- Dec 31, 2003
- Corvallis, Oregon
PeLu said:Yes, you are perfectly right for your circumstances.
In India, for example, carbide is easy to get, but electricity was unrelyable (but is good now). So the people using carbide had an easier life sometimes.
Interesting you mention India...
When I went on an expedition there in 2003, and I didn't bring a carbide light, I was told that I "would regret it". Everyone else used carbide canister lights. Mine was a homemade LED light using 4 Luxeon I LEDs in a series/parallel fashion with redundant current regulators & switches, so that I could use one of two pairs of LEDs or all 4 at once.
We ended up in a different area due to local unrest, and the caves were smaller and there was a bit of crawling & squeezing in sections. While everyone elses carbide tubes were getting caught on projections, or their lights flaming out due to the canister not being upright all the time, I had no problems... And I could crank the brightness up & down quickly when the cave got bigger/smaller.
In addition, I was able to sleep in during mornings instead of having to break the large carbide rocks (and hammers!) into smaller pieces... Afterwards, everyone stated that they wouldn't be bringing carbide lights in the future.
Just another perspective... From a former, reformed carbide user. And yes, I also cave in cold alpine caves and I do miss the warmth occasionally (but just occasionally).