What I learned from hiking at night

I started hiking about an hour before sunrise today. I learned: 1) hand-held flashlight is much better at switching between illuminating what’s right in front of your feet (like a root you are about to stumble over) and where the trail is going. 2) if there is slight fog, head-mounted light produces fogginess right in front of your eyes. 3) bring both. 4) pitch dark does not mean it is necessarily cold. I was sweating rather quickly. 5) you have no sense of direction whatsoever (duh!) Bring a compass! 6) I could stop using the flashlight about 15min before official sunrise, in a forest in a valley. It took a long time after though before I saw the sun. 7) the forest is really quiet at night. 8) failed to find any monsters, darn!