Author Topic: Bivvying Tonight?  (Read 2580 times)

iddu

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Bivvying Tonight?
« on: February 02, 2019, 05:32:05 pm »
Roll with the conditions, for a rare chance to see how the kit fares.

Probably walk out from home for a few miles and find a handy copse.  Should be fun ;D

I'd offer you some moral support - but I have questionable morals.

PaulF

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Re: Bivvying Tonight?
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2019, 05:41:11 pm »
Roll with the conditions, for a rare chance to see how the kit fares.

Probably walk out from home for a few miles and find a handy copse.  Should be fun ;D



You’re mad! I’m only a few miles away and it’s already subzero here

BrianI

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Re: Bivvying Tonight?
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2019, 06:18:52 pm »
No the nicht - forecast to be freezing conditions up here in Fifeshire.

I do have a plan on doing some like bike and bivvying in the spring / summer, I have found a location which is just a few miles on the MTB away :-)

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Bivvying Tonight?
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2019, 10:46:23 pm »
You'll have to change your name to Ötzi.  :o
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Pedaldog

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Re: Bivvying Tonight?
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2019, 10:52:29 pm »
Bit too cold for me tonight. Still wearing shorts but had to put a big jumper on today.
Interested in pic's and kit list though.

iddu

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Re: Bivvying Tonight?
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2019, 07:00:33 am »
I wussed out - walked the total of 30', to the top of the garden. setting up around 11:30.  Slept 'til about 6am, waking every couple hours (one Wowbagger ;D) - clear skies, pretty twinkling stars :thumbsup:


Brrrr...got distinctly cool between 3-6 where upper surfaces contacted, mainly due to the condensation freezing inside the Hunka, and starting to affect the Ember insulation - would've been better under tarp / tent, having distinct air gap, defintely wasn't as chilly on Tan Hill in the tent.

>Interested in pic's and kit list though.
Tramped the SNO down.  Plastic tarp as groundsheet, Hunka XL, Exped Synmat HL Winter LW, 9cm thick (-18c rating), S2S Ember III quilt (-11c rating).  Worn: Fulke Mountain Men Socks, Leggings (+thin Trolls from ~5am), Helly base layer, Fleece, Bobble hat.   Never needed gloves.  Laces on boots froze, despite being wrapped in bags.
I'd offer you some moral support - but I have questionable morals.

iddu

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Re: Bivvying Tonight?
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2019, 07:11:22 am »
Roll with the conditions, for a rare chance to see how the kit fares.

Probably walk out from home for a few miles and find a handy copse.  Should be fun ;D



You’re mad! I’m only a few miles away and it’s already subzero here

The stranger in yer garden ain't a tramp ;D
I'd offer you some moral support - but I have questionable morals.

PaulF

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Re: Bivvying Tonight?
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2019, 10:17:51 am »
Roll with the conditions, for a rare chance to see how the kit fares.

Probably walk out from home for a few miles and find a handy copse.  Should be fun ;D



You’re mad! I’m only a few miles away and it’s already subzero here

The stranger in yer garden ain't a tramp ;D

I’m sticking with tramp ;D

vorsprung

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Re: Bivvying Tonight?
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2019, 08:55:15 pm »
I wussed out - walked the total of 30', to the top of the garden. setting up around 11:30.  Slept 'til about 6am, waking every couple hours (one Wowbagger ;D) - clear skies, pretty twinkling stars :thumbsup:


Brrrr...got distinctly cool between 3-6 where upper surfaces contacted, mainly due to the condensation freezing inside the Hunka, and starting to affect the Ember insulation - would've been better under tarp / tent, having distinct air gap, defintely wasn't as chilly on Tan Hill in the tent.

>Interested in pic's and kit list though.
Tramped the SNO down.  Plastic tarp as groundsheet, Hunka XL, Exped Synmat HL Winter LW, 9cm thick (-18c rating), S2S Ember III quilt (-11c rating).  Worn: Fulke Mountain Men Socks, Leggings (+thin Trolls from ~5am), Helly base layer, Fleece, Bobble hat.   Never needed gloves.  Laces on boots froze, despite being wrapped in bags.

ACB are doing a camping trip next Tuesday,  My kit is all with summer trips in mind, no way I'd want to use it in February!
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Bivvying Tonight?
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2019, 09:52:31 am »
Yebbut it's to a pub...
I do not ride a great big Mercian, gangster tanwalls, fixed cog in the back.

Pedaldog

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Re: Bivvying Tonight?
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2019, 10:47:33 am »
I wussed out - walked the total of 30', to the top of the garden. setting up around 11:30.  Slept 'til about 6am, waking every couple hours (one Wowbagger ;D) - clear skies, pretty twinkling stars :thumbsup:


Brrrr...got distinctly cool between 3-6 where upper surfaces contacted, mainly due to the condensation freezing inside the Hunka, and starting to affect the Ember insulation - would've been better under tarp / tent, having distinct air gap, defintely wasn't as chilly on Tan Hill in the tent.

>Interested in pic's and kit list though.
Tramped the SNO down.  Plastic tarp as groundsheet, Hunka XL, Exped Synmat HL Winter LW, 9cm thick (-18c rating), S2S Ember III quilt (-11c rating).  Worn: Fulke Mountain Men Socks, Leggings (+thin Trolls from ~5am), Helly base layer, Fleece, Bobble hat.   Never needed gloves.  Laces on boots froze, despite being wrapped in bags.


Well 'Ard!     

Gruby Mits

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Re: Bivvying Tonight?
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2019, 04:14:34 pm »
Found the Hunka great in wet conditions, above and below, but wont let condensation disperse from inside... Hence feeling cold by morning or wet if too warm in the night. Gone with a MSR e-bivvy that is plastic on bottom and not so on top. It fends ok in drizzle. When really wet we use a lightweight Rab tarp anyway. Not such an affordable set up as Alpkit, but having suffered a few times I did not mind shelling for a good night sleep. Not crazy enoigh to go out just yet though! 😀
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bludger

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Re: Bivvying Tonight?
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2020, 04:39:40 pm »
Happy new year bin bag dwellers.

I'm going bivvying for the first time in 2020 on Saturday - somewhere in the New Forest (shhhhh) for a bike ride on Sunday morning. Fun!
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Re: Bivvying Tonight?
« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2020, 09:26:16 pm »
Happy new year bin bag dwellers.

I'm going bivvying for the first time in 2020 on Saturday - somewhere in the New Forest (shhhhh) for a bike ride on Sunday morning. Fun!
Good luck and I look forward to hearing how it went.  I hope to do some bivvying this year for the first time since I spent a night under an oilskin poncho (RAF recruit training 1979)... but I'm going to wait till the weather gets warmer :thumbsup:
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Re: Bivvying Tonight?
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2020, 10:24:24 pm »
My first bivvy dates back to over 40 years ago on the northern edges of Bleaklow. How time flies!
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Re: Bivvying Tonight?
« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2020, 12:48:17 pm »
Happy new year bin bag dwellers.

I'm going bivvying for the first time in 2020 on Saturday - somewhere in the New Forest (shhhhh) for a bike ride on Sunday morning. Fun!

Take care then, it really is astonishingly wet at the moment so mind the bogs! I've got something similar in mind sometime soon but it's easy for me as we live in the New Forest National Park. If you want you can PM me if you want contact details in case it all goes a bit Pete Tong.
Reine de la Fauche


bludger

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Re: Bivvying Tonight?
« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2020, 12:58:20 pm »
Cheers JBB but I won't be in the bowels of the forest, more on the margin of one of the settlements inside the park area but I appreciate the offer ;D
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Re: Bivvying Tonight?
« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2020, 01:45:04 pm »
Cheers JBB but I won't be in the bowels of the forest, more on the margin of one of the settlements inside the park area but I appreciate the offer ;D

Hmm, well take care that your quiet spot is uncontaminated by dog (or worse human) shit. Have a great time!
Reine de la Fauche


Re: Bivvying Tonight?
« Reply #18 on: January 23, 2020, 09:06:39 pm »
My first bivvy was in 1975 new year eve. Up on kinder in a bright orange survival bag. I woke up with snow on the bag!

bludger

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Re: Bivvying Tonight?
« Reply #19 on: January 26, 2020, 12:21:58 am »
Currently ensconced. Gosh this sleeping bag is warm - there's a bit of deer poo on the bag, mat (and my cycle shoes) but otherwise all going well!
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Re: Bivvying Tonight?
« Reply #20 on: January 26, 2020, 09:50:54 am »
I slept in a churchyard once and a fox curled one off on the end of my toe.  That must have taken some balance not to have woken me up.   My world smelled of fox for the next two days.

bludger

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Re: Bivvying Tonight?
« Reply #21 on: January 26, 2020, 04:25:35 pm »
Worked out alright! Very temperate night time. Bit wet in the morning but I waited for it to subside a bit and then rode off. Recommended!

Some potential changes to make:

Army arctic sleeping bag might be a bit overkill but better that than be cold

Full length mat would work better than 3/4 - water did get through a bit at the bottom of the bag

Might pick somewhere further away from any road next time, including church yard. Some odd things were happening at 11pm.





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Re: Bivvying Tonight?
« Reply #22 on: January 29, 2020, 09:45:33 pm »
Glad it worked out. It’s years since I bivvied, though I’ve been meaning to again. Can’t help but be curious about what was happening at 11 ;)

bludger

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Re: Bivvying Tonight?
« Reply #23 on: January 29, 2020, 10:24:33 pm »
It was a bit odd. Didn't seem like anything 'dodgy', I think it might have been some teenagers running around the graveyard taking photos of each other with the camera flash on while they were waiting for someone else to pick them up.

Anyway thankfully they didn't come across me. No other bothers.
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Re: Bivvying Tonight?
« Reply #24 on: January 31, 2020, 01:51:38 pm »
You would probably have scared the bejesus out of them. :)
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