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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Trying to shave some weight of my camping gear….easier than shedding it off myself!!
Just bought a Rab Ridge Raider bivi coming in it at 800gms it’s a kilo lighter than my Vango Banshee tent. Not that the Banshee is a tonne weight, but if carrying over any great distance the Raider would be the choice.
The thought of a bivi that basically rests on your face put me off spending the night in one. But with the Raider and it’s support pole, this is negated and gives a less claustrophobic feel. The built in mozzy net even keeps the midgies out, which means you can still enjoy the views.
Was also looking for a lighter sleeping bag than the 4 season one I’ve got, so as a cheap lighter alternative I found a Snugpak Travelpak2. Weighing in at 1100gms with a comfort of 2 degrees, for £35 thats not to bad. This also has a mozzy net built in!!!!
So far that’s almost 2 kilos off what I’m carrying. Plan to add a tarp for a more versatile set up,giving a changing/cooking area. Hopefully that’ll only be 500gms at most.
With the arrival of some new gear,the opportunity to test it out was chosen to be Wednesday night.
A return to Buachailean had been planned for a night walk,but a nights camping was a better idea!
18:00 hrs. After work we headed down to Toward,parking at the forestry’s Ardyne car park. We were soon on route to the summit (346 mts).
19:30 hrs. Once on the summit the weather allowed us outstanding views over Bute to Arran as we set up camp.Once camp was established it was time for a well earned ‘refreshment’as we watched the Bute ferry shuttle back and forth and the sun setting to the West.
Dinner was in the form of spicy rice and chicken,pre-packed chicken tikka and the mandatory super noodles ( midnight snack!).
01:00 hrs, it was time to retire to our new sleeping quarters. For me,my Rab Ridge Raider bivi ( now known as the crisp packet) and for Jamie to his Gelert Solo tent.
06:00 hrs, up and about. Taking time for a coffee and a few pictures before packing up and starting the walk back to the car park.
Moon over Bute and Arran
Sunset to the West
The idea of a microadventure is the brainchild of adventurer Alastair Humphreys, see his site HERE for more details. Basically leaving work,loading up,heading out for a night under the stars/clouds and returning to work the next day. Taking minimum equipment with you and returning with an experience you’ll never forget.
I’ve been unfaithful………I’ve been exploring other areas!!!
A wee mid week paddle to Loch Etive to visit and stay over at Cadderlie Bothy.
Launched at Taynuilt and headed on our 4 mile paddle. Tad on the windy side on the way out and the biggest waves I’ve encountered yet…..all good fun.
Fuel: Surrounding woodland.
Altitude: 17 mts
Bike friendly : 10/10
Pics from the trip……..
The paddle in
Saturday morning and again I was heading to Loch Eck. This time with a purpose…to find a spot for a nights camping. There’s a couple of large beaches on the Loch,but was looking for something different.
Also wanted to try out my new stove ( Vango Ultralite,73gms) ,have had it for ages and testing it in the garage just isn’t the same.
The beach has great views and usually has on side that’s sheltered from any wind, or the options to head into the trees.
After the beach stop I headed North to the River Cur just to give the arms a work out…….looks like alligator territory up there!!!!
Whilst paddling I did notice some areas of the dreaded Japanese Knotweed growing!!! Having received an email from a member of the local walking group to record any locations I got some pictures and reported back. Hopefully the organised group will be able to treat and eradicate the problem on the shores.
Looking forward to the next visit to this beach……maybe even with the tent.
Oh,almost forgot. 360 degree video of beach