A forecast for a dry evening and morning led to a mid week outing to Glen Fyne, making sure I was back for work at 09:00hrs.
By the time I’d finished work, packed up my gear into my panniers and cycled the 7 miles to Glen Fyne it was almost 20:00hrs. A quick clear of the forest floor then up with the tent.
Due to the previous wet spell I took a fire log, some kindling and some peat. The forest floor was carpeted with moss, so scraping this back and using stone from the river to build a base and surround. This would ensure I could remove everything in the morning and reinstate the moss carpet, leaving no trace.
The fire kept the midgies at bay, in the morning it was a different matter!
Some pics and video of site and tent setup.
First paddle of the season resulted in a camping trip to the West shore of Loch Eck.
Video of trip
An alternative way to spend the night in the great outdoors!!!
My friend has a similar (newer) set up to this ,I was never convinced on the whole hammock concept . However whilst on a recent walk looking for a nice flat, clear site that’d suit a tent….I found nothing.
Whilst browsing the classifieds of an outdoors forum I found these up for sale at a bargain price. Older versions but never used.
DD Travel Hammock
DD Multicam Tarp
The advantages of a Hammock are the fact your off the ground, can be pitched over rough terrain or even on a slope. Disadvantages are slightly longer set up time ( this will improve over time) , the sleeping position may not suit everyone and … the need for trees!!!!
Dependant on weather it could be Tarp first then Hammock, Hammock then Tarp or even just the Hammock on its own.
Tonight was just a trial set up, seeing what goes where. Plenty of room for improvement, fine tuning the set up to make it easier and faster. At one point it had more lines set up than a British Telecom exchange.
The Travel Hammock has a built in mosquito/ midge net. A second layer in the base to allow a sleep mat or under blanket to be inserted and a waterproof base that means the hammock can be used as a bivi if ground dwelling.
Hammock set up
Net lifter with stick ‘spreader’
The newest version comes with small poles as standard , but the spreader loops are designed to take sticks. These are attached to the tree either end but can be put onto the ridge line of the tarp if using one.
Looking forward to trying it on an overnighter to see how I take to it. Never know you may see it for sale……at a bargain price.
Will report back after I’ve survived my first night with this setup.
Tinder on a Rope
-Easy to light even when wet.
-All natural & environmentally-friendly.
-Up to 80% resin content.
-It is the resin (oil) that burns not the wood.
-Burns with a hot flame compared to paper and paraffin.
-No “dangerous goods” shipping restrictions
-150x22x22 mm, 50-70 g.
A great way to start a fire. I’ve only tried this out in the garden so far, but it’s always good to familiarise yourself with new products before using it in a real scenario.
The tinder lights up straight away, burn time is dependant on how much fuel you use and the thickness you shave off the tinder stick.
A wee demo video…
( excuse the blunt knife and lighter, I now have the LMF Fireknife).
-Flexible and sturdy profile-grounded blade.
-Sheath with clip.
-High-friction rubber handle.
-Includes an original Swedish FireSteel® firestarter.
-Lights campfires, gas-stoves, gas-barbecues.
-Works equally well when wet.
-Predictable performance at all altitudes.
-Produces a 2,980°C (5,400°F) spark.
A knife and Swedish Fire Steel in one….perfect.
Will update as I trial…….
Both items available from Argyll Outdoors
Letting the bike take the strain !!!
Having bought a rear rack and bike mounted luggage from eBay (combination of bargains) a while back, it was time to put it to full use.
Not quite sure what size the rear panniers are but I’m guessing 32-40lts combined, plenty of room for a night away……plus additional nights. Bar bag probably giving 3lts of space, enough for bridge camera and some other camera stuff.
Despite a balmy 7 degrees forecast decided to take my 4 season sleeping bag and my tent as supposed to bivi bag. Might as well let the bike take the strain and sleep out in comfort.
Loaded and ready for the bike.
Destination, ruins of Stuck Farmhouse.
Flooded roads and landslides but we made it…….
Messing about with the Bivi and Tarp, practicing different set ups. Giving enough shelter to get changed or cook in if the weather turns bad. Whilst they could be set up separately I think it’s ideal to have everything close at hand.
Guy lines,Tarp,sleep mat,bivi,sleeping bag and walking poles…..home from home.
Bivi and sleep mat.
Set up 1
A good set up giving enough room to sit up and cook
Set up 2
Not so handy, should have pitched further back towards to foot of bivi. Just meant a longer crawl to bed.
Set up 3
My favourite. Found by accident as I moved things about!! Sits well round the hoop of bivi with enough room to cook/get changed…..plus the doors close,ha. Doors closed,tied back or pegged out.
With my urge to try and cut down on my kit weight, in addition to my newly acquired bivi I’ve now added a tarp. A versatile and simple bit of kit that can be set up in a variety of configurations.
It’s from Alpkit and is the Rig 3.5 Solo version.
Spec as follows……
Open dimensions 2.4 m x 1.4 m
stuff sac): 270 g
Stuffed size: 8 x 10 x 14 cm
33d sil PU Cordura – Lightweight and strong
16 Re-inforced attachment points – 4 lifters, 12 edge tie downs
Stuff sack included
This brings my sleeping arrangements to 1kg or there about’s, shaving almost 1kg off my original tent weight.
Whether a shelter from wind or rain,to cook under or protect your gear from the elements the Tarp is a great addition.
With the setting up of the Tarp there’s a few basic knots that are worth learning ( I had to), these make setting up, adjusting and dismantling easy.
The Prusik knot and the Bowline knot.
The Prusik allowing adjustment to line tension by sliding and the Bowline as a fixing loop.
A few quick examples I tried, with use of walking poles as support.
That’s me all set for another wee adventure. 😃
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