The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Sunday, 30 September 2007

Gayle E Bird's Bivvy Bag Adventure

Just back from a night in the bivvy bag on Cannock Chase. Here's the preview, in pictures:

The final kit selection (Aura substituted for the Atmos, a sack liner and a micro-towel added, waterproof trousers removed):

Looks like there could be a bed for the night somewhere over there:

With darkness falling the 'bedroom' is constructed:Full dark, everyone's gone home, the wildlife is out, and it's time for tea:

And let's try that again with a bit of light on the subject:

Walking out this morning, just before the sun came up:

They're lovely to look at, but these animals are one of the good reasons why I won't be camping on Cannock Chase again!

I see that Lost-in-a-Forest also snatched the last minute opportunity to enter the Hip-pack competition and seems to have done it much more convincingly than I ever could (to Mr. In-a-Forest: a) in the nicest possible way - you bar steward for pipping me! b) well done and c) at least I was warm!)
Full details to follow.


  1. Oooooo will you hit the deadline?Nail biting stuff

  2. Hi Gayle!
    Sorry about that, being new around these parts I only heard of the competition this last week. Love the photo of the deer - looks much bigger than my one sounded! On the subject of your stove - I must admit that leaving my new, shiny, unused Bb Ultra at home was a bit of a wrench. I did think enviously of you and your lovely bivvy bag and a bushbuddy combo!
    Thanks for spurring me into action.

  3. Fantastic, it has been a while since I last bivied. Looks like you had a good night!