|Tarabusi Creek Group Photo|
- Best to go in early Spring or late Fall. There’s less muck & mud, vegetation is dormant (to navigate and to see reflectors), the sun sets earlier, less bugs out and snakes are dormant.
- Buy a headlamp. They are relatively inexpensive and widely-available. Using a headlamp keeps your hands free for blocking tree branches, climbing over logs, and searching. We recommend using it on a lower setting or angling it slightly down so you don’t blind the other Cachers.
- Even with a headlamp, keep a spare flashlight in your pocket. This is particularly useful when searching the final GZ or if something happens to the headlamp.
- Wear safety glasses because branches aren’t easy to see in the gloom/dark.
- Wear long sleeves, long pants & (optional) gloves to protect from the thorns.
- Read the cache page for special equipment. We recently did an older night cache that required a strong, older flashlight. New-fangled LED lights weren’t powerful enough to set off the beacon. In addition, we’re seeing more demands for UV flashlights in our area.
- Bring glow sticks. If you get separated from your group, hang glow sticks from nearby branches and stay by that tree as you call someone for help.
- If using a Smartphone for navigating, dim your light so it doesn’t effect your night vision.
- Waypoint your car before setting off because landmarks are harder to see on that return trip.