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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 ELDERLYMANUFACTURERS AND SUPPLIERS INDEX
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.
Winner: Outdoor Writer's Guild Awards for Excellence: Best Outdoor Book 2001Quirky. 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)'