Hedcase will tell you that when CapitalBill and I hiked up Spence with him, he thought it was a pretty hard climb. He'll also laugh about the two little old ladies who waltzed up the trail and passed us while we collected water!
Your pace is the key. Tinker's plan won't wear anyone out.
Isn't it amazing how many people, from so far away, will say 'count me in!' almost immediately for a Gorge hike?