Day 5, 6:32 AM - South rim of Palisade Basin at sunrise
Return to day page View previous item South rim of Palisade Basin at sunrise Looking down into Palisade Basin Looking South into Palisade Basin... Before the big drop into Lower Palisade Basin Outflow from P. Basin - Source of Palisade Creek Entering Lower Palisade Basin - Overlook Descending the Golden Staircase The hazards of growing over granite White water break by the Kings River Subject on Day 5 (he's a rocker!) Outlet of Devils Washbasin, Kings River Inflow to Devils Washbasin Slot canyon in Devils Crags Fire haze hangs over a hot, dry canyon Sun setting behind Devils Crags View next item

Palisade Basin is a deep canyon, and early mornings in such places are stunning because of the way the the dawn's first light hits the high ridges. This is the first thing you see in the morning here, the second being a pair of mean old boots.

During the night, I had another idea. The folded socks I was using to push my feet back in the boots were also causing my heels to rub, creating hot spots which were just about to make the leap into blisterhood. Maybe the heel friction could be reduced by draping another pair of thin socks down between the heel and the back of the boot! It was certainly worth a try, but Dammit! Will it work? Stay tuned...