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The Book of the Bivvy - Techniques, Routes and Stories - a Cicerone guidebook

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Availability
Reprinted
Published
14 Aug 2015
ISBN
9781852845612
Edition
Second
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.0cm
Weight
180g
Pages
144
No. Maps
5
No. Photos
40
1st Published
19 Oct 2007
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The Book of the Bivvy

by Ronald Turnbull
Book published by Cicerone Press

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.

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Description

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."

  • Seasons
    Any season.
  • Centres
    Suggested 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.
  • Difficulty
    Suggested routes are mainly long, across hill-country.
  • Must See
    The fun of ‘doing it’.
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Contents

FOREWORD by Julian Miles

INTRODUCTION   

1  BASIC BIVVY   
    Peigne and suffering   
    Problems of the polybag   
    Plastic bag for pleasure purposes
    Polybag facts    

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   
    Cave behaviour   
    Fallback bag   
    Shopping for bags    

5  BUT WHAT IF IT RAINS?   
    Wet under thorns in Belfast    
    Further suffering   
    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   
    Comparative luxury   
    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

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