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Trail building at night

Nov. 13, 2016, 12:50 a.m.
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Anyone build trails at night, Saw some cordless LED work light setups for reasonable prices that seem ideal for winter building. Anyone else work at night?

Nov. 13, 2016, 9:57 a.m.
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yup done several night builds ask Dono LOL

most of us use helmet lights , and some bring out lanterns


Nov. 13, 2016, 11:51 a.m.
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magicshine works great with the head strap that came with the kit.
wire goes down back under shirt with battery in back pocket.

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Nov. 13, 2016, 6:27 p.m.
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probably better off just using bike lights with the head straps. generally you would need a ton of fixed lights to entirely cover a work area.

Nov. 13, 2016, 6:47 p.m.
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I have found with night work, its better to keep it simple like drainage, etc. You have a much better perspective in daylight to do more complicated work.

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Nov. 13, 2016, 7 p.m.
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for sure, good to keep it simple. choosing lines, finding materials, etc, so much easier in the day time.

Nov. 13, 2016, 11:02 p.m.
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Had some of the best times building at night.

Nothing quite like splitting rungs when everything is dark, dead quiet. Then the ringing out of a sledge against the axe head and the dead silence between the blows.

Nov. 14, 2016, 8:11 a.m.
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a few of us built a few hundred metres of trail at night in late november/early december a couple seasons back, worked out well for us!

Nov. 14, 2016, 8:21 a.m.
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Uggg night. I only lasted a few nights. Just too weird for me.

I remember cutting this one standing dead cedar, it fell in the downhill direction and just kept on sliding down the hill into the dark abyss. It was like it had been waiting for years to be free and it bee lined straight for the No. 5

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Nov. 14, 2016, 9:48 a.m.
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falling at night can be scary and costly , like chainsaw costly LOL .

a group of us redid the rock roll drop on lower Shotgun at 0007 and we also redid a bridge on GiantKiller at night even spent over an hour wondering thru the bush for cedar right Ry LOL


Nov. 18, 2016, 2:19 p.m.
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I build at night all the time. I use a bike light (all in one so no wires dangling) attached to a head strap. I set the light to low so it lasts a few hours. I've also discovered that it's tricky to navigate if/when your light fails in the bush (i.e. Off the trail). I now have one of those turtle LED lights attached to the back of the head strap for emergencies.

If using a chainsaw, I put a second bike light onto the handle of the saw, shining down the bar.

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Dec. 28, 2016, 2:17 p.m.
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I've done several night builds.

I wear my helmet with a helmet mount light and have a propane lantern in the build area. It keeps the whole build area lit up and the head lamp allows for lighting up the area right in front of you.

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