- Night in a bivi bag in january…….will i die?
My take on winter biving is slightly different. I won’t do it unless the forecast is no rain (the occasional wrong forecast you can get away with). So, it’s down, on the grounds it’s lighter/warmer and packs smaller. Your legs don’t need to be that warm, it’s your core that is important. I use a 700gm down sleeping bag (ME Dewline) and a med down duvet jacket with hood, the most versitile combo for camp, cooking and sleeping in (and walking too/from pub). Plus a fresh dry change of baselayer. full length expedition closed cell foam matt (no air mat for winter bivi, they’re not good enough).Posted 5 years agomartinxyzMember
I bivi’d in the hills between Coulags and Torridon and Lochan Fada earlier in the year. Both trips around 6c I was sweating like a pig with cycle shorts/merino base layer in a down bag (suitable for down to around -5c)
I would guess that without a self inflating mat (I had a Vango lightweight mat that inflates to around 30mm thick) the chill from the ground would go straight through the bivi and sleeping bag and you’d soon be wrestling around to keep warm by sliding back onto the mat (also can be a bit tricky when your arms are by your side and you are on off camber ground!)
For my next bivi I plan to make a trough to lay down in.There’s a few small pebbled beaches around Lochan Fada that will hold the inflatable mat well. This should spread the body weight out well without feeling like I’m sleeping on three points of my body at any given time! (like what happened by choosing the wrong spots next to rocks on exposed mountains with rocks digging into my back :O/)
ALso go for a full length mat, your feet will still freeze hanging off the end of a short mat,with merino socks,a down bag and bivi bag between you and the ground. Its bad enough in summer.
Edit: Use ear plugs for a silent night. The stars,sattelites,meteors etc are amazing to watch before crashing.Upon waking there’s no midges (If you plan on coming up here), and the fresh air will mean one of the best nights sleep you’ve had in years – possibly a lifetime so it’ll all be worth it.Posted 5 years agoktmblagMember
I’ve done lots of winter bivvying. A synthetic bag is definitely the way to go…even if it’s not wet the temperature difference inside to out, creates a lot of condensation as much as a pint and that mostly will stay in the bag, even a gore Tex one..you need to keep bag open as much as possible to aid ventilationPosted 5 years agomtMember
Élan Valley and Rhyader you lucky guy. Get yourself into Élan Cyclery, Clive Powells place. It used to be a pub and is now a bike shop,still sells some beer though. Speak to Clive or Neil, they will give you good advice on the pub to visit as they can be a bit hit miss at times. Back in the day it was the Cornhill for beer and a good feed. There was was twelve pubs until recently for a town of 2000.
For those that were around on bike then, Clive’s place was pretty much the first place in the Uk that offered mtb holidays and used the phrase “dirty weekend” related to mountain bikes. really great place for rides in lonely places with big sky’s and massive views.
Given the recent weather, if there is now change in the constant rain it will be really wet on the hills. Have fun.
Ps how did you get on with this years Yorkshire tour?Posted 5 years agobeefheartMember
Might be a bit boring, unless you are planning to keep moving after dark
next question was, any good pubs in Rhayader?
The Eagles in Rhayader is awesome!Posted 5 years ago
The owner is a hunter, and they serve rabbit, wood pigeon, duck, wild boar, crocodile, kangaroo, and all the usuals….!,
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