Nick Sellen

This used to appear on which was all about a bike tour I made around the UK in 2011/2012.

No tent!

02 July 2011

I don’t have a tent with me, instead I’m using a bivy and a tarp. It’s my first trip using this combo and I didn’t actually try it out before leaving.

So far the benefits over a tent are:

  • flexible structure that can suit the situation – low and discrete / high and spacious
  • can safely cook inside it
  • space to sit up and read or get changed
  • very lightweight (400g for a large tarp)

my first ever tarp, erm, erection – a classic A-frame shape between two trees

it’s very roomy inside, even when it’s this low to the ground

yet barely visible only 10 meters away

Last night I popped into a local pub who let me stay in the garden, there was a fair wind so I made a more enclosed tarp structure

tarp structure anchored to a tree and well protected from the wind