For those of you who are like me and love a good hike, check out the latest article written by Jenny Holt, one of our favorite para-writers:
Earlier this year you may have seen our post on the most haunted hikes in New York. Well, before outlining some more cool places to go hiking and ghost hunting, we thought it might be a good idea to give you the lowdown on the kind of equipment you need to do these kinds of hikes safely while gather plenty of information on the paranormal.
Step 1: Hiking Equipment
There are 10 essential types of equipment for the serious hiker; especially if you’re going off the beaten trail or are doing a multi-day trip. These are:
1. Navigation: GPS, maps, compass, altimeter
2. Sun Protection: lip balm, sunglasses, and sunscreen
3. Light: flashlight or headlamp and spare batteries
4. Cold protection: jacket, thermal undergarments, vests etc…
5. First Aid
6. Something to make a fire with - matches for example
7. Tools like knives and multi-tools
8. Food: bring more supplies than you anticipate needing
9. Water: full bottles, but also filters and treatment systems
10. Shelter: a tent or lean to at least
Of course, you need a few things beyond this. For one thing, you need to choose the right kind of backpack. The best backpacks for hunting and hiking will combine storage space with durability, weatherproofing, and strap systems designed to distribute the weight. Many will also allow for the back to breathe more on hot days. A good pack will also have a waist strap and a range of additional pockets - some detachable, for ease of access.
Step 2: Investigatory Equipment
You might prefer your eyes and ears, but having a full range of paranormal investigation equipment is essential for getting a believable set of data. In addition to carrying the above - or at least distributed between a number of you, you are going to need the following equipment:
● Air Ion Counter: ghosts give off positive ions due to their electromagnetic discharges.
● Barometer: Some ghosts may alter the barometric pressure of a location
● Cameras: You need to get these spooks on camera
● Candles: Like with matches above, these are useful if your flashlight stops working for some reason.
● Dowsing Rods.
● EMF Detector: the big one for checking out disturbances to electronic fields.
● EVP Devices: for picking up electronic voice phenomena.
In addition to these key pieces of equipment, you can look into microphones, headset communication devices, infrared and thermal scanners, hydrometers, night vision cameras and headsets, notebooks, and a lot more. Different researchers have different opinions, naturally, on what a paranormal investigator should include in their ghost hunting kit.
What haunted locations have you gone hiking to? Leave a comment below!
Brian Webb is the founder and creator of GhostQuest.net: