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How to Hike at Night

How to Hike at Night

Hiking at night is very different from hiking during the day. While it goes against the grain, night hiking can present a whole new spin on your hiking adventures. If you’re interested in hiking at night, here’s some insight on why to do it plus tips on night hiking basics to keep you safe as you enjoy the wonders of the dark.

Why Hike at Night?

Hiking in the daytime provides you with only one spectrum of experience in the outdoors – what it’s like to be out in the light. Here are some reasons behind the rationale of why it’s groovy to night hike.

Change It Up

If we do the same things in life the same way all the time, we’re always going to feel the same. That’s a little too much of the same, isn’t it? If you want to shake up your hiking routine, night hiking affords you the opportunity to have a contrasting, varied experience. Taking a hike in an open valley on a full moon night, climbing up a hilltop in the dark to catch a brilliant sunrise, stargazing in the desert as you walk – these are all beautiful, enriching experiences you can have if you try night hiking. Some say that a downside to night hiking is that you see less; however, I’d say you just see different things.

New Relationships

Hiking at night asks you to let go of your attachment to seeing everything; you need to tune into other ways of navigating. Here presents an opportunity to develop a new relationship with both your inner and outer environments.

  • Inner: You can develop a new relationship between your hearing and other senses of perception. Night hiking may give you the chance to feel you’re more in the present moment since you have to pay more attention to your footing and body awareness.
  • Outer: With your senses keen, you can create a strong connection to the environment and surroundings. You may find you notice things at night you wouldn’t normally in the daytime, and you’re more conscious of wildlife. Nocturnal wildlife viewing is also possible, which can be a real treat.

Fewer People

Popular trails and parks can get busy with crowds, and some hikers find this disrupts their connection to nature. Hiking at night presents an occasion to be quiet and away from the masses, which can be a respite if you normally live a busy, social life. And if you’re an introvert, hiking at night is the way to go.

Beautiful sunsets aren't a sign that you have to stop hiking for the day
Beautiful sunsets aren’t a sign that you have to stop hiking for the day

Cooler Temperatures

Depending on where you’re hiking, the blazing sun can feel scorching when you hike in the prime heat of the day. Hiking at night grants relief from this scenario, which may maximize enjoyment and reduce the risk of dehydration or heat exhaustion.

Thru-hikers and other long-distance hikers often use these tactics. It can be unbearable to hike in midday in the southern section of the Pacific Crest Trail or in the thick of a hot, humid summer day on the Appalachian Trail. So, they’ll get up before dawn to get some early miles in while it’s still dark and cooler, take a break and siesta midday, and then bang out more miles as the sun lowers and darkness creeps in. Some hikers even opt to flip their schedule completely and do all of their hiking at night, just to avoid the heat. (Keep reading for more notes and tips on the logistics and safety of this approach).


No, you’re never going to be absolutely forced to hike at night. However, there are a few particular circumstances where it may seem like it’s a necessity.

  • You Need the Miles – If you’re on a long-distance hike and feel pressed for time, you may have to factor in some extended days of hiking to get the miles done you need to reach your goal. Therefore, hiking at night may become a part of this equation.
  • Firmer Snow – Once the warm sun hits snow, it becomes tacky and mushy, making it tough to hike without post-holing. Some hikers feel they need to hike when it’s still dark to cover the distance over the snow. In a big snow year in the Sierra Nevada section of the Pacific Crest Trail, this is a common approach.
  • Weather Considerations – Both times I hiked the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, we started hiking at 3:00 am in order to get over the Thorong La Pass before noon. We needed to do this because it was typical that the winds would gust and blow starting midday, making it unsafe to go over the pass at 17,769 feet.

Is Hiking at Night Safe?

Before getting into the basics of night hiking and tips, it’s important to address the question of whether it’s safe…or dangerous. It’s worth noting that even day hiking can be unsafe if someone isn’t prepared. The same goes with night hiking – if you don’t know what you’re getting into, problems may arise. Yes, there are more skills required of night hiking, but once you’ve got those covered, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t give it a try.

Accidents can happen in the backcountry anytime, yet they are less likely if you’re savvy and prepared. Being overly confident and not taking it seriously, underestimating terrain and weather, plus poor navigation skills (which can lead to getting lost) are all things you want to stamp out before you start night hiking.

Night hiking can be both special and safe as long as you're prepared
Night hiking can be both special and safe as long as you’re prepared

Night Hiking Basics

In order to keep safe and to enjoy yourself while night hiking, here are some valuable tips so you can give it a go.

Lighting Considerations

Even if it’s a full moon night and you think you’ll be able to see everything, you still need a lighting device to keep with you. Headlamps are recommended because they’re hands-free, meaning you won’t possibly drop it if you were handling a flashlight. Choose a headlamp that has multiple settings (low and high), plus a red-light feature. Your eyes are less sensitive to the wavelengths of red light, meaning your night vision will be less impacted by it.

  • Turn your light away if another hiker is approaching; you don’t want to be responsible for having him start at zero again in attaining night vision because you shined a bright light in his eyes. A red-light setting is also helpful at camp or when with friends for this reason.
  • Be sure you know how to use the headlamp with its various settings before you set out for your adventure.
  • Take extra batteries, or even an extra lighting device, as a back-up.
  • Having a headlamp with you is essential, yet you don’t always have to use it. It’s a good idea to not turn your headlamp on as soon as it begins to get dark because you want to give your eyes time to adjust to night vision. As your eyes adapt to the darkness, your night vision improves so you can best witness the landscape, wildlife, and stars in the sky. Think of it as developing a new superpower.
  • There are many headlamps on the market with a range of features, lumens, and costs.

I’ve had a trusty Black Diamond headlamp for years, which leads me to recommend these three:

Always prepared on my hikes with my headlamp
Always prepared on my hikes with my headlamp

The Buddy System

It’s highly advisable to not night hike solo, just in case. Hiking with a friend or group is a solid plan, especially in situations mentioned before like hiking on snow when it’s firmer at night. You’re also less likely to feel jumpy or nervous when hiking with other people because those night sounds can definitely play with your head sometimes.

I discussed earlier how some thru-hikers elect to flip their schedule in the heat and hike mostly at night, and it’s worth saying the safety of this revolves around doing it with others. The buddy system also entails letting someone know your itinerary and plans before you go. Having a person know what you’re up to ensures that if something does go awry, you’re accounted for and someone’s got your back.

Know the Trail

Being familiar with a trail you’ve hiked before is a great way to start out with night hiking if it’s new for you. Some would say it’s not a good idea to hike any trail at night unless you’ve walked it before, yet as a thru-hiker who has hiked on new sections of trail for the first time at night, I can’t say that. What I can say though is that we need to be smart about it. Knowing what type of trail is coming ahead would determine whether I felt safe hiking it at night or not. For example, hiking at night on a narrow trail above steep cliffs is something I’d avoid.

Below are some other factors to consider.

  • Make sure the trail is marked – The Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails are very well blazed with trail markers, so I felt safe having a sense of where I was going without it being a familiar trail. When night hiking, be sure the trail/route is obvious and stay observant to not miss a turn.
  • Terrain – What type of terrain does the trail have? Is it rocky, sketchy, or narrow, so perhaps not suited to night hiking?
  • Check that the trail is open at night – Some parks and parking lots close at sunset, meaning if you get back to your car at 11:00 pm, your car may be gated in the lot for the night…eeek. Do your research beforehand to avoid this bummer of a scenario.
  • Slow down – Hiking at night somewhat forces you to go slower, so take this in stride, be patient and relish in a slower pace to notice your surroundings.

Navigation and Maps

Preparedness with knowing the trail goes hand in hand with having a map (and knowing how to read it) and/or a navigation device with maps on it. It’s way easier to get lost while night hiking if you lose the sense of where you’re going or make a wrong turn. Phones can die or lose battery, so have a back-up charger if you rely on navigation that way. It’s always wise to have a paper map with you in case technology fails, or you just happen to drop your phone in a river. Hey, you never know.

The moon on the horizon winks at me as I hike from daytime to night on the Pacific Crest Trail
The moon on the horizon winks at me as I hike from daytime to night on the Pacific Crest Trail


We all know there are no guarantees when it comes to Mother Nature, however, checking the weather report before your night hike is smart and proactive. Weather can make any kind of hiking dicey, and that amplifies when it’s dark out due to limited vision. Icy conditions are especially treacherous, and who needs to be hiking in a thunder and lightning storm at night or day?

If the weather does unexpectedly change during your night hike, always have rain gear and extra layers with you. There’s also nothing wrong with turning back or setting up camp if you’re backpacking; being able to adapt to ever-changing situations is invariably the winning card.

Gear Tips

‘Know Thy Gear’ is an excellent mantra, because it’s no fun to be out in the backcountry, especially in the dark, clueless about how to use some fancy new tent. Whether you’re out for a few hours at night or backpacking, know how to use your gear.

Besides a headlamp, here are a few gear and packing tips for a night excursion:

  • Trekking Poles – I swear by trekking poles in most all hikes, but especially for night hiking. They help with your footing placement and stability while giving you that added feeling of security, in particular going downhill. I’m a fan of Leki Cressida Poles.
  • Snacks, Food & Water – Take extra of all these things with you. Be aware of the water situation where you’re hiking, in case you need to carry a water filter or if you have to bring more if there are no water sources. You can still get dehydrated at night even if temperatures are cooler.
  • Clothing & Layering – Hiking up a sweat means you want quick-drying, breathable clothing. Layers are important since you will inevitably heat up and cool off, so have options in your pack. Remember that temperatures drop at night so it’s essential to be prepared with extra clothing.
  • Footwear – Feel comfortable with your shoes and how you handle walking in them. A new night hiking trip may not be the best time to break in a new pair.
  • Stay Organized – Keep your backpack organized so you can find things easily with less lighting.
Hiking under the light of a full moon is a sublime experience.
Hiking under the light of a full moon is a sublime experience.

The Wildlife Situation

As with all hiking, know what the wildlife and animal situation is in the area you’re night hiking. There are different precautions and levels of awareness needed if you’re hiking in grizzly bear territory or snake country than on a coastal walk, for example. Here are some considerations:

  • First, remember that you’re in their house. Be respectful and aware so you all can be safe and in harmony.
  • Try to make some noise as you walk to announce your presence gently, to avoid catching any unaware predators on your merry way.
  •  Make note that many wild animals are most active early morning and late evening. This can be great if your aim is to do some wildlife viewing on your night hike, yet it also raises the stakes of encountering them.
  • If you’re in bear country, carry bear spray. If in snake territory, wear socks and high boots because snakes rarely bite above the ankle and this minimizes the chances of being bitten. Walking in the cooler night air is sublime in the desert, yet it’s not the way to avoid snakes.
  • With all of that said, encounters with wildlife can happen any time of day, so be conscious while night hiking and do your research to know what’s possibly on the trail with you.

Parting Thoughts

Hiking at night can be a rewarding and enlivening experience that can offer another dimension to hiking life. It can also give you a new connection with yourself and with the environment, in addition to the many other reasons people hike at night. By taking some time to familiarize yourself with the basics and tips of night hiking, you can feel prepared and safe for relishing starry nights, forest wanderings, and moonlit horizons.

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About the author

Heather Daya Rideout has been a life-long outdoorswoman. Her pursuits and passion for hiking and camping have taken her around the world for many long-distance trips; such as backpacking in Nepal, India, South America, Morocco, Europe, and North America. Heather has hiked the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, the Colorado Trail, the Arizona Trail and a route of 1,500 miles combining several Camino routes through Spain and Portugal. On any given day she would rather be outdoors than anything else and her lifestyle is a direct reflection of that deep love affair with nature. Heather currently lives in Idaho and she’s having a wondrous time experiencing the beauty it offers. You can read some of her other writing at


  1. She’s referenced being smart, a lot more than being safe. I like that. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you’ll never be safe.

  2. Nice topic choice. I can’t say I recall anyone blogging or vlogging about this subject before.

  3. I don’t comment very often (but read the site regularly for its top quality content)…
    I have to agree with both Peter Johnson and Roger – a great post. Thank you.

  4. I have had to night hike twice during my through hikes. In both cases to reach a trailhead so that I could use permits that were incredibly hard to get owing to BLM access restrictions. I had not planned on having to do so and I had not practiced it, I’ll admit that right up front. I HATED it. I found it disorienting to the point of getting dizzy. I was on a dirt road, my headlamp illuminating a 6’ diameter circle in the pitch black night. I had no idea where I was on the road bed. For all I know I swerved like a drunken sailor (my apologies to sober sailors). I am sure I would have noticed that I was getting off-course before falling into the ditch, so it was mostly a mind game that I played on myself.

    Does anything of this sound familiar and do you have any suggestions? In a few weeks I will be heading out again and have a permit for an exact day to cross an access-controlled area on around day 40 of the hike, so the likelihood is pretty high that I will have to do again what I don’t like to do.


    • Oh man, Thomas, that sounds rough. It almost sounds a bit like vertigo to me. What headlamp do you use? Here are some thoughts I have:

      —Perhaps you need a headlamp with more lumens for higher visibility?

      —I play around with how I angle my headlamp (mine adjust, as many do, to tilt up-middle-down. When I angle to the middle, I get a broader view. Maybe that can be helpful.

      —Are you giving your eyes enough time to adjust to the dark as light slips away?

      —I encourage you not to do it, if possible, if it doesn’t work for you. Getting hurt just isn’t worth it.

      • I have found that night hiking in rocky, rooty terrain, having a flashlight or a second light source at waist level helps to supplement the headlamp and aids in better obstacle perception. In smooth trails, not needed.

      • Thanks Heather. I have a Black Diamond Spot which puts out 300 lumens which sounds reasonable to me and the weight is tolerable. I would not want to schlepp around a bigger, heavier lamp on my long hikes, given that I only use it only in a pinch. Around camp I use a tiny Petzl.

        The suggestion about the angle is interesting. I directed the cone more or less right in front of my feet and the middle distance, on reasonably flat ground at least, might be better. This might also lead to a broader cone and a better “sense of place” if you will. Interesting! I’ll have to try that out.

        Thanks for your response and suggestion.

    • No advice, but certainly empathy. As I noted below, limited depth perception + atavistic fear of the dark + a fertile imagination = I don’t hike in the dark. I’ve had similar experiences to yours. Everything looks the same in the dark. I’m terrified of wandering off the trail on a game trail in those places where the main trail is not a wide, smooth path. Case in point: in a campground, after using the bathroom at night, I’ve had trouble finding my way back to my own campsite.

    • Be careful stumbling into someone’s campsite in the middle of the night. I’ve had that happen and it’s disconcerting.

  5. Heather-
    Good Solid Post. I would like to share a couple of pro-tips gain from my military training. We do everything at night… If hiking with others it’s a good idea to wear eye protection (clear lens). How many times has the person in front of you lets a branch go that hits you in the face?

    When stopped taking a break with others or looking over a map or checking your gear, put your headlamp around the neck to let it hang down. This way when you go to look at someone you are not shining the light in their face.

    Pack your gear the same way each time you go out. If you happen to run out of batteries and need to access your gear in the dark. You should know the general area of an item. This helps from pulling things out and missing something you placed on the ground

    • Hi Rian, that’s a good tip about protecting I’ve eyewear if in forested areas. I absolutely agree to drop your headlamp when with people, or to use redlight mode as much as possible. I love the tip about getting into the habit of packing your pack the same way all the time to find things; that’s a helpful share!

    • rian, great tip on hanging headlamp around neck. I learned this years ago as we camp Catalina Island yearly and it is what i practice at night.

  6. My family jokes that I never come out of the mountains in daylight. There’s enough truth to that statement to explain why I carry a couple headlights on day hikes. Sometimes the extra comes in handy for loaning to someone else on the trail who suffered from the same lapse of neuron activity as me and ended up more interested in watching the scenery than keeping track of the amount of residual daylight.

    In caving, the recommendation is three sources of light. Caving is certainly hiking in the dark and can you imagine the stress you’d feel if you were down to your last source of light?

    I usually don’t break out the lights until it’s very dark because I enjoy using my night vision in the fading light. I don’t want to wipe that out. Sometimes, I start with the red light and only switch to white when the red is no longer sufficient for the hike.

    Hiking by moonlight, especially in the desert of Big Bend is sublime. I’ve hiked miles in the mountains and canyons just by the light of the full moon. It’s a surreal experience!

    There are a few things mentioned in this post that I practice, and as usual, I generally learned them them from bone headed lack of foresight… pun not disavowed!

    I keep my headlight in the same spot in my pack every time. That way, I don’t have to fumble for it in the dark. I learned that lesson the hard way when backpacking with my grandson when he was five. He was getting freaked out by the dark and it took me a long time to find the headlights.

    If you’re on a sketchy trail, it’s easy to get off of it in the dark by following what looks like openings through the trees, especially if you’re relying on your night vision in the deepening darkness after sunset. I did that once with two grandsons when trying to find our planned campsite in the dark in Arkansas. The campsite was in an open area on top of a mountain and when the trail started leading us down a steep slope, I realized we weren’t where I hoped we’d be. I broke out the headlights and we were just following breaks in the trees.

    Something I’ve noticed with headlights is that it’s difficult to make out the texture of a trail since the shadows cast are directly away from your vision. If I’m on a trail with extra tripping hazards, I’ll often move the light to chest level. That way, the shadows of rocks and roots are more easily seen. I’m still working on a good system to clamp a light there that will stay pointed the direction I wish so that I don’t have to use my light as a flashlight and can free my hands.

    • Hi Grandpa, and thank you for your detailed share. I appreciated the tip on adjusting the headlamp to chest level for sketchy terrain. And yes, we often do learn through our mishaps. Once on the A.T I set out to hike before dawn and my headlamp was very dim with low batteries. I got turned about on trail (it had been a blue blaze to a shelter) and made the decision to stop where I was, sit down, meditate, and wait till dawn to continue to be safe while hiking out. I learned real good to always have several back up batteries!

  7. Neat topic! Will think about it!

  8. I enjoy hiking at night. It seems to me, that hiking when it’s dark “flattens out” the terrain. I don’t seem to notice the smaller ups and downs as much.

    Anyone else?

  9. I love night hiking the AT; especially in winter with a little reflective snow accumulation. Anything approaching a full moon, and the visbility in a deciduous forest is quite good. I ALWAYS hike blaze to blaze to avoid losing the trail, I know the various colors of some animals eyes to id them, and text my hike plan to a friend.

  10. Thanks for sharing your experience and tips, se7enhikes. Any thyme if full moon hiking is beautiful, and it’s good to point out it can be so in the forest also. Many people just think about that will a big, open space.

  11. Great article Heather! Valuable tips. I agree that it is always good to pack your brain!! I was hiking in Katmai NP Alaska, it was our first day along the coast after being dropped off by float plane. The tide was coming in fast and we were cliffed out. Stuck after dark and on edge after some brown bear encounters we stumbled around looking for a tent site above high tide line. We heard thrashing around in a small brackish stream near us ,convinced that we were about to have a too close encounter with a bear we stood with headlamps aimed and bear spray at the ready. I saw eyeshine coming up the sandy hill right toward us. We started yelling HEY BEAR when in the light a soaking wet red fox with a salmon almost as big as it was came trotting by seemingly unconcerned and disappeared in the long grass. Stomachs in knots we skipped dinner that night. Spring of 2018 found me on the side of miller peak in the huachucas on day one of the azt. Choosing to backtrack at night to tub spring I nearly jumped out of my skin when a brilliant light illuminated me. It was a sensor light and camera so I waved to it and kept going. I was tired and hiking uphill when I got a creepy feeling. Turning around i saw the headlamp of someone following me. It stopped when I stopped and did not respond to the flashing of my headlamp. I got to a marginal campsite and unpacked waiting for the what i hoped was the . Border Patrol who never came. I collected my containers to go down the hill to the spring when I caught eyeshine in my headlamp nearby in some light brush. I’m from ohio so thinking it was a raccoon I turned the beam on high.I use my running light, a Petzl Nao so it’s pretty bright. There in the bright light crouched a mountain lion watching me. It was too close. I yelled and waved my trekking poles over my head. The cat did not like the light so it got up and tried to move out of it. I saw it’s shoulder muscles rippling, it was big . It would’nt leave so i yelled and took a lunge step toward it. It turned and went down the hill. I set up and skipped my water run. Before turning in i did one last sweep of my light and saw kitty still watching me about 100 yards down . The night was cold and uneventful. I am convinced the strong light helped make it go away . Now i always carry a 1000 lumen light

  12. I’ve night-hiked a lot over the past 28 years, all in the Eastern US, and the only time I felt less secure was when fog poured in. Obviously, the thicker the fog the worse. It’s a lot more difficult to make out the danger points, trail turns and intersections, etc. in foggy conditions. Your light source isn’t as useful. (Think of how driving, using high beams, actually is counterproductive.) If I knew it was likely to be foggy, that is a factor determining whether I night-hike or not. If it became foggy unexpectedly, that was my cue to slow down and pay even closer attention, ending the hike early if possible. Being aware that fog can be an issue, among others, is the best argument for night-hiking on trails you know well from previous day-hiking or backpacking.

    • Thank you, Jim for bringing up fog as a condition to avoid night hiking in. Definitely essential to not night hike when weather limits visibility even more.

    • I’ve learned to hold the headlamp in my hand in the fog (perhaps you do that too) to avoid trying to see through the “globe of light” hovering in front of my face. It still slows you down and means you can’t use 2 trekking poles, but it’s the way to go under those conditions – or a flashlight.

  13. Limited depth perception + atavistic fear of the dark + remarkably fertile imagination = I don’t hike at night. Like cowboy camping, I admire those of you who can do it.

    At some point, I’d like to try a 100-mile race, and I’ll have to run overnight. I’ll have to train in the dark. A few years ago, I did my first overnight 12-hour race. I ran the Twilight 12-hour, which is less-than 3-mile loop, and the race is more a party than a race. It was the perfect venue for someone like me. Even so, I saw & heard things that weren’t there. And yeah, I’m looking forward to doing it again. :-)

  14. Great article. Lots to think about here. I don’t often hike in the dark because I want to set up camp while still light. I find it hard to identify widow makers in the dark. In open areas like the west that is not an issue. Here in the Mid Atlantic there are a lot of standing dead trees.

    • That’s a great point.

      I always plan to have my campsite picked out 30-60 minutes before sunset. I’d rather not deal with trying to set up camp in dim light or dark.

  15. I did the AT 2/22/02-8/5/02. Hiking @ night is asking for trouble.
    Your headlamp shines 4-6 ft. in front of YOU. That one tree root under the leaves could put you in the hospital or worse. My dog woke me because of woman crying, she tripped on a root, did a face plant, broke 4 front teeth, & split her lip.
    She was the last of 3 or 4 hikers with her, all with head lamps, the others walked right over that root.

    • Another issue is that if you have a problem like she did, there might not be anyone else on the trail who would find you to render aid. That’s my biggest worry when I’m hiking in the dark. On my section hikes with Larry, he always picks a site with plenty of daylight, although at times I’ve wandered in well after dark because I’m old and slow.

      Some of us are completely capable of tripping on a tree root in broad daylight. I took three brutal daylight pratfalls (splatfalls?) on my last section hike, split my lip, tore my brand new pants and bloodied my leg, arm and face, all that in 103 miles. At least I didn’t break any teeth. On the bright side, I’m getting over 34 miles to the face plant, which is actually pretty good mileage for me!

    • Yes, this is a solid point, Tim. Hiking at night does pose some risk especially if the terrain is sketchy. When in doubt, I say don’t do it…but there can be some cases it goes just fine. We never know do we, even with hiking in the day, yet definitely less risk there in the light.

      • Im a morning dawdler so i hike at night to make up miles. I agree with Jim on the fog if it’s late just set up. Kim is exactly right on the limited depth perception.On my first 100k I tripped and fell because it was hard to tell how big the rocks were. My headlamp was washing out my ability to anticipate where my next foot placement was going to be (I was in rocksylvania) and because I was pretending I was running. I saw people doing it though. It takes some cognitive retraining I guess. Like Grandpa my worst falls were in daylight with my hands entangled in trekking pole straps. Who would have known you can stab yourself with them! I have since cut them off. Waist lights work really well and reveal the ground much better You can attach your light with velcro straps to your waist band. Or buy a Kogella Ra and run it off your power bank. UltrAspire makes a good rechargable belt light. + 1 on the all night party Kim!!!

  16. Beckie (Beckie and Prema on the trail reports)

    Great article! Here’s a funny story. My daughter and I had West Bond and Bond left to finish our 48. From Zealand you go over Mt. Guyot first, which many believe has the best sunrise in the Whites. So we started at night and took a break on Zeacliff, overlooking the notch and Whitewall Mtn. As we watched the notch illuminated by the full moon, she turned to me and said “This is the first time we’ve actually ever seen anything from this place!” All previous attempts were fogged in!

  17. Heather: Years ago, I ran in the mornings before sunrise. Occasionally, in certain circumstances, I’d need illumination. I tried a headlamp but had problems with what was known as parallax (essentially my eyes and the headlamp weren’t on the same plane). Apparently, this was a common problem with chest straps and hand lights such as this: becoming popular. The idea behind these products was to move the light source to an angle more compatible with the angle of the eyes. As I recall no definitive recommendation was available. Any comment?

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