Oh hiking guru …
Well, the shortest day of the year is December 21st in the northern hemisphere.
Must be that the sun starts rising earlier December 22nd.
In Saskatoon, Canada the sun rose at 9:14 AM on December 22nd.
Then later for the next couple of weeks.
It did not start rising earlier until Jan 8th.
This little known fact has something to do with the Equation of time.
Warren Long noticed as he leaves for work around that time on a bike. And was wondering why he was not seeing sunrise sooner.