Gear Test: silicone toe sleeves
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Ok, i’ll admit it, I have serious feet / toes issues. I was blessed with genetic bias for bunions, hammer toes and corns (calluses). Those are usually enough to give serious hikers an issue. In addition, I have run (and … Read More

Gear Test hike – friends
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On a recent local gear test hike, the weather was mostly wet (but warm) and pictures were few. The gear test itself will be written up shortly as the gear now has >50miles of experience. Regardless, the day was slim … Read More

Ending October 21 camera posted
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A two day set of pics from a gear test hike really showed OR skies and trees (weather too) … Enjoy – posted on camera page, or directly

October ending ’21
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Over two gear test hikes this October as well as walking around town, October’s transition into November was striking … Near the end of the month, the skies were still able to burn off to clear with thin and wispy … Read More

Topo Athletic Trailventure
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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

Hiking gear list – end of season 2021
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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

Spencer Skies – late October 21
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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

Around the lake Oct ’21
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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

Stone Lake October 2021
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Several days with a camera on Stone Lake … The lake – clean water, country living and no wakes The mornings – different weather reflections The moon – while there, the moon was BIG The birds – a roost for … Read More

Mica & Leo
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Sometimes a dog and a cat not only make friends but can entertain everybody who watches. A gathering of great friends brought together a cat and a dog … A 5 year old cat, Leo, and a young puppy, Mica, … Read More