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Sleeping Rough

This blog was originally posted in Sep 2013 and for me poses an interesting contrast with my more recent bikepacking adventures here

Isn’t it great when you finally get around to doing something you have been meaning to do for a long time?  With this thought I left a perfectly functional house to ride into my local hills and sleep there instead!!!

I bought an Alpkit Hunka XL bivvy bag some time ago with the intention of breaking away from traditional camping and trying a fast and light approach.  Plans had been postponed, cancelled and then forgotten until inspiration resurfaced with the emergence of the concept of bikepacking.  Before inertia set in the decision was made to pack a small rucksack with essentials and head up to Kingley Vale while the weather could still be considered summer like…

Arriving after dark it felt very strange to have so little equipment to set up; I had packed little more than sleeping and bivvy bag, camping mat, small stove, titanium mug and open mind.  Wrapped up in my sleeping bag I felt cosy but oddly vulnerable with my face exposed and half imagined waking to a deer licking my face!  However, with a clear view of the stars and almost complete silence I put these thoughts out of my mind and had no trouble getting to sleep.

After a restful sleep I awoke to light streaming through the natural canopy that had provided me shelter overnight.  Sunrise, a hot drink and then within minutes I was packed up and on my way.  Descending off the hills into the morning traffic I couldn’t help but feel a little smug – sometimes adventure is right on your doorstep waiting for you to access it.

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