I did it. The first microadventure of this summer. My final exam (Physics) was on Monday morning so I decided it was time to sleep in the wild for a night.
For those of you unfamiliar with the word, a microadventure is a small that is done in a short space of time such as the 5-9 when you’re not at work, or perhaps even a whole weekend. The short timescale encourages you to seek adventure in places close to home.
My adventure began when I arrived home from work around 8pm, I had been forming a loose plan for the last couple of hours.Some fantastic risotto was scoffed (thanks Kate) before throwing my gear together and getting it onto the bike. I set out riding northwards into the Lake District looking for somewhere to sleep. As lanes changed to tracks and tracks were reducedto quadbike-tracks I was struggling to find somewhere appealing. Climbing a hill was not an option due to having a loaded road bike, so my accommodation had to be close to a road or footpath. This made selecting somewhere rather difficult; sleeping near a road in the Lake District is almost garuanteed to place you on private land. With nowhere suitable within my immediate range for fear of awakening by hill-sheep farmer I trundled back out of the bracken-bordered maze to the main road.
A few miles further north I found a nice car park by the western shore of Coniston. As the light began to fade I explored the car park’s surrounding area and I managed to find 4 reasonable spots away from the road. I chose the spot with be best compromise of shelter and view, a common compromise when bivvying out.
Worried that my beakfast wouldn’t survive the night due to the army of slugs the recent rain has summoned I ate it before bedding down, it consisted of a sticky-sweet banana and peanut butter sandwhich with 2 age-softened chocolate digestives for dessert. To reduce the likelyhood of any beasties getting into my clothes I hung them up overhead.
Keeping me comfortable, warm and dry was a combination of an Alpkit Hunka bivvy bag with a cheap Tesco sleeping bag with fleece liner and a skinny yet exceedingly comfortable and lightweight Gelert airbed. The bike panniers were bought at northern music festival, Solfest last August, they are made from some some kind of ex-military bags.
A very enjoyable/endurable first bivvy trip of 2012. I recommend that everyone should have a microadventure every once in a while, if only to get to know your local area more intimately.