After the Summer Solstice bivi on the hill with The Lad, I returned for a quick solo trip one very hot summer’s evening.
Leaving home just before everybody else sat down for tea, I was walking out of Belstone within the hour, pleased to find it a lot cooler there than it had been at home where it was touching 30°C.
Atop Belstone Tor, there was a very pleasant cooling breeze making for a beautiful evening with not a soul about. I continued onward, walking until about the sun started to dip below the horizon, then started to look for a spot for the night.
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Finding a comfortable spot took a while due to the boulders, but one of the great things about bivi bags is that they need very little room.
Setting up camp took at least twenty seconds after which it was time to get the stove on for tea.
The meal was a Cashew Nasi from Adventure Foods, which would have been a lot better if I had not misread the instructions in the half-light and added far too much water. Nevertheless, it tasted good and I was well hydrated by bedtime.
During the night, the broth bit back as I awoke desperate for the loo.
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Having no zips means that it is very easy to get in and out of my bivi bag, which was a major help, but the great thing about being woken in the night was what I could see above. Being high on a hill, a long way away from large cities, I was able to drink in the majesty of the night sky in its full glory. A sight I will never tire of.
As the sun rose, so did I; my bivi bag speckled with dew.
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Packing my kit away took minutes, then it was time to climb over the ridge to catch the earliest rays of heat feeling the sun arming my body, the stove went on for a brew with breakfast, then it was time to head back to the car.
Back to the car and off to the cafe for a fry-up, but today, it is the first day of the holidays and the queue is a big one, so it’s straight home for a day of playing in the sun.
Another microadventure over. Simple in its simplicity, but another good one at that.