What gadgetry and gnomish contraptions do you really feel strongly about, while out Fielding or bushwhacking?
I am impressed with a headlamp made by Milwaukee tools, which throws a brilliant beam of pure white LED light. It is USB compatible and has a very long burn time. Several step down power output levels let me maximize time with light how and where I need it. My only complaint is it is a bit bulky, but once on my forehead I really cannot tell.
Second essential piece is a good pair of boots. For me, Danner Tachyon boots are by far, the most comfortable, lightweight boot I have ever put on my feet. If you have never tried these, do yourself a favor and order some. The tread pattern is shallow hexes, so I do not drag mud all over, and the uppers are so supple it's like wearing a sock with a tennis shoe tread.
Digital media device. I prefer audio, good audio, over crappy video. Basically I use a biaural mic, coupled with a digital audio deck, in a small game shoulder bag, with three batteries. I set up the kit in a fixed area, usually near a feeder station, bait or garbage food pile such as camping leftovers (BBQ rib bones, chicken bones, uneaten campfire meats etc), press Record, and check on it every hour or so. The real magic is the binaural mic, which records 3D sounds like our human ears collate. It adds rich directional soundscape realism to otherwise awful sound files, and truly places one back in the moment.
I am always wondering what other people use. What is in you investing kit? Technical and nontechnical.
Anything others may find unusual? I like to have a barometer handy. I also like to use an audio spectrum app to see sounds I may not hear.
Coming to the party late and there a some great items listed by everyone. I would add:
Map reading tools for intersection and resection An emergency sat beacon (if you break your leg in the middle of nowhere you’ll thank me) A hefty caliber sidearm A powerful air horn Night vision if one can afford it
If you have a “get home bag” in your vehicle, that’s a wonderful start.
The sidearm is more for the crazies than for anything else, although most aggressive animals will run at the sound of a shot being fired.
Eoin Stewart, FSA Scot, FRAI of Great Britain and Ireland Cryptozoologist, Field Investigator, Researcher, Antiquarian, Ethnographer & Parapsychologist NADP Special Investigation Unit email@example.com
--------------- Take it for what it's worth. No 'debunkers' please. I will delete the post. Everyone uses IR and near-IR sensitive cams, because that is what is commonly available. I feel if we start looking with equipment that can see into the other (UV) end of the spectrum beyond visible light, we may see something of interest. It's being done, but not much, maybe not enough. If I could afford this sh-- I would do it myself.