The Book of the Bivvy

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Cicerone Press Limited, Feb 11, 2013 - Sports & Recreation - 144 pages
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A guide to bivvybag skills and expeditions, 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 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. 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.
 

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Contents

FOREWORD
7
INTRODUCTION
9
CHAPTER 1 BASIC BIVVY
13
CHAPTER 2 BIVVY HISTORY
19
CHAPTER 3 THE BREATHABLE BAG
28
CHAPTER 4 MIDLEVEL BAGGERY
37
CHAPTER 5 BUT WHAT IF IT RAINS?
46
CHAPTER 6 ACROSS SCOTLAND BY BAG
57
CHAPTER 9 BIVVYBAG ROUTES
99
CHAPTER 10 ANOTHER PENNINE JOURNEY
111
CHAPTER 11 SUDDEN DEATH AND SHEEPSTEALING
124
SHELTERED HOUSING FOR THE ELDERLY
132
MANUFACTURERS AND SUPPLIERS
135
TO THE 2011 REPRINT
137
INDEX
138
LISTING OF CICERONE GUIDES
141

CHAPTER 7 THE ART OF LIGHTWEIGHT LONGDISTANCE
67
CHAPTER 8 BAG PLANS
85
BACK COVER
145
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Ronald Turnbull was one of the first people to walk the Southern Upland Way. He is a runner as well as a walker, and in 1986 was awarded the Long Distance Trophy of the Fell Running Association for a non-stop journey over the 148 hills of Southern Scotland. Outside the Southern Uplands he walks, climbs and runs in the Highlands and sometimes in England.

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