Bivvy a month 2015

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Re: Bivvy a month 2015

Post by paramart » Thu Apr 16, 2015 7:34 pm

great write up lads glad you enjoyed it looks great, love to see improvisation :-bd
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Re: Bivvy a month 2015

Post by summittoppler » Sat Apr 18, 2015 1:22 pm

Excellent write up, sounds like a right proper adventure for you all :cool:

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Re: Bivvy a month 2015

Post by Mike » Sun Apr 19, 2015 6:25 pm

Second bivy this month saw me ione and scott heading for a night on the long mynd. We drove over to church Stretton and rode over the tops to meet Scott at bridges for a few beers then climbed back up the portway n down into little Stretton for dinner and more beer, coffee n coke before climbing up into the woods for the night. Here's some pics

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Re: Bivvy a month 2015

Post by Scattamah » Sun Apr 19, 2015 8:08 pm

4/4. After a nice ride in the sun from Shrewsbury out to Bridges, I caught up with Mike and AW for an afternoon of Long Mynd fun, followed up with a nice meal and a climb up into the forest for a night out. Back down into town in the morning for brekky at a cafe and a ride home.
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Great to see Mike and AW again...always good fun to roll with.

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Re: Bivvy a month 2015

Post by ianfitz » Fri Apr 24, 2015 11:58 am

April Bivy ticked. from work to the Anglers Rest in Bamford where 18 bikes and Intrepid brewing were launching their collaborative beer (its 18th batch from Intrepid) I sampled some and can approve it for public consumption, excellent pies are available too!

As an aside, the Anglers is a community owned and run pub, post office and cafe. it has new, and excellent, bike facilities. racks, locks you can use for a returnable deposit, tools, pump and work stand, and if you go there this Saturday by bike you can have some FREE BEER!

anyway, after several beers I cruised over to burbage valley and had a very pleasant night sleep among the boulders under burbage south. Beautiful clear sky and fairly warm, the sun in the morning was really quite hot. Trundled down the road to work and shower, porridge and coffee.
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Re: Bivvy a month 2015

Post by frogatthefarriers » Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:39 pm

I posted an April bivvy earlier but that was a walk-in. I was feeling that it didn't really count as there was no bike involved, so I packed my bike and pedalled out to Erddig park to camp on the motte & bailey. This is a very pretty spot at the moment with carpets of primroses between the trees.

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I was just finishing setting up when I heard the sound of youths on the track; you know the kind of thing, shouting, swearing and that braying laughter that's particularly annoying. But then they passed and I breathed a sigh of relief. It was too good to be true, though, because ten minutes later, there they were in all their horrible reality - four lads and a couple or three girls. They parked themselves a good distance away from me but the noise was still considerable. Even worse, one was talking (shouting) on his mobile to another, giving directions.

"Oh No", I thought, but sure enough, within half an hour, another three appeared.

Needless to say, I didn't get much sleep, what with the braying and squealing (the girls), the marauding in search of firewood, then chopping and breaking of branches. The noise went on until daybreak.

Morning view from my hammock. You can see the pretty primroses and THEM in the distance.
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Violets (I think)
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In the morning, after I'd packed up, I went over to have a look what kind of mess they'd made. It was as you can imagine. They'd lit two fires. They had chopped down some trees that were still burning with one end in the fire and the rest of the tree lying ready to be pushed in when the end had burned away. There were empty cans strewn within a ten metre radius. How predictable. Some of them had gone home but there was one girl and four lads left, looking the worse for wear. I begged them to clear up after themselves, this being such a pretty place and they said that they would. Yeah, right! I did think of 'phoning the park ranger to let him know, but somehow thought I'd give them the benefit of the doubt.

Last shot of Erddig Hall on the way home.
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Not the best of bivvies, but hey, something interesting happened.
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Re: Bivvy a month 2015

Post by ctznsmith » Mon Apr 27, 2015 7:55 pm

3/4 normal service resumed. 3 tarp monte
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Re: Bivvy a month 2015

Post by Taylor » Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:57 am

Still in!!!

Leaving it late.
Used my hammock for the first time in about a year. Very comfortable it was too.
4/4
40/40

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Re: Bivvy a month 2015

Post by Matt » Wed Apr 29, 2015 9:07 am

Taylor wrote:Still in!!!

Leaving it late.
Used my hammock for the first time in about a year. Very comfortable it was too.
4/4
40/40

:-bd
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Re: Bivvy a month 2015

Post by Taylor » Wed Apr 29, 2015 9:09 am

Didn't get any but I had jBay along to verify it as an independent witness. :-bd

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Re: Bivvy a month 2015

Post by jBay » Wed Apr 29, 2015 9:18 am

I can confirm Taylor was in a flappy Hammock last night.
Avoided the rain by an early start.

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Re: Bivvy a month 2015

Post by Wotsits » Thu Apr 30, 2015 1:05 pm

Quick ride over to Minch Moor Bothy while i was with a group of other riders in Peebles. Big thanks to Ray for the routes, just wish i'd asked about a source of water near the bothy before!
Looked for Alistair's recommendation of a gate at the bottom of the deliverance descent, but i think my eye balls were still rattling round too much in their sockets to pick that one up!

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The final descent back down into Gypsy Glen & Peebles is ace :-bd

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Was a great area to ride which i'd like to return to sometime in the not too distant future to explore some more..
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Re: Bivvy a month 2015

Post by Ray Young » Thu Apr 30, 2015 3:34 pm

Glad you enjoyed it.

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Re: Bivvy a month 2015

Post by Scattamah » Mon May 04, 2015 2:10 pm

5/5 - bivvy in Hafren forest in wind that seemed gale-force at times. Cheers to Taylor, Chew and co for an entertaining night out.

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Re: Bivvy a month 2015

Post by Ian » Mon May 04, 2015 8:14 pm

Like Scott and many others, May has been duly ticked off with a bothy Nant Syddion) and bivvy (Hafren Bogs) on the WRT with Beth. 5/5

Got a video to edit too, so will see how that goes - not even looked at the footage yet.
Waiting to see if I have a group scene of everyone's arse at the bothy as we went to bed and left camera unattended on the table downstairs... X_X

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Re: Bivvy a month 2015

Post by Mike » Mon May 04, 2015 9:36 pm

Ah sounds like I missed two great nights. Jas/ray, is that descent in to Peebles the one off kirkhope law at the top of the cardrona forest by any chance?? The last PIC looks like the top.

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Re: Bivvy a month 2015

Post by adjustablewench » Mon May 04, 2015 9:42 pm

Ian wrote:Waiting to see if I have a group scene of everyone's arse at the bothy as we went to bed and left camera unattended on the table downstairs... X_X

As if that would have even been suggested . . . . .
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Re: Bivvy a month 2015

Post by Charliecres » Tue May 05, 2015 7:06 am

5/5 Failed to complete the Cairngorms Loop due to lovely spring weather but had a superb trip nonetheless.
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Re: Bivvy a month 2015

Post by frogatthefarriers » Tue May 05, 2015 10:16 pm

5/5

On the WRT, in the forest about 2 miles short of Nant Syddion, having done about 8 miles more than I would have done had I reached my intended destination at Nant Rhys, if I hadn't been stymied by the rally in Hafren and taken a few wrong turns.

Had to set up and cook in the dark (goulash and spaghetti) because my head torch battery expired, though I do have a candle lantern which helped a bit. Had a good nights sleep then woke up to a misty morning and a good view of the windmills I'd passed under the previous night. While getting breakfast, the rain started. Always look for the positive, I say. In this case it meant that while packing my stuff away I was able to gather enough rainwater running off my tarp to fill my Camelback.

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Two miles later I was at the bothy. Another mile, and I was again screwed by the rally lot, with motor bikes this time. After a bit of wandering about trying to get out of the forest I eventually told the marshals to get stuffed and forged on along my intended route to Nant Rhys. This meant I had to dodge the bikers while pushing up a horrible slippy muddy track, lifting my bike up on to the bank every few yards. At the top of said track was another marshal who informed me that the last of the riders had gone through and he was just waiting for the closing riders to open the trail again. I could have waited at the bottom and had a brew if I'd known. Hey Ho, such is life>
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Re: Bivvy a month 2015

Post by Wotsits » Fri May 15, 2015 1:25 pm

Mike wrote:Ah sounds like I missed two great nights. Jas/ray, is that descent in to Peebles the one off kirkhope law at the top of the cardrona forest by any chance?? The last PIC looks like the top.
Sorry Mike, only just seen this..

Yes, the last pic was taken at the top of Kirkhope Law. I think next time i'll have a look at starting the descent at either Dun bicycle or Birkscairn Hill..
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Re: Bivvy a month 2015

Post by Mike » Fri May 15, 2015 8:05 pm

No worries jase, I came across this a few yrs ago by coincidence and iv always wanted to do it again. Its vaguely exciting and the end is great when it turns to single track if I remember right :-bd.

Fancy thrashing that susser around afan trails end of the month couple of us r heading down to camp at the pools and ride the afan trails 29-31?

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Re: Bivvy a month 2015

Post by Wotsits » Fri May 15, 2015 9:12 pm

Mike wrote:No worries jase, I came across this a few yrs ago by coincidence and iv always wanted to do it again. Its vaguely exciting and the end is great when it turns to single track if I remember right :-bd.

Fancy thrashing that susser around afan trails end of the month couple of us r heading down to camp at the pools and ride the afan trails 29-31?
Must have been great finding that descent by accident Mike!

Afan sounds good, will have a look at those dates & get back to you :-bd
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Re: Bivvy a month 2015

Post by Mike » Fri May 15, 2015 9:28 pm

No worries jase iv pre booked a pitch anyhow and Neil ( composite )has a big tent
should be a good weekend pal make a change to through the bike down some rocks!

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Re: Bivvy a month 2015

Post by Wotsits » Sat May 16, 2015 12:30 am

Sounds like a plan Mike! I've gone all 'duro & have bought a dropper post. Couldn't bring myself to get any goggles yet though!! :geek:
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Re: Bivvy a month 2015

Post by Mike » Sun May 17, 2015 7:39 pm

Pm me ur mobile number pal, ill text u details etc. Wouldnt want to put out some enduro vibes on a bikepacking forum now. might mess with the karma :lol: come on stu , u know u may as well get a full susser also!

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