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3491 ft bivvy

Post by summittoppler » Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:23 am

I know some of these pics are in the BAM thread but I thought I'd stick it as a post on its own...

After riding with Allen (Escape Goat) for the first time way back in January on the BB Winter Event, he asked me on a few occasions if I'd show him a route in Snowdonia and take in a bivvy. So I dipped into the 'Summittoppler book of mtb' routes and delivered this beauty on Friday/Saturday.

A bit breezy late afternoon had me thinking of a plan B but it wasn't needed as the wind soon died down.

The destination was Carnedd Llewellyn which stands at 3491 feet and is Wales's 2nd highest peak.
Typically its the one in the cloud...
Image20190726_192951 by Jeff Price, on Flickr

The going was tough as we had a fair bit of hike a bike to do :-bd Good training for Allen's BB200 :-bd
Image20190726_192510 by Jeff Price, on Flickr

Image67589064_2354711324621941_4567492424154218496_n (2) by Jeff Price, on Flickr

Image67179281_381326029189115_4779010823223771136_n (2) by Jeff Price, on Flickr

A bit of entertainment on the way up
Image20190726_194312(0) by Jeff Price, on Flickr

As we got nearer the summit the cloud was continuing to make an appearance which would have hampered our chance of a good sunset view
Image67329219_494058581157876_6437991127269244928_n (2) by Jeff Price, on Flickr

Image20190726_203832 by Jeff Price, on Flickr

However, bang on getting near to the summit the cloud lifted for us
Image20190726_203841(0) by Jeff Price, on Flickr

Image20190726_204421 by Jeff Price, on Flickr

A little more hike a bike
Image20190726_205640 by Jeff Price, on Flickr

Image67582172_653519548493666_2219521313389674496_n (2) by Jeff Price, on Flickr

Image67261533_518068385607737_8920662539969232896_n (2) by Jeff Price, on Flickr

The summit of Carnedd Llewellyn at 3491 feet comes into sight
Image67193999_2436026969948721_7820422344005910528_n (2) by Jeff Price, on Flickr

Image20190726_210233 by Jeff Price, on Flickr

Image20190726_210221 by Jeff Price, on Flickr

A cracking little spot just 150 yards away from the summit
Image20190726_214954 by Jeff Price, on Flickr

Image67197489_2960458127361545_5575927767179984896_n (2) by Jeff Price, on Flickr

Image20190726_212138 by Jeff Price, on Flickr

Image20190726_224656 by Jeff Price, on Flickr

Bivvy view
Image20190727_074144 by Jeff Price, on Flickr

Morning brew
Image20190727_072250 by Jeff Price, on Flickr

Visibility was very poor but luckily I have a built in JPS (Jeff Postioning System! Thanks Al :-bd )
Image67167874_2576043172428173_4364624402751422464_n (2) by Jeff Price, on Flickr

Image20190727_084643 by Jeff Price, on Flickr

This would have been plan B if the weather was poor, the refuge hut on Foel Grach
Image20190727_090848 by Jeff Price, on Flickr

Image20190727_085503 by Jeff Price, on Flickr

Carneddau wild ponies
Image20190727_091707 by Jeff Price, on Flickr

This way, honest!
Image20190727_100128 by Jeff Price, on Flickr

Coming out of the cloud
Image67198049_485919188808634_1536993156845797376_n (2) by Jeff Price, on Flickr

Image20190727_100746 by Jeff Price, on Flickr

Image20190727_101152 by Jeff Price, on Flickr

The background is where we hike a biked the day before with the summit still in cloud
Image20190727_101744 by Jeff Price, on Flickr

Image20190727_102853 by Jeff Price, on Flickr


All in all a good ride and was great to show a 'newbie' the back garden 8-)

Thanks to Al for some of these pics :-bd

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Re: 3491 ft bivvy

Post by thenorthwind » Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:47 am

Nice work, and nice pics (despite the cloud/mist). Thanks for posting!

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Re: 3491 ft bivvy

Post by redefined_cycles » Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:35 am

Nice work Jeff
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JPS :grin:

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Re: 3491 ft bivvy

Post by htrider » Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:52 pm

:-bd
Cue bivvy altitude competition :mrgreen:

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Re: 3491 ft bivvy

Post by summittoppler » Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:56 pm

Thanks for the positive feedback guys!

htrider wrote:
Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:52 pm
:-bd
Cue bivvy altitude competition :mrgreen:
Lol, do you want the medal now? :lol:

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Re: 3491 ft bivvy

Post by Escape Goat » Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:31 pm

Had a ridiculous amount of fun in your back garden, thanks so much. Maybe next time I wont rush my chippy down me and it may be a touch less windy. :shock: :lol:

Didn't really set out to make a little video, but I threw a couple of pictures and small clips for a 3 minute long video;

https://youtu.be/hDLHRYZmaOw

Thanks Jeff, I had an absolute blast... I've since been thinking of something rather silly involving those lumps out there...
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Re: 3491 ft bivvy

Post by summittoppler » Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:54 am

Escape Goat wrote:
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:31 pm
Thanks Jeff, I had an absolute blast... I've since been thinking of something rather silly involving those lumps out there...

No worries mate, was good to share :-bd

Silly thoughts, tell me more....

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Re: 3491 ft bivvy

Post by ScotRoutes » Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:00 am

htrider wrote:
Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:52 pm
:-bd
Cue bivvy altitude competition :mrgreen:
1,245 m (4,084 ft)

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Post by summittoppler » Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:42 am

I knew I should have renamed the thread :wink:

Good effort :-bd

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Post by ScotRoutes » Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:47 am

Just so retro to use feet :lol:

I'm sure we've both been outdone already. The rules are it must include a bike though. Right? :wink:

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Re: 3491 ft bivvy

Post by redefined_cycles » Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:05 am

summittoppler wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:42 am
I knew I should have renamed the thread :wink:

Good effort :-bd
Can still be renamed Jeff... just go into your first post and edit title... its smart like that (compliments to the maker)

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Re: 3491 ft bivvy

Post by Landslide » Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:17 pm

ScotRoutes wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:47 am
Just so retro to use feet :lol:
Or alternatively very much of its age, following the Rees-Mogg style guide.

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Post by ScotRoutes » Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:21 pm

Landslide wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:17 pm
ScotRoutes wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:47 am
Just so retro to use feet :lol:
Or alternatively very much of its age, following the Rees-Mogg style guide.
Reported for use of the word "very".

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Post by RIP » Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:36 pm

:lol: :lol:
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Post by htrider » Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:50 pm

Right then, Ben Macdui here I come :mrgreen:

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Re: 3491 ft bivvy

Post by Alpinum » Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:07 pm

Wow...

Really enjoyed looking through the photos. Don't know what it was, but they surely took me there :-bd
ScotRoutes wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:00 am
htrider wrote:
Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:52 pm
:-bd
Cue bivvy altitude competition :mrgreen:

1,245 m (4,084 ft)

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My last bivy was at about 2700 m.a.s.l. Seems a bit unfair where I live. Next bivy (in a couple of days) could be at about 3000 m.a.s.l if my mate is happy with it.

You may want to make it a UK only competition.

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Post by ScotRoutes » Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:31 pm

I knew you'd be along to trump it :lol:

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Re: 3491 ft bivvy

Post by Alpinum » Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:05 pm

ScotRoutes wrote:
Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:31 pm
I knew you'd be along to trump it :lol:
Yeah... I can be quite foreseeable. Bit boring in a way...
To compensate for being somewhat boring, Jeff gave me a little idea for a challenge.

Rules
- during bikepacking trip of (off course) at least 2 days/1 night.
- bivy spot reached by bike. Unsupported.
- at least 4 h (?) riding/pushing/carrying to get there. 8 h?
- special drink to be enjoyed? Free choice of drinks, but it needs to be one of your favourites and one you think you should enjoy more outdoors.
- must face sunset or sunrise or, best, both.
- no closed shelter allowed. No tarp, no tarp tent, just an open bivy - the star gazing type.

Any other ideas?

The altitude bivybike challenge.
AyeBeeSee...
I'm (hopefully) going to start with it this weekend :-bd

Edit: added the last, harsh rule
Edit 2:

Open for any sorts of discussions and ideas

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Re: 3491 ft bivvy

Post by summittoppler » Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:54 pm

I like this! :-bd

How about adding up the heights during the course of the challenge? So on June 21st I was at 2411 feet, July 26th at 3491 ft and last weekend at 2985 ft which is (calculator needed) 8887 feet and all in a Hunka.

Hmm, this cold evolve....

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Post by Alpinum » Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:13 pm

Good stuff :-bd
Added altitude. Me likes :mrgreen:
I'll start logging the nights out in that fashion.
The higher the number, the better.

'Cause it may take us to places with a better view, perhaps go a little beyond where we would usually camp and give more intensive moments.

That gets me thinking about water transport. How was it up on Carnedd Llewellyn? What did you carry up in terms of water?
Any 'binge drinking' at the potentially last water source?

I remember going down to Öskjuvatn over sketchy lava in the Askja crater when hiking across Iceland, knowing the next reliable source is some 90 km away. Then playing with pumice in water like a little kid - fancy rocks swimming on water. And drinking as much as I could of the superbly tasting mineral water and filling my platy's for the next 30 h or so towards Gæsavötn.

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Re: 3491 ft bivvy

Post by summittoppler » Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:26 pm

Alpinum wrote:
Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:13 pm

'Cause it may take us to places with a better view, perhaps go a little beyond where we would usually camp and give more intensive moments.

That gets me thinking about water transport. How was it up on Carnedd Llewellyn? What did you carry up in terms of water?
Any 'binge drinking' at the potentially last water source?

I'm not called Summittopler for nothing :lol:

For the Llewellyn bivvy I carried two 500ml bottles of water and a 1 litre in the stem cell. I also had one Stella up there too! Ended up up giving Al one of 500mls in the morning. I don't usually drink much when out.
There's no natural spring up on the tops but I always take a filter with me when ever I'm out as you never know...
I do my binge drinking during the week :lol:

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Re: 3491 ft bivvy

Post by Rasta » Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:52 pm

There are a few of us on here who have biked in Nepal. So when the heights get over 4000m we can start the competition.
:grin:

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Post by Alpinum » Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:09 pm

Rasta wrote:
Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:52 pm
There are a few of us on here who have biked in Nepal. So when the heights get over 4000m we can start the competition.
:grin:
:-bd

I'm off to Chile and Argentina in November and December and hopefully will find some bivy spots in thin air.
Challenge accepted :smile:

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Re: 3491 ft bivvy

Post by summittoppler » Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:45 pm

We could also have a low altitude challenge. So to make it fair for all, how about the lowest cumulative altitude bivvies? Beach bivvies in the dunes wins!

Do we need a separate thread for this? I've never had so many comments on a thread of mine :lol: :lol:

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