Fall Hollow Falls, A Short Stop Along The Natchez Trace Parkway

Fall Hollow Falls

Traveling along the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway, you'll find several waterfalls with Jackson Falls being the most popular. If you're in the area, don't forget to make a quick stop at Fall Hollow Falls however. From the parking area, it's a short 0.3 mile hike down a paved path with wooden bridges taking you across small creeks ending at a wooden deck \ overlook. From this point, the trail continues though it becomes very rocky and steep.
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Imalent DT70 Review


The Imalent DT70 or "Flood King" is a compact, handheld flashlight that hold 4 dedomed XHP70 emitters in 4 partially fused reflectors with a claimed output of 16000 lumens. It's powered by 4 - 18650 batteries that are provided and is recharged via a micro USB port. The DT70 has a digital display for battery level as well as lumen setting.

DT70 was provided for review by Imalent

SPECS PER THE MANUFACTURER:
  • Utilizes the latest CREE XHP70 LEDs, with a lifespan up to 50000 hours with maximum output of 16000 lumens. Includes a built-in USB charging interface
  • The OLED display can show various parameters
  • Product size: 146(length)*70 (head diameter) *50 (diameter) mm
  • Net weight:427g
  • High efficiency constant power circuit will maintain constant brightness
  • Anti-reverse battery protection
  • Built-in thermal control module will automatically adjust the brightness output according to the working state and outer temperature
  • Combination of toughened ultra-clear mineral and anti-reflective coating glass
  • Aluminum OP reflector
  • Aerospace-grade aluminum alloy body, wear-resistant Type III hard-anodized surface treatment
  • IPX-8 standard waterproof (2 meters submersible)
  • 1.5m impact resistant
  • Tail stand function

The DT70 comes in this nice box.




USING THE DT70:
When you insert the battery and twist the head on the body, the display briefly turns on with the IMALENT word, before shutting down. When you change levels, the output will appear briefly on the display.

Press the Right switch to turn the light on at the last used mode between: Low (80 lumens), medium (1000 lumens), High (8000 lumens). To cycle between these 4 modes, press once the right switch.

The turbo (16000 lumens) mode can be activated either with a momentary on (keeping pressed the left switch), or constant on (keep pressed the left switch for 2 seconds). If you release the left switch within 2 seconds, the light will return to the previous mode. In turbo mode, once the internal temperature reaches 50°, the OVERHEAT word will appear on the display, blinking, and shortly after, the output will be automatically lowered. When the constant on turbo is activated, click once the right switch to return to the previous mode.

A double click of the left switch activates strobe, another double click a SOS, another one for the Beacon. If you press once the left switch, the display will tell you the voltage of the cells (works when the light is either on or off)

When charging the light, the display will remain on and show the level of the charge and you can always press the left switch to get a read of the voltage.


OVERALL
The DT70 is well built and finished. It's the brightest flashlight I've ever used and did a great job lighting up cave environments where there are zero additional light sources, filling the space with consistent \ smooth lighting with great throw.

When using the DT70 on the 8,000 or 16,000 lumen setting, the light becomes hot in short order though completely usable via its handle which stays cool. The readout screen is fantastic in helping to know your LED setting and voltage.

The lighting levels are well spaced at 80, 1000, 8000, and finally 16000 lumens (13,000+).

I love the integrated charge via USB cable so I don't have to remove the batteries after every trip and can simply use a standard USB cable to recharge.

The light would benefit from having a lanyard hole... considering the lights cost, it would be great in preventing drops in outdoor \ underground environments.


FIELD TESTING EXAMPLES:

1000 Lumen Setting

8,000 Lumen Setting

16,000 Lumen Setting

Where the light really "shined", was in long dark passages. I was able to effectively light passages and take photos via smartphone camera that would usually require a DSLR w/ flash and remote flashes.


I highly recommend this light to anyway who enjoys cave photography and prefers the use of point and shoot or smartphone camera's.


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A Window In Time... Ancient Bat Bones, Arrowheads, and Civil War Signatures


Caves are time capsules... with their rooms and passages protecting the remnants of their prior inhabitants for hundreds, if not thousands of years or more. The caves that reside in Mammoth Cave National Park are no exception. Recently, I had the privilege and opportunity to join Dr. Joe Douglas, historian \ caver Marion Smith, caver's Kristen Bobo and Gerald Moni, as well as Larry Johnson and Alisa Cloutier of the National Park Service on a research trip to cave MACA#027 as part of a project researching the historical graffiti by Civil War era soldiers from 1860-1865 written on the interior walls of caves in the region.
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The Crystal Clear Waters Of Marbo Cave

Photo of Marbo Cave in Guam

Marbo Cave (a.k.a. Campanaya Cave or Campanaya Spring) is a flank margin cave located at the base of a cliff on the Pacific coast of northern Guam and frequented by locals (Chamorro) and military personnel stationed on the island. It is one of the island's best known caves with others including Pagat Cave and Fafai Cave.
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Jackson Falls Along The Natchez Trace Parkway

Photo of Jackson Falls in Tennessee

Driving along the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway, you'll find Jackson Falls, one of the Trace's most popular sites at milepost 404.7. The falls are located along the intermittent Jackson Branch that empties into the Duck River and named after President Andrew Jackson.
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Winter Has Come... Con Of Thrones in Nashville!

The Nights King cosplay at Con Of Thrones

Perfectly timed a few weeks before the premiere of Game Of Thrones concluding season (premiere's July 16th), a Con Of Thrones came to the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville from June 30 - July 2, 2017.
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