Sunday, October 21, 2012

"Headlamp Wonders..."


So many experiences within our adventures are illuminated for us when out there, then later too in our minds eye of memories, by what seems simply at first to only be a headlamp...
Such a distinctly useful piece of equipment is this source of light. It waits patiently for us in the darker hours. Then in the midst of our awakening anticipations we bring it out and shine it upon all the gear laid out in our tent, or the back of our vehicle. Then its' beam blends in so well with the excitement of those first few steps upon the trail, sharing warmth of another kind as we set out within that circle of light.
Our headlamps truly bring focus to both our attention and our efforts, because we know what is to come, and what will shine forth from those adventure experiences...
I remember in particular, the wonders of my little headlamp so well, on one very cold winter trek. Way back then, that beam of muted light shone upon millions of crystals of snow falling slowly, quietly, endlessly, before me...
We smile when we recall how sometimes each step, each hand placement, is all that we are able to see, especially in those earliest alpine starts. This slowly brightening process makes elusive summits feel even more so...
It makes for such a moment of laughter too, when looking up quickly, and inadvertently shining that unexpectedly full light into the smiling, but startled faces of our companions.
Then there is the launching by such light, out into ocean surf long before first light, because we needed to make time before the storm. Or the fun & accomplishment of starting our campfires by headlamp, as we shiver in the dark, time and time again.
We can recall rappelling into that ancient cave, where no light at all ever resides, except but for what we each bring with us.
What amazing moments these all are. What beautiful shining memories they then become...
Each headlamp I have had over the years has always held its own. Even if the light begins to dim a bit at times maybe due to cold batteries. We simply warm them up and carry on.
We all share in such elemental enlightened headlamp wonders don't we my Friends, from out in our wild place adventures..... DSD

My appreciation for sharing your own enlightened images and memories above my Friends.

2 comments:

Barry said...

There is someting special about navigating with lamps that increases the characteristic of the journey. It seems to me like traveling in a cocoon. On the short winter days the lamp can be the difference in completing the day successfully. Bless the LED. The technology is moving ahead much faster than my income. It was only a few years ago I was caving with a state of the art argon lamp with low level LED backup. When I fired up the argon lamp, I swear I could hear the batteries depleting. Now, powerful LED lamps allow the core experience to be simplified and enhanced. Life is good.

SummitStones said...

Wonderful old memories for us all Barry. So true about the LED as well. Small and light, with a beam that never seems to quite. kind of like a few of my climbing partners! :)
Really enjoyed your coastal series of posts too.
D