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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by bigbog View Post
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    BD & an Energizer....
    You need a double sized light for Maine. It's darker than most places on the east coast.
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    My BD is the Cosmo.

    It has a main spot perfect for landing the boat or 2 lower intensity LED's great for unhooking fish or tying knots that also turn red.

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  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by billski View Post
    You need a double sized light for Maine. It's darker than most places on the east coast.
    You're right Bill, lots of dense softwooded areas with leafy hardwoods. Lots of leafy and rocky bluffs dropping off to wet/moist terrain by brooks.. You can still find em' ~every 2-3miles.
    ...Not to mention the country roads that extend into the boonies/sticks up here.
    ...Also keep handy a handheld big one...A-batteries powered. Once I get another 4wd vehicle I'll mod it with some extra lighting. Handy in remote areas.
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  5. #15
    Usually I end up using the light on my cell phone...

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  6. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkshot99 View Post
    Usually I end up using the light on my cell phone...

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    Groan... I know you are half-serious, but lots of people read this, so here's my public-service announcement for lurkers...

    As someone leading an effort to reduce Search and Rescue missions in the white mountain, we've lost count of the number of people who believe a cell phone light will be sufficient. TCell phone lights are good for a walk in the park, but with rocks, boulders, roots and trees, it's damn near impossible to get a sense for what's up ahead. I've led teams out in the pitch dark, he woods are darker than you think - they suck up lumens So then when you trip, fall and break your leg from what you didn't see, you'll need to call 911 on your cell phone which is probably losing the battery power necessary for SAR team to geo-locate you. Drop and break it, you're hosed.

    We are presently combing through multiple years of SAR data; it's shocking how many people have been lulled into believing that's their answer. One conservation officer told me that if he could stand on top of Franconia ridge and sell flashlights, he'd be rich. People don't realize until it's too late they need a more powerful light. Sad part is you can buy a pretty decent LED light for $10 these days.

    Which brings me to my last point. A national forest is not a national park. Very different. a forest has few visitor services, programs, developed areas or ADA-compliant trails. Much of our forest is inaccessible to vehicles and equipment without great effort and expense. That's why the vast majority of the WMNF is called "back country".
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  7. #17
    I would not even consider hiking out where I am in the forests in the dark. However we do have and emergency pack with a smaller LED flashlight if by some chance it did get dark while hiking . But my biggest concern are mountain lions. Plus flashlight hiking if you go off track does not help a whole lot but GPS does.

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  8. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by billski View Post
    Groan... I know you are half-serious, but lots of people read this, so here's my public-service announcement for lurkers...

    As someone leading an effort to reduce Search and Rescue missions in the white mountain, we've lost count of the number of people who believe a cell phone light will be sufficient. TCell phone lights are good for a walk in the park, but with rocks, boulders, roots and trees, it's damn near impossible to get a sense for what's up ahead. I've led teams out in the pitch dark, he woods are darker than you think - they suck up lumens So then when you trip, fall and break your leg from what you didn't see, you'll need to call 911 on your cell phone which is probably losing the battery power necessary for SAR team to geo-locate you. Drop and break it, you're hosed.

    We are presently combing through multiple years of SAR data; it's shocking how many people have been lulled into believing that's their answer. One conservation officer told me that if he could stand on top of Franconia ridge and sell flashlights, he'd be rich. People don't realize until it's too late they need a more powerful light. Sad part is you can buy a pretty decent LED light for $10 these days.

    Which brings me to my last point. A national forest is not a national park. Very different. a forest has few visitor services, programs, developed areas or ADA-compliant trails. Much of our forest is inaccessible to vehicles and equipment without great effort and expense. That's why the vast majority of the WMNF is called "back country".
    No I was serious, but I don't go hiking. If I did actual hikes I would use a headlamp flashlight so my hands are free. I have a nice one i keep in my truck and one on my motorcycle incase I have issues at night.

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  9. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkshot99 View Post
    No I was serious, but I don't go hiking. If I did actual hikes I would use a headlamp flashlight so my hands are free. I have a nice one i keep in my truck and one on my motorcycle incase I have issues at night.



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    The vast majority of in-the-dark hikers are those who did not anticipate the length of their hike nor that light diminishes faster in the woods than on a peak or wide open area. Which is why knowing sunset time is so important. One conservation officer told me he can sit in the parking lot in Franconia Notch and watch a stream of cell phone lights coming out of the woods after sunset.
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