Bivy bag on OT?

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Bivy bag on OT?

Postby Lones » Tue 22 May, 2018 7:13 pm

Hi all,
I’m just starting to think seriously about doing the OT. I’m wondering if it would be ok to just take a bivy bag? I’d be planning to not use the huts unless I really had to. I’ve just bought an Outdoor Research Alpine bivy.... I haven’t tried it out yet but I have a good Exped May, which fits inside, and a decent sleeping bag. What do people think?
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Re: Bivy bag on OT?

Postby SergeantMcFly » Tue 22 May, 2018 11:10 pm

Give it a go on an overnight or two before hand if you haven't ever used one before and see how you feel about it. If you're generally comfortable using a bivvy then by all means!
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Re: Bivy bag on OT?

Postby wayno » Wed 23 May, 2018 5:51 am

try it out. they arent great for condensation especially when the weather is mild or its raining... for not much extra weight you could get an ultralight tarptent
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Re: Bivy bag on OT?

Postby Lones » Wed 23 May, 2018 4:29 pm

Mmm thanks.... I’ll definitely try it out first, am hoping to head out overnight somewhere this weekend to start with :) Reckon I’d take a tarp too.....
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Re: Bivy bag on OT?

Postby Nuts » Wed 23 May, 2018 5:09 pm

I like bivy bags and the OR's resp +ve bivies are the best I used. Taking one on the OL track is a good idea if mostly planning to use the huts. In anything but ideal weather using one will otherwise be a chore, as will setting up a tarp to try to improve your camp, compared with otherwise taking a lightweight tent. I'd suggest trying out in rain, rain and cold even better (including setup and pack up).
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