This used to appear on ontheroad.nicksellen.co.uk 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