"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). It presents 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.
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Ronald Turnbull is an all-weather walker, writer and photographer based in Southern Scotland. His special interest is in multi-day backpack trips over rough country, and he has completed 19 different coast-to-coast journeys across various parts of the UK. He has achieved comfortable nights without tent on over 50 UK hilltops and in three Lake District caves. He also enjoys hut-to-hut across hot, rocky and preferably Spanish-speaking bits of Europe. He has won the Outdoor Writers' Guild Award for Excellence in three separate categories: for a series of articles in Lakeland Walker magazine (2005); for a Guidebook, to the Coast to Coast Walk (1999); and for an Outdoor Book, the Cicerone-published Book of the Bivvy (2002). In 1994 he won the Fell Running Association's Long-distance Trophy for a 10-day run over all the hills of Southern Scotland. Turnbull is ultimately worth reading, not just because of the clever quirkiness of his thoughts and phrases but because his night yomps and his high bivvies and his off-beat, off-beaten-track jaunts show that he retains that most basic of outdoor-writer essentials: a simple love of being out there, somewhere, on the surface of the planet. 'The Angry Corrie', 1999Review:
Winner: Outdoor Writer's Guild Awards for Excellence: Best Outdoor Book 2001 Quirky. Entertaining. Funny. Heart warming. Very well researched and stunningly presented. (OWG Award judges) Thank you for writing The Book of the Bivvy. I bivvied out on Friday night near Capel Curig, alone in an ex-British Army bivvy bag bought for GBP12 from an army surplus store. 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 (Anthony Walmsley, via email) This book by a very well respected outdoors' author, is both a joy and an inspiration, sure to make you want to take off and seek out the wild places, ten-less at that! At least those of us who enjoy camping outwith just a bivvy bag have found a guide to the hobby that we can recommend to beginners. Ronald Turnbull's book is a gallimaufry of good things; full of sound advice, such as choosing a bivvy bag - from basic polybag to state-of-the-art expensive shelter, what to do if it rains, long-distance bivvying, all related in a humorous and informative style - making this an ideal bedside book even if you just read it in the comfort of your home...Ten out of ten, Mr Turnbull, but please come and bivvy on Dartmoor... Rating *****(John Bainbridge, Dartmoor News Sept/Oct 2002) 'Turnbull is ultimately worth reading, not just because of the clever quirkiness of his thoughts and phrases but because his night yomps and his high bivvies and his off-beat, off-beaten-track jaunts show that he retains that most basic of outdoor-writer essentials: a simple love of being out there, somewhere, on the surface of the planet. (The Angry Corrie, 1999)'
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Book Description Cicerone Press, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand new gift quality softcover Please email for photos. Larger books or sets may require additional shipping charges. Books sent via US Postal. Bookseller Inventory # 57391
Book Description Cicerone Press, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX185284342X