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Re: What's your first choice light source for outdoor activi

Postby Arthur Digbee » Wed Sep 29, 2010 12:52 pm

Sunlight.

Wake up when it's light, go to sleep when it's dark. Very simple.

Well, except this weekend when I was awakened by a very bright full moon shining through the window of my tent onto my face at 2:30 am. It was bright enough to read by.
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Re: What's your first choice light source for outdoor activi

Postby Day Hiker » Wed Sep 29, 2010 1:42 pm

Arthur Digbee wrote:Wake up when it's light, go to sleep when it's dark. Very simple.


You can sleep for 11 hours in September and 14 hours in December? How?
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Re: What's your first choice light source for outdoor activi

Postby MoapaPk » Wed Sep 29, 2010 2:56 pm

I never use anything but an led headlamp. If I'm planning to be traveling a fair amount in the very early morning hours, I may bring a mondo lamp; I try to travel when there is a waning gibbous moon in such case. Lately I've used my emergency, light headlamp (always in my daypack) for backpacking as well.

In fall and spring, I well may sleep for 11 hours; but my back usually gets pretty sore by then.
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Re: What's your first choice light source for outdoor activi

Postby Day Hiker » Wed Sep 29, 2010 3:36 pm

MoapaPk wrote:In fall and spring, I well may sleep for 11 hours


Oh, that's silly. And impossible. And in a tent even? Heroin addicts sleep less than that. My son maybe sleeps 11 hours sometimes, but that's because he is 3 years old.

You guy(s) can really sleep 11 hours? In a tent? Crap, I'll try for 8, but I am lucky if I get 6.

Laying in the tent, staring at the ceiling, waiting until daybreak, and checking the time every 5 minutes does not count as sleeping for me.
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Re: What's your first choice light source for outdoor activi

Postby rhyang » Wed Sep 29, 2010 5:08 pm

Sometimes you just feel like sleeping ..



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Re: What's your first choice light source for outdoor activi

Postby Arthur Digbee » Wed Sep 29, 2010 7:29 pm

Day Hiker wrote:
Arthur Digbee wrote:Wake up when it's light, go to sleep when it's dark. Very simple.

You can sleep for 11 hours in September and 14 hours in December? How?


You need to be more goal-oriented. :wink:

Of course sometimes you need light. Headlamp is best IMHO.
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Re: What's your first choice light source for outdoor activi

Postby MoapaPk » Wed Sep 29, 2010 9:59 pm

Day Hiker wrote:
MoapaPk wrote:In fall and spring, I well may sleep for 11 hours


Oh, that's silly. And impossible. And in a tent even? Heroin addicts sleep less than that. My son maybe sleeps 11 hours sometimes, but that's because he is 3 years old.


two factors:
1) when the weather is pretty miserable, and the sun sets ~6PM, there isn't much else to do. Sleet sends me in the tent pretty quickly.

2) I have brain damage, and need more sleep than most people (really). It takes a while to replenish the neurotransmitters.

Well, a third factor:
3) rum.

My cat sleeps more than 11 hours a day, and he's my role model (except for the ass-licking part, but I do admire his flexibility).
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Re: What's your first choice light source for outdoor activi

Postby Brad Marshall » Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:54 pm

MoapaPk wrote:My cat sleeps more than 11 hours a day, and he's my role model (except for the ass-licking part, but I do admire his flexibility).


:lol: :lol: And, I'm sure his vertical leap...relatively speaking.
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Re: What's your first choice light source for outdoor activi

Postby Brad Marshall » Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:02 pm

Day Hiker wrote:
MoapaPk wrote:In fall and spring, I well may sleep for 11 hours


Oh, that's silly. And impossible. And in a tent even? Heroin addicts sleep less than that. My son maybe sleeps 11 hours sometimes, but that's because he is 3 years old.

You guy(s) can really sleep 11 hours? In a tent? Crap, I'll try for 8, but I am lucky if I get 6.

Laying in the tent, staring at the ceiling, waiting until daybreak, and checking the time every 5 minutes does not count as sleeping for me.


I'm usually a 6 hours sleeper at home but a few years ago I tested out my new bivy sac in the dead of winter. Watched TV until midnight then went outside, dug a trench in the deep snow and snuggled in. Thought I would be up early but to my surprise I slept in until 9:00 AM almost missing a 9:30 hockey game. Not exactly 14 hours in winter but longer than I ever imagined.
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Re: What's your first choice light source for outdoor activi

Postby OJ Loenneker » Sun Oct 03, 2010 5:55 pm

Brad Marshall wrote:
I'm usually a 6 hours sleeper at home but a few years ago I tested out my new bivy sac in the dead of winter. Watched TV until midnight then went outside, dug a trench in the deep snow and snuggled in. Thought I would be up early but to my surprise I slept in until 9:00 AM almost missing a 9:30 hockey game. Not exactly 14 hours in winter but longer than I ever imagined.


I did that too once. But I crept into the bivy bag at 3am, and woke up around 2pm. I was comfy and snug.








Well, I was also drunk, but that's just details. :roll:
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Re: What's your first choice light source for outdoor activi

Postby The Chief » Sun Oct 03, 2010 7:24 pm

Ahhhh, my first choice for light source for outdoor activities is and always will be.....................
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Re: What's your first choice light source for outdoor activi

Postby Lolli » Sun Oct 03, 2010 8:31 pm

Moonlight is favourite.
Headlamp after that.
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