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Trailwalker Check 3: light em up!

620569 Gemini
the 100km race involves hiking through the night and good lighting will be key in preventing injuries. i've been using the Black Diamond Gemini for a few years now and it's still going strong. i've used it through rain and snow, and so far it's survived. it even survived a climb up Mt. Fuji and a fall down. the lamp features the best of both worlds, with the super bright double LEDs for using in a tent and close work, but it also has a single Xenon beam for lighting up a trail. sometimes i might choose to use both at the same time, although battery drain is much higher. it takes 4 AA batteries and really lasts over 20 hours depending on the light source used. Black Diamond makes so many models with different configurations and different light intensities, but i find the Gemini good enough for my purpose. having a head lamp frees up my hands for holding other things and best for base camp. i find that using headlamps for walking will make differentiating the trail difficult. the reason is because the shadow cast by the light is directly behind the rocks and everything will appear flat. when the source of light is coming from the same direction as the eye (receptor) then there will be no shadow seen. different from a flashlight held by the hand where the light is cast from below and the shadow can be seen from above. but unless you are really walking fast or climbing, then it won't make too much of a difference. [equipbug]
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