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Discussion Forum - Events - Night Walking


Author: Mike Childs
Posted: Tue 10th Feb 2009, 19:18
Joined: 1990
Local Group: Dorset
Hi Trevor,

Just to complicate things, in my experience - for night navigation (i.e. not just walking) it is useful to carry a small hand torch. I find that a head torch is great for reading maps and looking at the ground, but when you are tired and in a dark foggy field looking for a vegetation obscured stile in a hedge, you cannot beat a good focused beam fron a hand torch. It also provides a spare back up and saves struggling to change batteries with cold hands in the middle of the night.

So, what I do now is wear a basic Petzel lightweight head torch and also carry a Mini Maglite (that is, the 2 X AA cell torch - not a micro) for navigation and route finding The newer LED mini maglites are very bright and efficient with a very long battery life. They also focus to a beam that will pick up small detail 30 metres away. That works for me.

regards mike
Author: Roy Turner
Posted: Sun 8th Feb 2009, 15:00
Joined: 1988
Local Group: Vermuyden (South Yorks)
Author: Steve Jelfs
Posted: Sun 8th Feb 2009, 10:37
Joined: 1998
Local Group: Heart of England
i you can still get hold of a petzl semi head +hand tourch
they are great because you can either hold it in your hand or put on your head
if not go out doors do a good range of head torches
Author: Trevor White
Posted: Fri 6th Feb 2009, 21:22
Joined: 2006
Local Group: South Wales
Can anyone recommend a good but not to expensive head torch. I am due to take part in my first walk with a night section.

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