Topo Athletic Trailventure

Following the success of Topo trail runners (summer shoes), and a need for wet and muddy hiking shoes, a new hiking boot was tested. The Topo Trailventure (REI link) Here’s REI’s snippet on the shoe  Full eVentĀ® waterproof inner-bootie construction … Read More

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Hiking gear list – end of season 2021

After around 800 hiking miles this season, the final ‘go-to-gear’ list is ready to be baselined and improved for next season. Weight goals: Day Hiking – as light as possible, but weather dictates (OR weather can demand 2 rain shells, … Read More

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Spencer Skies – late October 21

On a gear test hike the last week of October, the skies were again remarkable. Early was grey, layered clouds and rain in the distance. After several hours, the sky opened up w/ patches of blue as the heavier grey … Read More

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Around the lake Oct ’21

A recent family trip to a wonderfully clean and peaceful glacial lake gave the camera opportunities not often experienced at home. The time spent there was spectacular and merits often returns – especially as my legs age and swimming becomes … Read More

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Ridgeline e2e1up

Another unstable air day for a time-boxed hike on Ridgeline Trail (All Trails). For the time box, I wanted to be home, coffee-full and showered by 1pm; between enough light to see and that time constraint, it was up to … Read More

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Fog and mist

The gallery pics from yesterday’s Ridgeline hike are posted now The weather has been so kind this year so far … dry, hot, but could have been so much worse. I will keep going to the woods regardless …

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Ridgeline Trail 10-12-21

Another autumn day perfect for hiking – cold, crisp and clear (at least to start). To minimize carbon cost, Ridgeline Trail was the destination, a short 10 minute drive right outside Eugene. Left early to catch sunrise as usual though … Read More

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Biking along the Willamette

Adding the Dorris Ranch, Middle Fork and Clearwater Park paths to the Eugene path along the river to Delta Highway, one can find a fairly decent day’s ride along the Willamette River. Most of the 30+ miles of this ride … Read More

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Marys Peak – both ridges

Both to catch a sunrise and to test out a new backpack (Osprey Exos 58) headed out to Mary’s Peak Conners Camp / East Ridge TH (All Trails). The trip to TH passed thru agricultural land pitch-black; stopped to look … Read More

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Ridgeline with 2 Spencer ups

A supposedly rainy day expected, so geared up accordingly and headed to the Fox Hollow TH very early – arriving just before first light. Getting ready to go, a pair of trail runners with headlamps ‘on’ stopped for portapot and … Read More

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Rainy Ridgeline Tr e2e 2up

I was going hiking come rain or not; it rained about 1/3 of the time, misted 1/3 of the time, and was foggy the balance. Obviously, the NIkon stayed home, so all pics are iPhone SE2 camera. The hike started … Read More

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Another Spencer sunrise

Breaks in the weather are not to be taken lightly in an Oregon winter. Another day with a possible clear sunrise, and my hiking boots were ready! I set off a bit earlier than the other hike this week. Today’s … Read More

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Spencer sunrise Jan 11

WIth very unstable air that turned cold to warm to cold and back to warm, I headed out to Spencer Butte, Fox Hollow trailhead for a good 15+mile ramble and importantly timed to catch the sunrise at the top. Driving … Read More

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