SHR 2012 ~ Day 7: Palisade Basin to LeConte Canyon

Dan at the top of Potluck Pass.
Day 7 started with Potluck Pass. This was an easy pass that leads to the rest of Palisade Basin. After an easy scramble we were at the top enjoying some amazing views.

The east side of Potluck Pass with the Palisades in the background to the right. 
The west side of Cirque Pass was clearly visible from the top of Potluck Pass. 

The west side of Cirque Pass from Potluck Pass.
Our route along Palisade Basin to the 'inconspicuous notch'. This was easy going compared to Frozen Lake Pass.

Our route though Palisade Basin.
Our next goal was Knapsack Pass. I had been here earlier in the summer when it was lush, green and filled with mosquitoes, but at this late in the season the foliage was mostly brown.

Knapsack Pass from Upper Barrett Lake (in September).

Barrett Lake earlier in June.

Barrett Lake earlier in June. Click for full size pano.

The view facing south from Knapsack Pass.

The view north into Dusy Basin and LeConte Canyon from Knapsack Pass. 
Dan took Bishop Pass out to his car at the South Lake trailhead and eventually back to Pittsburgh. He was a great hiking partner and it felt a little strange at first to be hiking solo after being with a hiking partner for eight days.

Fall colors on the way down from Dusy Basin toward LeConte Canyon.
I camped at a familiar spot in upper LeConte Canyon. I met a group of guys who were base camped at Little Pete Meadow who were just returning from a day hike to Muir Pass. They seemed really clean and it was then I realized how dirty I was. After a week of mostly cross country scrambling (and no shower) my legs were covered in dust and grime. Good times.

Camping with the monster in upper LeConte Canyon.

Candy and I had camped at this same spot a few months earlier. It felt a little like home. 

SRH ~ Day 7.

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