My first stealth camping night
- I was here: http://tinyurl.com/39nbl7
It's only about a mile from my house; easy overnighter with my
daypack. Two liters of water, no food. Explored the park for a
couple of hours -- the early blueberries are nummy. Took too long to
find a good spot, so tied up using my headlamp.
I'd hoped that my light 45 degree fleece bag would be ok for a mild
night in my clothes. No. With the low sinking to the upper 50s, I
added my car shade mylar+foam pad, bandanna head cover and my backup
space blanket. Need to see if I can fit my fluffy sleeping bag on
Clear sky, so tried using my tarp in the stuff bag for a pillow. Not
comfortable. Maybe try something inflatable next time.
Of course, when you're cold at night, you pee a lot. I wanted to get
away from the hammock, but I was also concerned about losing it in the
dark. My headlamp has a flashing mode, so I hung it on a tree as a
return beacon. Used my tiny backup light for walking. Seems
dangerously high tech. What do other people do to keep from getting
lost in the dark?
- --- In email@example.com, "dt king" <whipmaker@...> wrote:
>My headlamp has a flashing mode, so I hung it on a tree as aYou need to be careful with that as you can get turned around real
> return beacon. Used my tiny backup light for walking. Seems
> dangerously high tech. What do other people do to keep from getting
> lost in the dark?
easy at night.
Personally, I use a small backup LED on a loop of string around my
neck and one of the newer LED headlamps that I upgraded to that has
both a 1 watt LED and several of the lesser LED's-- with that it has
either a spot light or a proximity light. If I am going to walk away
from my hammock I position the small backup LED to light up my tarp
and use the 1 Watt mode of the other light to light up my path. The
higher powered LED lights are usually focused as a spot light or a
flood light while the weaker LED lights are basically proximity
lighting. As I understand it, LED proximity lighting is a wide angle
light that lights up everything in front of you for up to 10 feet or
so, a LED flood light is a narrower beam with a higher output LED
designed primarily to light up what is 20 to 50 feet away and a 1W LED
spot light has an even narrower beam and primarily designed to light
up what is 50 to 150 feet away. Of course, I am pulled those numbers
our of the air to try to point out the differences and there are
certainly higher output light sources that carry a lot further.
But, a light isn't just a light. My reasoning is that basically you
need, or would like to have, proximity lighting to do stuff within
arms reach at your campsite, you would want a flood light to light up
a path ahead of you, and a spot light to locate or find things at a
But for nature calls I generally use a pee bottle, the proximity light
on the LED headlamp, and stay in my hammock... especially when it is cold.