A weekly ramble up and around Spence Butte on a foggy March morning. Last year, the same date was hike #1; one week earlier this year. This ramble was slightly different / longer than last week’s but not material – <1mile delta.

The view from the top was beautiful in an old testament sort-of way

Small birds were everywhere and the small squirrels looked busy … but no larger birds of prey this week

All Trails Factoids

Distance: 10.7 miles | Elevation Gain: 2,631 ft | Avg Pace 21:27 / miles — Recording

Gear TypeFor this Hike
PackNorthFace ION 20L
ShoesColumbia Fabric Boots
Top LayersBaselayer + cotton L S + Fleece (1H only; 2H no fleece)
Bottom LayerREI heavy hiking pants
SocksDual layer REI Poly liner + REI lightweight Merino wool
Note: feet were much happier with the dual layers – practice to continue
WaterBladder 2 L (1 L drank)

Why the factoids and gear list? It helps me refine my gear set to what really works as well as what is NOT needed – constantly working to carry only necessary and sufficient weight while keeping my back, legs and feet as happy as possible.

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