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Emergency Bivy

by Christian

When you’re out walking in somewhat remote or exposed areas, it’s always a good idea to bring an emergency bivy sack. I always pack a small emergency bivy, which weighs less than 100g and costs about €20. That alone should justify the purchase and space in the pack.

Why bring one? For emergencies, to wait out bad weather, a storm, or if you injured yourself, to wait for help to arrive.

Exped has a somewhat more sophisticated version of an emergency sack called the Bivybag Uno UL. It’s a bit bigger than the aforementioned product, but it’s also a more versatile product. It is made from ultralight ripstop nylon, has a hood and two-way zipper (so you can secure yourself to a rope, when climbing) and can also do double duty as vapor barrier liner if the conditions require it.

As with all emergency equipment, you’ll only need it when you need it, but a small light bivy sack should always be in your pack–especially if you are hill walking or on remote walks.

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Platypus GravityWorks Water Filter

April 16, 2012

Great post about the Platypus GravityWorks Water Filter by Philip at Sectionhiker: Once everything is connected, put the clean bag below the dirty bag and let the filtering begin. Once there are few inches of water in the clean bag, it’s important to lift it above the dirty bag, so that any air bubbles in [...]

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Hammock Camping by Derek Hansen

April 12, 2012

I have mentioned it on the blog a couple of times before: I am an avid hammock camper. There is so much good to say about hammock camping and most people experience camping bliss and the first real good sleep outside their beds when they succeed to have their setup perfected. I am not exaggerating. [...]

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