Decided to go for a short hike yesterday afternoon, about 1.5 hours from sundown. This is a little forested area which is relatively untraveled save for a few regulars, so it's normally really quiet, and great for seeing animal sign. The lighting during the hike was incredible. Dark grey clouds under a light grey overcast sky, lit up by a setting sun and reflecting off of the snow on the ground. Something to note is the layering system I'm using. Synthetic moisture wicking base layer, light fleece insulation layer, and a wool shirt-jac. This works so well at keeping your temperature regulated both while hiking, and while stopped, it's incredible. The three layers are so breathable and effective at their given tasks, the sweat was accumulating under the waxed webbing strap of my haversack, without a drop of sweat noticeable on my clothing, or skin. It was about +2C when I headed out, and ended up being about -2C when I got back, and I was perfectly comfortable the entire time. Yours truly sporting my new hot waxed Finnish gas mask bag scout kit. Lots of deer tracks up this way. I saw a few of them come out of the forest later that night. @Bushman5 Here's my walking staff. I'll also post this in your walking stick thread, as I said I would. 7' 3" tall, 1.25" thick hazel which weighs 1kg or 2.2lb, with an Elk antler topper, epoxied and pinned on with two 3/16" diameter brass rods. The change in ambient lighting, and overall plant life changed drastically as I moved from the new growth Maple forest, into the Old Growth. The dense Evergreen canopy above kept almost all of the snow from reaching the ground, allowing the green underbrush to survive. Heading back out into the new growth, with mixed old growth. Over the course of the past month, we were pummeled with freezing fog and rain, high winds, and heavy snow which ended up taking large trees down along the highway. I expected to find a lot more dead fall along the trail than I did. This is all I found. A small, dead Maple sapling fallen across the path at just below head height. I decided to remove it with my Laplander.