+scorpionkill Posted April 26, 2007 Share Posted April 26, 2007 Took a nice hike the other day to layout my nightcache route. I walked the old abandoned railroad tracks and placed my reflector tacks along the way. Last night I went out around 10:00 to check how the first part of the trail looked. I had an LED headlamp, an LED flashlight, a big spot light and an imitation mag light with me. The LED headlamp does a good job lighting up the tacks but it doesn't really provide any real long distance lighting, same with the LED flashlight I had so if you used just those it would be pretty creepy out there in the forrest. The big spot light works great but the battery charge goes quick so you can only use it sparingly (it is old not sure of how a new one would work). I get to the starting area and turn on the headlamp and the LED flashlight and start to follow the tacks. If you have never seen what this looks like at night let me tell you it is pretty cool. Well I start walking deeper and deeper into the woods along the tracks following my tacks and the futher I went the creepier it got. It had just finished raining so the rain drops falling off the trees and the animals rustling about started to play tricks on me. If I heard something rustling I would light it up with the spot light and that worked fine until the spot light died out. After that all I had was the LED lights and they light up the tacks alright but only light up your immediate area. I continue on and in the distance I can hear the cyotes howling. Now I consider myself a pretty brave guy and have been in the woods all by myself before at night but there was something about all of this that had me feeling creeped out So needless to say I turned around and went home. I would have had no problem doing this alone had my spot light stayed charged but with out the ability to see in the distance or to light up a big area if need be really takes you out of your comfort zone. I may have to up the difficulty rating on this cache. My GPS kept loosing signal due to the dense woods. For me that is OK since I knew the route but for a cache seeker this could become dangerous. The tacks lead you to the cache but not back out. There are several intersecting trails that can get you lost in a hurry if you don't know where you are. The track back feature is a must with this cache unless I place more tacks leading you out (which I might do- not sure) Sorry for such a long post. I just wanted to share my experience. Quote Link to comment
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