A guidebook on bivvybag skills and expeditions. Accounts of bivvybag nights and expeditions, both nice and nasty, alternate with practical chapters on lightweight kit. Finally a selection of bivvybag expeditions. Hilarious (and informative) reading! An updated second edition.
The Book of The Bivvy is a half-and-half mix of how to do it and why to do it (or how not to do it, and why not to do it). Accounts of bivvybag nights and expeditions, both nice and nasty, alternate with practical chapters about the technicalities of the breathable membrane, how little kit you really can get away with and the secrets of lightweight long distance. The book closes with a selection of bivvybag expeditions to initiate the unwary into the secrets.
"It was the best of nights….it was the worst of nights" (Unattributed)
Just where are the half a million bivvybags sold in Britain over recent years? Probably waiting for Ronald Turnbull to show the nervous virgin users the way forward.
Ronald's informed, humorous, instructive, wry look at the world of the bivouac is certainly the first, and perhaps the last, word on this unexplored territory.
Along the way Ronald shows that 1900 to 1969 was the dark age of the bivouac, how Diogenes (the Cynic) bivvied under timber, and that the Eiger was climbed only through improved bivvying technique.
"It's not what you eat, it's where you eat it."
One grateful reader writes "Thank you for writing the book of the bivvy. I bivvied out near Capel Curig, alone in my ex-British army bivvy bag...even though it was August Bank holiday I saw no-one between 6pm Friday and 10.30am on Saturday, and had no trouble finding accommodation. I hope to do this often - my only regret is not trying it sooner."
For nearly 50 years Cicerone have been producing guidebooks on recognised treks, regions, areas and general tips for hikers.
We have used them countless times and they've always provided excellent insight and knowledge that you only get through experience, giving you the edge to make your trip a success and more enjoyable too.
If you're a gram counter you can easily remove sections of the book to take with you making your own ultra-lightweight guidebook with only the essential sections that you require.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
CentresSuggested bivvybag routes in the Lake District around Skiddaw, Bruce’s Crown in the Galloway Hills, a circuit of the Pennines between Settle and Hexham, and a crossing of Pumlumon Fawr between Church Stretton, Shropshire and Aberystwyth
DifficultySuggested routes are mainly long, across hill-country
Must SeeThe fun of ‘doing it’
1 BASIC BIVVY
Peigne and suffering
Problems of the polybag
Plastic bag for pleasure purposes
2 BIVVY HISTORY
3 THE BREATHABLE BAG
Five nights in green plastic
1 Overnight Ochils
2 Wet Wooler in November
3 Hoover bag
4 Man management
5 Saddle bag
Time, things and Miguel
4 MIDLEVEL BAGGERY
Shopping for bags
5 BUT WHAT IF IT RAINS?
Wet under thorns in Belfast
What if it rains?
Look after your bivvy and your bivvy will look after you
The ideal site
6 ACROSS SCOTLAND BY BAG
Wetness and weight
Acharacle to Aberdeenshire
7 THE ART OF LIGHTWEIGHT LONG-DISTANCE
Bag and baggage
The fuel on the hill
Mountains under the moon
8 BAG PLANS
1 Bivvybagging the Wainwrights
2 Bag and camera
3 Corbett bagging
9 BIVVYBAG ROUTES
1 Sleeping on Skiddaw
2 Bruce’s Crown
10 ANOTHER PENNINE JOURNEY
Re-enacting Wainwright on a walk to the Roman Wall
11 SUDDEN DEATH AND SHEEP-STEALING
A crossing of Pumlumon Fawr
AFTERWORD: SHELTERED HOUSING FOR THE ELDERLY
MANUFACTURERS AND SUPPLIERS