Managed to get a set of lights going and made the sprint home from work, swapped commute bike for MTB and then made it to Ivanhoe in time.
But only one other punter turned up and Bruce forgot about it so Hans took the two of us around. The other fella had not ridden these trails before and had only a simple led light so he had some difficulty negotiating the trails. So I ended up leading with Hans bringup the rear to try to illuminate the track with his HID light. But it was still a bit too much for this other fella so we cut it a bit short.
Hans said that on the previous ride in daylight, they did go over a couple of the tricky sections a few times offering tips on how to handle them. I would have liked that, so I'll probably try to make the other dates.
I still enjoyed getting out, having not ridden off-road at night for quite a while. I was amazed at the number of other riders out there. We would have seen about 20 other riders in the space of an hour or so. Compared to Sunday, when I rode out to Westerfolds and saw perhaps a couple of others on the single track in a couple of hours riding. Even saw a couple with a dog running around with a flasher on its collar.
For my helmet light, I used the Fenix torch mentioned here: http://www.bv.com.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3743
, attached with a velcro strap. That worked quite well. I had a halogen of about 15W on the bars which has way too wide a beam to be useful, but my narrower beam one is out of action at the moment, and I'm wondering should I bother fixing it or should I just build a high power led setup.