This Green Winter Bivvy is a Sign of Things To Come

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Bivvy, Climate, Commentary, East Highlands | No Comments
This Green Winter Bivvy is a Sign of Things To Come

This month I have a bit of climate chat for you. As you can see from the accompanying photo of my ice-encrusted bivvy bag, my January sleep was chilly but not particularly wintery. Not only is there no snow at my bivvy spot, there is barely a scrap of the white stuff to be seen […]

Glen Feshie Hammock Camp: December’s Outdoor Sleep

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in Bivvy, East Highlands | 2 Comments
Glen Feshie Hammock Camp: December’s Outdoor Sleep

Here we are at the start of another year. I have resolved to make 2017 a year of writing. This blog will be updated at least fortnightly and I am going to complete two longer projects, a non-fiction book that I started back in 2014 and a short e-book on my 2016 mountaineering trip to […]

February’s outdoor sleep – 12 in a row, challenge complete

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Bivvy, East Highlands, Scotland | No Comments
February’s outdoor sleep – 12 in a row, challenge complete

After dinner  on the 26th of February I felt inclined to settle down with a well earned drink. But it wasn’t to be, for the weather was settled and I was running out of time to complete my year of outdoor sleeping. I quickly packed my bag, drove a short distance and started climbing up the snowy […]

Glen Affric Hammock Camp: December’s Outdoor Sleep

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 in Bivvy, Camp, Northwest Highlands | No Comments
Glen Affric Hammock Camp: December’s Outdoor Sleep

Hammock camp by Loch Beinn A’Mheadhoin I woke in a swaying hammock, too scared to peep over the rim in case four hundred pounds of muscle, tooth and claw was staring back at me. When I first attempted to sleep in a hammock, 13 years ago in the Toluene meadows area of Yosemite, this fear […]

Moroccan Zen: September’s Outdoor Sleep

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Abroad, Bivvy, Climb, Morocco, Travel | No Comments
Moroccan Zen: September’s Outdoor Sleep

I found myself reaching for the word ‘Zen’ to describe the state of mind induced during and following my recent mountaineering trip to Morocco. But what exactly is Zen?  And why did this single three letter word seem to be a more accurate summation of my experience than any I might aspire to craft from the 8000 words […]

2015 Monthly Outdoor Sleeping: March

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Bivvy, East Highlands | No Comments
2015 Monthly Outdoor Sleeping: March

Nowadays we spend so little time outside in the environment. It’s all too easy to pass precious family time in the shaded indoors, shouting at the children to watch less TV and to clear up mounds of plastic crap that until a generation ago didn’t exist. Only in the outdoors, in the absence of such vile intrusions, […]

Cairngorm Bivvy on a School Night

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Bivvy, East Highlands | 7 Comments
Cairngorm Bivvy on a School Night

Late evening sun on the cliffs of Coire an Lochain For years I have toyed with the idea of a midweek bivvy in the long days that surround midsummer. The thought of having to rise at an absurdly early hour to rush into work for 0800 has always put me off. This year I made an […]

A Winter Bivvy on Sgurr a’Mhaoriach

Posted by on Feb 22, 2010 in Bivvy, Northwest Highlands | One Comment

Took on a mountaintop bivvy on Saturday night on Sgurr Coire nan Eiricheallach, a hill at the to the north of Loch Quoich that is commonly climbed before the nearby Munro, Sgurr a ‘Mhaoriach. An island in the loch was previously occupied by an outlaw who shared my name – Ewan Macfie. He refused to […]