Couldn’t help daydreaming
JMT DAY 19 - DUSY BASIN
I wished that I had spent more time at every stop I made in Dusy Basin than just taking a few snaps. But we didn’t think that we had a whole lot of time. Although it was a day hike without so much weight to carry (till the resupplies were picked up), the elevation gain to Bishop Pass (11,972 ft) was expected over 2,500 feet. Besides, we didn’t want to be late to meet our friends.
It turned out that we ended up waiting for about an hour and a half. Of course, it allowed me to do timelapse while waiting. Regrettably though, not a single cloud lingered in the blue sky, which meant no action to capture for timelapse.
The presence of the long wall of peaks and ridges that separated Dusy Basin from Palisade Basin in the south was felt at every turn. Led by the prominent Columbine Peak (12,652 ft), the wall was reflected on every water surface on which I laid my eyes.
If so little backpackers were met in this basin, I wondered how little actually go into Palisade Basin. With the view of North Palisade (14,248 ft), 4th highest in California, and Mt. Sill (14,159 ft), 6th highest, which towered over the basin in the east, I couldn’t help daydreaming about venturning into Palisade Basin and capturing the sunset glow cast on them.
Dusy Basin, Kings Canyon National Park, CA
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