Essential Gear

single AA headlampThe results of a facebook survey indicate that 98% of all geocachers have at some point cached at night.  Sometimes that’s on purpose, they are looking for a night cache and other times the desire for one more find outweighed the need for daylight.   Whatever your reason for being in the woods at night you should considering leaving a flashlight in your pack at all times.   A small headlamp that uses AA batteries is a good choice if you intend on being out at night.  Most GPS units use AA batteries so your spare batteries will work in your AA  flashlight.

Here is an important tip if you keep a flashlight in your pack but rarely use it.   Consider using either alkaline batteries or low self-discharge rechargeable batteries such as the eneloop brand.    Typical NiMH rechargeable batteries lose 1% of their storage capacity per day of storage.  They are almost unusable after 30 days.

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I am the webmaster for the Ontario Geocaching Association. I've been passionate about geocaching since 2006. You can find my articles about Geocaching on this site as well as on my blog for geocaching stories.
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One Response to Essential Gear

  1. GC05171969 says:

    Hi I was wondering if there could be a geocaching event for Toronto Nuit Blanche 2013, October 5th 2013. Nuit Blanche is an event that started in Paris, France and came across the pond to Canadian cities, like Ottawa, Montreal & Toronto. It is an all night art event which is free. I had an idea for hunting for origami turtles at all the differnt exhibits that people would have to find. Thank you.

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