[MSAR] Overnight activities--keep working
ilichten1 at verizon.net
Sun Jul 1 20:17:45 EDT 2007
The biggest problem with working at night is rider confidence. Many riders
stop at dark when pleasure riding or even when on an endurance ride. We are
striving to work until the radio batteries die. Working at night means being
able to night adapt your vision (the horse's is usually fine) and work
without supplementary lighting on the trail. One of our members actually
leads moonlight tours of a local park every full moon night.
There is a difference between working at night and camping overnight. The
local fire and public works people can supply all the lights you could ask
for, and now there are battery powered light towers that will last overnight
so the generator engines don't keep you up, but we try to be out in the
field if possible. You must get a look at the terrain and the get a feel
for the locals' reaction to you moving around at night. If your personnel
have the confidence in themselves and their mounts they should ride all
night, hopefully the subject will be tired and stop moving part of the shift
and you might catch up with him.
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Subject: [MSAR] Overnight activities
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