- Bivi chat – who's chomping at the bit?
Already had a few camping trips this year – minus 7 in Whinlatter a month back, Brrr! Slept in me clothes, Snugpak bag, goretex bivvy bag and wee Vango tent. Snug as the proverbial bug!
Just bought a Gelert Solo (like, half an hour ago) with replacement Vango poles – the main gripe in reviews seems to be that the poles snap after a few uses…. £32 posted and less than 1.5 kilos. That's a fair bit lighter than my basha and bivvy bag.Posted 8 years ago
Never Done a bivi fest but always wanted to so this year its all going to happen, Couple of pointer.. Ive been looking at tents seen the Gelert Solo and the Vango Banshee 200 but not sure which one would be best? Also what do you do with all your other kit? Handle bar bags??Posted 8 years agomiketuallySubscriber
Never Done a bivi fest but always wanted to so this year its all going to happen, Couple of pointer.. Ive been looking at tents seen the Gelert Solo and the Vango Banshee 200 but not sure which one would be best?
I'd probably get a bivibag instead. Those are tents.Posted 8 years agopistonbrokeMember
I've recently bought a post mounted rack from Cycle Promotions (the people who do the 1 day sales) in Barnsley and it seems very robust, particularly the mounting system which shouldn't be prone to loosening, the best bit is the price £13.99, it is alloy but the weld quality is good and about half the price of the equivalent Topeak version.Posted 8 years agoTeetosugarsSubscriber
How much to set up with kit? I could pinch / borrow a down sleeping bag, pick up a cheap self inflating mat, but what about the the rest?
Have a look at AlpKits website – http://www.alpkit.com
Quality gear without costing the earth.
Or look a 2nd hand?
Ex Army bivis, may weigh a fair bit? but are still very good.
I got issued mines years ago, and its still going strong.
You cand get ex army Tarps for peanuts on Ebay.
In pretty much every colour. As long as its DPM..Posted 8 years ago
To go Bivvying (is this the verb to bivvy?)
A Bivvi bag – Alpkit Hunka or Ex-army seem to be fine
Food & Water
Non luxury optional extras:
Sleeping bag – Smaller the better
Mat – Smaller the better
Luxury optional extras:
Small tarp to keep rail off face (depending bag style)
Stove (if you want hot food or tea)
Change of clothes to sleep in
The Bivvy book chap seems to think that a crappy light sleeping bag and more clothes is a better option than a super duper sleeping bag as you can put the clothes on to sleep in and use them if it's cold while out. Whereas a sleeping bag can only be used to sleep in. There seems to be method in the madness.
Also why take a stove? If your only overnighting a packet of Custard Creams will see you throughPosted 8 years agomike_checkMember
Planning a 3 day trip this year and just getting kit together for as light a load as possible. Got a 3x2m tarp, tiny stove and some lightweight cooking equipments. Along with tools, navigation aids, torches and other bits and bobs the whole lot is very compact with just a small sleeping bag and bivvy bag strapped on the bungee webs on the back of my pack.
What's the most popular options for food? Worth cooking pasta and stuff up before we go for ease but more bulk or are the dehydrated foods a good option?
Any opinions on water purification tablets rather than hoarding up on bottled water at any opportunity when we reach civilisation? We are never going to be too far from decent flowing clear water sources.
Going to do a dry run local soon to see if there's anything huge we've not thought of yet as this will be our fist one with the bikes!Posted 8 years agomike_checkMember
Can people add handy litle tips in this topic as well, ya know, techniques you've used to make life easier, little things you heard off the old experienced explorer while passing in the wild etc!
Last thing at night fill a flask with boiled tea, in the morning, instant refreshment. Plenty of time to kill after dark but you wanna get going again sharp when the sun comes up again!
Know how you are going to pack your gear before you start, save messing around working out how you're going to get it all back in your bag now you've used it rather than how it came packed when you bought it!Posted 8 years ago
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