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Headlamps for Hikers

LED hikers headlamps are lightweight and should be a regular part of your hiking gear. Sometimes the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. When you arrive late to set up your tent you will appreciate having your hands free while using a hikers headlamps.

LED hikers headlamps now come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Almost all of them have some sort of elastic strap. Someone gave me a LED 'headlamp' with a wrist strap; it has been relegated to the glove compartment in my car. The old style hikers headlamps were bulky, the bulb filaments were easily broken and the battery life was pretty dismal. The new LED hikers headlamps are lightweight, robust, and extremely bright. Battery life can be in excess of one hundred hours for these LED hikers headlamps. As with most batteries cold weather can shorten battery life.

Another advantage of the LED hikers headlamps is they are inexpensive enough to have a headlamp dedicated to your daypack and another headlamp set aside for use around your campsite. I've accumulated them over the past few years and put my third headlamp in the side pouch of my tent. The minor extra weight in your daypack is a small price to pay for being prepared.

The reality is there are no electrical outlets at any of the campsites in Glacier National Park. Some of the bathrooms have lights and electrical outlets; most don't even have water let alone electricity. With the new lightweight LED hikers headlamps it's silly not to have one with you when you’re camping and or hiking. I put fresh batteries in my LED hikers headlamp at the beginning of hiking season and put one into the top pouch of my daypack and basically forget about it, unless I need it. The second hikers headlamp goes with my tent gear. Stumbling around after dark in a strange campground trying to locate the latrine without a headlamp is a good way to get hurt.



    Smoke from the Moose Lake Fire of 2001.