“If you need a headlamp (in the beginning of June), you’ve messed up your trip planning,” said a very experienced hiker I know. Even so, I still carry one in summer because there are many things that you can’t control on a hike that can prevent you from pitching camp or cooking dinner until after dark.
Still, there’s no need to carry the massive 8 ounce (including batteries) Black Diamond Icon headlamp I use in winter when we have less than 9 hours of daylight. In summer, I can replace it with a 1 ounce Fenix LD01 (show above) which is just slightly bigger than the AAA battery that powers it, and clips to my hiking hat. With over 15 hours of daylight and even more including the twilight hours, it’s rare for me to use a headlamp during the summer months from May into August.
What do you use for a summer hiking headlamp?