|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – May 2005
A beginner's guide to after-hours hiking
Be prepared All rules for dayhiking still apply: Bring water, extra clothes, and food.
Stick to trails you know The familiarity will help you walk safely. But stay alert; a well-known trail junction can be easily missed in the dark.
Allow extra time Your pace will naturally slow when you can't see as well.
Turn off your headlamp The best way to see in the dark is to let your eyes adjust. When you need extra light (to read a trail marker), use a headlamp with a red lens; it's better for night vision.
Change your perspective Focus your eyes on a shape ahead of you, such as a tree or a peak's silhouette. It will sharpen your peripheral vision.
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