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.
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.