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Re: Bivvy a month 2022

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It was such a beautiful day yesterday i decided that a solstice bivvy was in order and as I can see the top of Midsummer Hill from home it seemed like the obvious place to go even though Midsummer isn't until Friday .
ImagePXL_20220621_023537371.NIGHT by Kevin Hawker, on Flickr
I rode up in time for the sunset and came across a young lady brewing up close to the spot I intended to bivvy at . I wasn't sure what to do if she was planning on stopping I didn't want her to feel uncomfortable so I sat down and enjoyed the close of the day eventually she walked past and headed off so back to the original plan .
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I had just got into the bivvy bag when I saw the silhouette of a bloke with a big pack a stick and beard walk along the ridge I spent ages trying to remember where the image he conjured up came from I think it was one of Led Zeppelin's album covers .I set the alarm for 4 but the trail came alive about 3.30 lots of noise so I got up I think only two people spotted me they were couple of ladies with quite small backpacks within 10 minutes they were drinking something hot followed rapidly by plates full of what looked like scrambled eggs all done on a little gas stove a fine demonstration of taking only what you need .
By the time the sun rose there were loads there to see it and what a fantastic site it was .
ImagePXL_20220621_034557626 by Kevin Hawker, on Flickr
I left the crowds after the main event and found a sunsoaked bench for some breakfast when I arrived I was shivering that soon passed .
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I said to Shaf I would have a ride around the hills and the northern part of his provisional Malvern 100 route to check some of the tracks out I got home 12 hours after i got up feeling a bit jaded .

6/6 for this year 42 consecutive bivvys
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'Midsummer Hill' - nice move Kev. As today/tonight is the solstice, am hoping to head out with MuddyPete later for June's BaM. I've been brushing up on my Pagan rituals so we should be ok.
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A short ride to the country park and MuddyPete and I hid ourselves away in the trees

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Bit pointless erecting the tarp but she's not been out for a while and I was feeling guilty. Unfortunately Bedfordshire is not well known for stone circles so we had to improvise...

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I spent a bit of time reading up about pagan rituals and it seems you need quite a few artefacts and other items to do things properly, so more improvisation was in order... you have to drink lots of mead apparently, dried fruits are eaten, and mystical herbs have to be thrown around...

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I'm not sure the various gods would have been completely impressed with our efforts but we had to do the best we could with what was available. I expect the sun will still rise in the morning despite our feeble offerings.

Sadly Pete drew the line at all the nude dancing at midnight. I was well up for it but he'd gone to sleep :smile: .

6/6, 6/12, 78/78
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Re: Bivvy a month 2022

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What was the result of the ritual, Reg? Did you have any visions or visitors?

I bagged my June bivvy last night too. Realised quite late is was the solstice and don't have a lot of opportunities to get out between now and the end of the month, plus the weather was lovely. Lobbed the essentials into a rucksack and headed to one of my local downs, had a lovely view down to the coast. Very mild evening, no tarp needed, slept very well. Also managed to get away without using a headtorch (even though I had one with me) as it was so light. Was home just after 7am
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Nice one Ben, just shows you don't need much to get out and have a bit of fun.

Rituals - we were trying to make sure the sun still came up this morning and thank it for its efforts.

I noticed it earlier, so I think we must have done OK. Goodness knows what would have happened if we hadn't gone out and enacted them.
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Re: Bivvy a month 2022

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:lol: bunch of nutters!

Are you sure you weren't using these mystical herbs.. :wink:
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Re: Bivvy a month 2022

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Can't get the vision of Reg doing a Britt Ekland dance at midnight out of my head now :shock: :lol:
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Rob S wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 11:11 am bunch of nutters!
Damn, our cover is blown!
Can't get the vision of Reg doing a Britt Ekland dance out of my head now :shock: :lol:
Britt? I suspect this would be more Reg's style :smile:

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June done! And they don't get much better than this!

I rode home from work at 5pm yesterday, got home 20 minutes later, had tea, faffed, drove for an hour, rode my bike up a hill close to Arenig Fawr.

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The sun was dipping below Carnedd Ugain with Snowdon just to the left of sun
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A bit grainy zoomed in but what a sight!
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Drying out my top as it was a sweat fest to get there
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The view from the bag takes some beating :grin:
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4am view
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Then it was drive back home, change bikes, ride to work for 7:30 (shower) and soak in the buzz of a great solstice bivvy :-bd
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Some really cracking images there :YMAPPLAUSE:
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I came back from a game of squash and marked the solstice with some rum (expensive, old but sadly unremarkable) in the diet coke. Living the dream :-bd
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Re: Bivvy a month 2022

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Snuck another bivvy into June in celebration of the solstice. A gorgeous evening of golden light, set to a soundtrack of Meadow Pipits, Hen Harriers, Barn Owls, Wrens and SBJs.
New bivvy mate Agent N and I arranged to meet at the pub. 9n arrival, it turned out to be closed due to "unforseen circumstances". Fucksake. Still, at least they had an outdoor tap, so water topped up, we winched our way tor-wards. Trep joined us too, and we saw her (lights) coming round the mountain* as she came. This was however round about our bedtime, so we sent news.of how to find us, and rustled our way into bed.

After the shortest night, morning broke with golden light spilling across the moors like am explosion in a golden syrup factory. Grudgingly embracing the new dawn, I found Trep perched on a rock eating breakfast. We hugged, nattered, and had a brew. Hares gambolled** on the heather clad flanks of the tor before us.

Bloomin' marvellous.

Pics here:
https://www.instagram.com/p/CfHb1_uMvsW/
https://www.instagram.com/p/CfHcJB2MBZ9/
And a "Reel"***:
https://www.instagram.com/reel/CfHsbmVghed/

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**Can only lambs gambol? I dunno.
***Like one.of those nice films Allen does, but without any of the well-considered camera angles, engaging commentary, or decent editing.
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Bearlegged wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 9:15 pm **Can only lambs gambol? I dunno.
Just so long as they stop when the fun stops....
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RIP wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 8:57 am A short ride to the country park and MuddyPete and I hid ourselves away in the trees

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Bit pointless erecting the tarp but she's not been out for a while and I was feeling guilty. Unfortunately Bedfordshire is not well known for stone circles so we had to improvise...

Image

I spent a bit of time reading up about pagan rituals and it seems you need quite a few artefacts and other items to do things properly, so more improvisation was in order... you have to drink lots of mead apparently, dried fruits are eaten, and mystical herbs have to be thrown around...

Image

Image

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I'm not sure the various gods would have been completely impressed with our efforts but we had to do the best we could with what was available. I expect the sun will still rise in the morning despite our feeble offerings.

Sadly Pete drew the line at all the nude dancing at midnight. I was well up for it but he'd gone to sleep :smile: .

6/6, 6/12, 78/78
Stonehenge it is not :lol:
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Cheeky Monkey wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 8:27 pm Some really cracking images there :YMAPPLAUSE:
I'll second that :-bd
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Bearlegged wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 9:15 pm Snuck another bivvy into June in celebration of the solstice. A gorgeous evening of golden light, set to a soundtrack of Meadow Pipits, Hen Harriers, Barn Owls, Wrens and SBJs.
New bivvy mate Agent N and I arranged to meet at the pub. 9n arrival, it turned out to be closed due to "unforseen circumstances". Fucksake. Still, at least they had an outdoor tap, so water topped up, we winched our way tor-wards. Trep joined us too, and we saw her (lights) coming round the mountain* as she came. This was however round about our bedtime, so we sent news.of how to find us, and rustled our way into bed.

After the shortest night, morning broke with golden light spilling across the moors like am explosion in a golden syrup factory. Grudgingly embracing the new dawn, I found Trep perched on a rock eating breakfast. We hugged, nattered, and had a brew. Hares gambolled** on the heather clad flanks of the tor before us.

Bloomin' marvellous.

Pics here:
https://www.instagram.com/p/CfHb1_uMvsW/
https://www.instagram.com/p/CfHcJB2MBZ9/
And a "Reel"***:
https://www.instagram.com/reel/CfHsbmVghed/

*Hill
**Can only lambs gambol? I dunno.
***Like one.of those nice films Allen does, but without any of the well-considered camera angles, engaging commentary, or decent editing.
Gorgeous!

Closest I've come to a solstice bivvy is a lovely play out on Llangorse Lake last night followed by sleeping in my hammock in the garden....
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Re: Bivvy a month 2022

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I got out on a variation of the FU R T H E R East this last week and spent two nights out, one in a bivvy bag and one under a tarp. I will write more later but just marking my #bam for June.

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Re: Bivvy a month 2022

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June BaM Done. 6/12 for 2022.

Time was running out for a June BaM so this one had to be a local ride-to-bivvy. To make it more of a "thing", (no, not an adventure, definitely not an adventure), I hatched a plan to bivvy in a cave not too far from home that my son (the caver) had mentioned, near Bwlchgwyn. His caving club had used it for a Christmas gathering and I resolved to find it. He tried to tell me where it was - couldn't make me understand, but I found a gridref on t' internet. Not very accurate, as it turned out, but after a lot of trundling on forestry tracks and pushing through undergrowth, there it was. I did, at one point, think I'd found a clue when, up a path I came across a pile of pop bottles and beer cans and thought they'd probably been chucked out of the cave mouth (as yobboes do) but after climbing up through heavy undergrowth and rhododendrons it was a false alarm.

Found it..
Cue, the Wedding Cave.....after a lot of wandering around in the valley
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To get there, I had pedalled from home, calling at the Black Lion in Bersham ('cause I had to find a toilet, sharpish) before climbing up to Bwlchgwyn for a delicious meal of liver, bacon and onions at the Kings Head. I mention this only because I don't get liver at home because Mrs Frog won't touch it. Anyway, onward.. Beside the road in the village was this..
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A local free bookshop in a re-purposed red phone box.

So, back to the cave. A pretty roomy affair this, apparently an ancient mine cut into the side of a valley. Lots and lots of empty tea-lights on every available ledge. Unexpectedly, I found two that were still burning - double depth ones, probably burning since the previous night. Happily I'd chosen this night for a bivvy and not the previous one. A cave full of partygoers wouldn't have made for a good bivvy. Given that there's so much room, it was quite hard to find somewhere to kip that was even, level, free of stones and bits of broken bottle and dry - it's a cave after all and there's lots of dripping water.

I made a cuppa, had a slurp of whisky and retired for the night for a not-very-good sleep. There was the sound of dripping water of course, but also an occasional sound like someone banging two pebbles together that made me a little uneasy. P'raps it was a knocker, like they say live in Cornish tin mines - I should have left, if not my pasty crust, then half a finger of the Kit-kat that I had with my tea. Aaand, in the morning I could see a greyish white shape on the rock face above my bed. Creepy, until I fully awoke and could see that it was reflected daylight from the cave opening.

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It had been a bit of a scramble to reach the cave and I was afraid I'd not be able to get back out with the bike..
This is a flat bit. There was a lot of steep slippery stuff too..
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Rather than going back home the same way I'd come I opted to follow some tracks down through the valley.

A pretty river crossing..
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Cue the vanishing river...

Now you see me....
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Now you don't..
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It disappeared into a hole at the bottom of a steep rock face.

Eventually, I was back on tarmac and in Wrexham, stopped at a bacon butty van for a breakfast burger...
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before pedalling home.
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I feel a bit of a fraud posting on here since I've done Jan, March, May and 2 in June but I miss you guys.

My HT write up (incase you only ride on planet BAM) is here https://trepidexplorer.blogspot.com/20 ... 2.html?m=1
Bonus BAM here for June https://trepidexplorer.blogspot.com/202 ... 2.html?m=1

From Tuesday... yes if you squint through the glare of the sun you can just see my bivi on the right.
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Best (only) HT Camp pic. Does it count if its taken from INSIDE the pitch?
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