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By dlasley
Apr 27, 2013
just climbing
I want to get a work light for night bouldering. I'm tired of all this headlamp stuff. Any suggestions?

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By BGreen
From Del Norte, CO
Apr 27, 2013
amazon.com/Dual-Light-Stand-Re...

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By matthewWallace
From plymouth, nh
Apr 28, 2013
Cool movement on this line
dewalt.com/tools/cordless-ligh...

Thats what we use, buy an extra battery and you should be able to get 3-4 hours of use out of it

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By Derek Wehrle
Aug 5, 2013
My buddy has one of those clay/ceramic backyard firepits. Sometimes we will pull it off of its metal stand, and carefully load it into the back of a truck, and have a contained fire at our local bouldering area. Obviously take extreme care to ensure the pit is placed in a safe place, and nothing is left behind.

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By Morgan Patterson
Administrator
Aug 5, 2013
Stoked...
This guy is the standard for us. I've tried the other Coleman lanterns and this is really the only one that I've found built to last and doesn't leak propane. The LED stuff is def interesting... no experience.

Coleman Propane Lantern


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By Donald Kerabatsos
Aug 5, 2013
Coleman LED

Works awesome. Splits up so you can illuminate twice as much space. You can get a battery and charger as well as use D batteries. Very bright. Expensive though. They also make a for lantern set up. Never used it or seen it but I assume it would work as well.

Also, check out landscape lighting at super-marts. You can get cheap LED lighting that do surprisingly well.

Another thing that can work great in certain spots is a space blanket. Put it up so the silver side reflects towards the rocks and you can really spread out your lighting and get a much broader, softer light. Point a few headlamps/ flashlights toward the blanket. You need trees or rocks or bushes to drape thee blanket across though.

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By Abram Herman
From Golden, CO
Aug 5, 2013
Viking helmet cover, yep.
Derek Wehrle wrote:
My buddy has one of those clay/ceramic backyard firepits. Sometimes we will pull it off of its metal stand, and carefully load it into the back of a truck, and have a contained fire at our local bouldering area. Obviously take extreme care to ensure the pit is placed in a safe place, and nothing is left behind.


"Tired of dealing with the hassle of headlamps? You'll LOVE the convenience of a chimenea!!" ;-)

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By ABB
Aug 5, 2013
Night owls, consider the impact of your bright lights on the wildlife, other visitors, management policies and future 'night access'. Night-access is a real issue. If it hasn't yet been dealt with via policy in your local playground, it's blinking bright on the radar of many, many land managers...and visitors who espouse 'look but don't touch' style of management. Tread lightly and dimly...this coming from a fellow night owl.

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By WadeM
Aug 5, 2013
Ultimate Squeeze
i use my mtn bike lights

just be careful that they dont over heat

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By Donald Kerabatsos
Aug 6, 2013
You have any examples of this being a 'real issue'?

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By Josh Schutz
From Estes Park and Telluride, Colo
Aug 6, 2013
Morning Glory Arch
I use an old 1940s Dietz oil lamp, filed with citronella oil for the mosquitos.

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By boulderbum
From NY
Aug 7, 2013
^HIPSTER ALERT^

lemme guess...you also have a mustache? and jeans that look like they were painted onto you?

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By ABB
Aug 19, 2013
Donald Kerabatsos wrote:
You have any examples of this being a 'real issue'?


Yes, but I don't think calling attention to it here does my local issue any favors. You have any public lands you climb on, especially city or state parks? Call your land managers. Ask them what they think of bright lights for nightime climbing...if it would be a problem if many others did the same...and what might have to occur before they impose regs restricting night use, or at least restrict bright lights and noise. Talking and cheering-section hollering is noise to animals and other users, day or night. Better yet, don't call your land manager. Don't call their attention to it over the phone or on the rocks.

The people who complain about these matters aren't knocking on the doors of 'The Friends of (fill-in fav climbing area)' or The Access Fund. No, they, some with veins popping, go to land managers and elected officials and demand results. Ideas are kicked around, sometimes there's a comment period, and then you have more regulation. Reversing regs, if possible, is an ordeal. A major ordeal.

The age-old theme is that climbers don't often recognize the problem until it has precipitated restrictions, proposed or otherwise. In a word, it comes down to awareness - awareness of 'my' impact.

I'm all for moonlit action, low lights and low voices. We don't want to see or hear each other from afar, do we?

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By Jonathon Braud
From denver, co
Aug 28, 2013
Climbing at Wall Street, Moab. Pinhead Trad 5.10b
Check out the black diamond Titan lantern. Runs off 4-D batteries (which can get pricey to keep fresh). Its got 200 lumens and is what I use along with a headlamp. Gemini lights make some really powerful lights that are rechargeable, but also pricey.

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By Joe L 82
From PA
Aug 29, 2013
Go pick up some outdoor garden type solar LED lights. Just set them in the sun until you need to use them, they will last all night. 3 of them only costs a little bit and should give you more than enough lighting and you never need to buy batteries, completely weather proof as well.
I often buy these instead of actual flash lights any more. I hate dealing with batteries and these are awesome. especially for power outages as well.

cheers,
joe

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By Legs Magillicutty
From Littleton
Aug 29, 2013
Function over fashion.  My newest pair of climbing shoes.
Best solution ever:


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By Morgan Patterson
Administrator
Aug 29, 2013
Stoked...
The moon is awesome - I agree - unless you live anywhere with these pesky things they call trees and another ting, clouds!

So here's a good break down on the brightness. Looks like the LED's fall pretty far behind other options.

Dewalt DC020: 2700 lumens
Coleman propane lantern: 976 lumens
Coleman Quad LED: 190 lumens
Oil Lantern: 50 lumens
Moon: 1 lumen

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By rogerk
Aug 30, 2013
Morgan Patterson wrote:
Looks like the LED's fall pretty far behind other options. Dewalt DC020: 2700 lumens Coleman propane lantern: 976 lumens


900 Lumens is a hell of a lot of light. Here in VT we go backcountry skiing in the trees with 900 lumens, and ski as hard as we do in daylight. When I get back to the car, I often wonder if the car's lights are working properly. I think bouldering with that much light would be plenty. Unless you happen to be one of those boulderers who needs tickmarks for your starting holds.

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By Chris Vinson
Sep 23, 2013
superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/p...

Seriously the best bang for you buck in terms of weight, longevity and cost in the long run.

We have to deal with heinously hot temps and night climbing is sometimes the only way down here...love these lights.

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By Craig T
From Chicago, IL
Sep 23, 2013
Morgan Patterson wrote:
Moon: 1 lumen

Huh - I guess I never thought about what a lumen was.

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By Isa Lulu
From VA, NC, TN
Nov 5, 2013
I've had good luck with this. Not the brightest, but a pretty cool light.

backcountry.com/kelty-lumatwis...

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By Peter Beal
From Boulder Colorado
Nov 5, 2013
ABB is absolutely correct. In Boulder, for example, this study has been written up. I imagine lots of sightings of boulderers in the woods with a bunch of lanterns and headlamps would get OSMP's attention.

-static.bouldercolorado.gov/do...

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By Don Ferris
From Eldorado Springs
Nov 5, 2013
Crux of ignominy
Get a nitecore tiny monster 26. Adjustable to 3500 lumens, weighs less than a pound, fits in your hand. Powered by 4x18650 or 8 cr123 batteries. Very impressive run times. It takes a 5mm screw on the bottom like you might find on some cameras. Then get one of those gorilla pod tripods with the 5mm screw to match. You can also use it scare away grizzlies.

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