Bivy Sleeping – Why I Enjoy It

RangerMade asked me to write about tent camping in the mountains. I have to confess right away that at this time I don’t even own a tent! I used to have one of the best tents on the planet, The North Face VE 25, but I had to sell it in Mendoza, right after an expedition on Aconcagua, since I was penniless and still had a full week ahead of me to spend on Argentinian soil.


On my return home, I got myself the cheapest tent at Walmart for a seashore stay with friends, but I’d only recommend that if you needed a disposable tent.

So it’s not tents I am going to talk about here, instead I’d like to take this article to the next level: I’m going to talk about sleeping in the bivouac!


How to Choose, Use, and Maintain Your Backpack

How to Choose Use and Maintain Your BackpackIn order to go on trips of several days in various locations you need a suitable backpack. Modern backpacks (with inner frame)-compared to old-style ones (with external frame)-are ergonomically designed to be comfortable, efficient, and provide good balance for the carrier. These advantages bring added safety to those who go on mountain hikes, whether for a day or longer.

Modern backpacks have an inside frame, with one or more bars made of aluminum. Whether you are a hiker, skier or climber, this kind of reinforcement helps you maintain your balance more easily on rough terrain.

For overnight trips it’s enough to have a 30-40 liter backpack, but for a three-day tour you need a backpack with a capacity of 40-50 liters. Some models can reach 100 liters. Beware, however, that as a rule the larger backpack, the more weight you carry. Consider your real needs carefully. Rucksack size choice is very important.

1. Backpacks with inner framing

Large volume backpacks, used on trips of two or more days, are necessarily backpacks with a rigid back. This means that the back of the rucksack is stiffened with a metal bar, which causes the weight to be transmitted to the hip, the most enduring part of the body.


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This is a nice compact solar panel with AA battery pack with attachment to charge AAA, plug in a USB, or 12v. Comes with four AA batteries. I have been charging on this for little over a month I have charged a kindle, a tablet, cell phone, a portable fan and supplied batteries as well as other brands of NiMH. I really like it because it’s small and can go anywhere. For maximum charging it must be angled with the sun, I usually prop it up anyway because I hide the things I am charging behind it to keep them from heating up. It  will still charge from other angles but direct facing is the best.

It charges up batteries in a few hours, great for hiking with GPS. Cell phones still don’t reach some areas, so GPS standalone is still important to me. Not having to carry lots of extra batteries is a relief. I backpack multiple days out and every pound counts sometimes. I like the fact that the notes about charging are written on the charger – you can’t get confused as to where your batteries are in the charging stage.


The Arc’teryx USMC ILBE Gen 2 Backpack

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If you ever wanted to own a backpack that’s the same as the ones used by the Marine Corps, then this is it. This is the second generation USMC ILBE, produced my Arc’teryx, and comes with the detachable assault pack.

This pack is one of the best I have ever used and costs much less than others of similar construction. It includes: main rucksack, assault pack, hip belt, hydration system, radio pouch. The exterior Molle webbing is a big plus over comparable framed “civilian” packs which usually cost at least twice than this one costs. And price has dropped lately. These can be bought now in the range of $169-$199.

If you are doing a BOB (Bug out Bag), this is a great choice because of the size and how well the bag is made. The extra ammo pouch is excellent if you have to set up a base camp and need a day bag and not have to carry all of your stuff.

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The quality of the materials and the fit and finish are beyond compare. The main pack is huge and can be used as one open space or sectioned off into two compartments. The assault pack is much smaller and can be used either attached to the main pack or used separately since it also has shoulder straps. The radio pouch can be taken out or used to store some smaller items.


The X-Tour Protector Bivy Tent

The X-Tour Protector Bivy Tent is one of the best bivy tents or sacks out there, even though it is not cheap. But if you want a bivy tent that sets up in a jiffy right in time for the night, then the Protector is a great solution for camouflaged sleep in the outdoors!

Military grade sleeping bag

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Weight 1750 g
Length 240 cm
Shoulder Width 104 cm
Footend Width 75 cm
Shell Fabric 35 x 12 cm

The Protector is the civilian variant, while the Observer is the military version, which also costs significantly more. The differences in the Observer are that, the bottom is also made of Gore -Tex, and the material is anti- IR coated.