Legend Tripping 101

By Alicia Mastrangelo

Written by one of our regular legend trippers to help those who are new at this


So you’re going Legend Tripping?
Welcome to the club!
Here’s a few things to keep in mind…

What to bring:

  • A flashlight
    If you bring nothing else, bring a flashlight!! You will typically be spending a lot of time in the dark.
  • Any equipment you have
    Most commonly, folks bring a camera and an audio recorder. A plain ole compass is also a great tool. If you’ve spent the money on gadgets and gizmos, bring those too. Consider other things like a level (to see if that rolling ball is a child spirit or just an old, crooked floor) and trigger objects (refer to said ball).
  • A notebook and pen
    Some folks take notes as they have experiences and some like to take notes at the end of the night. Either way, have one handy in case you want to jot down your thoughts.
  • An inquisitive mind
    Don’t know how a piece of equipment works? Ask! Unsure of the history of the location? Ask! There are so many great resources online where you can do tons of research ahead of time. But most legend trippers are eager and willing to teach what they know to folks that are interested. So don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  • Your senses
    Your body and your senses are your greatest investigation tools. Gadgets and gizmos are fun and help to back up your experiences. But don’t discount that tingly feeling or the movement you saw out of the corner of your eye.

What not to bring:

  • A surly attitude
    Leave the negativity at home. Like breeds like and we don’t need you conjuring up any demons. We’re all friends here.
  • Alcohol
    Remember the line above about spending a lot of time in the dark? You will need your wits about you, so leave Jack Daniels out of it.

What to wear:

  • Dress in layers
    The temperature outside does not always match the temperature inside, so wear layers so you can easily adjust to your environment.
  • Rubber soled shoes
    This is not the time for your stilettos. Or any other shoes that make their own noise when you walk. Not to mention the comfort factor. You’ll be doing a lot of standing, sitting, and walking…I’d go with comfortable.
  • Choose clothes that are “quiet”
    Do you really want to contaminate your audio with the rustling of your windpants? Yeah, I didn’t think so.
  • Choose clothes you won’t mind getting dirty
    Most of these places are dirty. Some more than others. Be prepared to do laundry the next day.

What to know:
Yes, there is some etiquette involved in legend tripping. Unless you’re going alone (which is not recommended), be considerate of those that are legend tripping with you.

  • Flashlights
    You need to bring one with you. But you don’t need to blind everyone with it. Be conscious of where you are shining your light at any given time. Be particularly aware if you turn on your light after everyone’s been sitting in the dark for a while. Trust me, it hurts.
  • Cameras
    Next to flashlights, camera flash is the number one cause of blindness in legend trippers. It’s temporary blindness, thankfully, but painful nonetheless. So just say “flash” when you’re going to snap a picture in a dark place. It will feel totally foreign and awkward to say it if it’s new to you, but your fellow trippers will thank you for it.
  • Whispering
    Just don’t do it. We naturally want to whisper in a dark environment where we’re trying to listen for voices and noises. But trying to differentiate between human whispering and spirit voices on your audio recording (especially if you don’t review right away) can be extremely difficult. Even more so if you’re legend tripping with people you’ve just met and you don’t know what their “whisper voice” sounds like.
  • Tagging
    What the hell is that and why would we be playing tag?? Tagging is making a statement to mark your audio recording when you’ve made a noise. Most of us simply use “that was me”. If you’ve coughed, shuffled your feet, stepped on a creaky board…announce it. You’ll thank yourself later during audio review.
  • Spatial respect
    Be mindful of where you are in relation to where others are, particularly if someone is taking photos or readings with their equipment. No elbowing folks out of the way. There’s room enough for everyone.
  • Leaving the area
    It’s okay to leave an area if you feel uncomfortable. Just let someone know so we don’t think you crossed over to the other plane when we weren’t looking.
  • Trespassing
    Don’t be that guy.

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