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The Book of the Bivvy (Cicerone Guide) Paperback – 1 Oct 2001
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Winner: Outdoor Writer's Guild Awards for Excellence: Best Outdoor Book 2001 Quirky. Entertaining. Funny. Heart warming. Very well researched and stunningly presented. (OWG Award judges) Thank you for writing The Book of the Bivvy. I bivvied out on Friday night near Capel Curig, alone in an ex-British Army bivvy bag bought for GBP12 from an army surplus store. Even though it was August Bank Holiday I saw no-one between 6pm Friday and 10:30am on Saturday and had no trouble finding accommodation. I hope to do this often - my only regret is not trying it sooner (Anthony Walmsley, via email) This book by a very well respected outdoors' author, is both a joy and an inspiration, sure to make you want to take off and seek out the wild places, ten-less at that! At least those of us who enjoy camping outwith just a bivvy bag have found a guide to the hobby that we can recommend to beginners. Ronald Turnbull's book is a gallimaufry of good things; full of sound advice, such as choosing a bivvy bag - from basic polybag to state-of-the-art expensive shelter, what to do if it rains, long-distance bivvying, all related in a humorous and informative style - making this an ideal bedside book even if you just read it in the comfort of your home...Ten out of ten, Mr Turnbull, but please come and bivvy on Dartmoor... Rating *****(John Bainbridge, Dartmoor News Sept/Oct 2002) 'Turnbull is ultimately worth reading, not just because of the clever quirkiness of his thoughts and phrases but because his night yomps and his high bivvies and his off-beat, off-beaten-track jaunts show that he retains that most basic of outdoor-writer essentials: a simple love of being out there, somewhere, on the surface of the planet. (The Angry Corrie, 1999)'
About the Author
Ronald Turnbull is an all-weather walker, writer and photographer based in Southern Scotland. His special interest is in multi-day backpack trips over rough country, and he has completed 19 different coast-to-coast journeys across various parts of the UK. He has achieved comfortable nights without tent on over 50 UK hilltops and in three Lake District caves. He also enjoys hut-to-hut across hot, rocky and preferably Spanish-speaking bits of Europe. He has won the Outdoor Writers' Guild Award for Excellence in three separate categories: for a series of articles in Lakeland Walker magazine (2005); for a Guidebook, to the Coast to Coast Walk (1999); and for an Outdoor Book, the Cicerone-published Book of the Bivvy (2002). In 1994 he won the Fell Running Association's Long-distance Trophy for a 10-day run over all the hills of Southern Scotland. Turnbull is ultimately worth reading, not just because of the clever quirkiness of his thoughts and phrases but because his night yomps and his high bivvies and his off-beat, off-beaten-track jaunts show that he retains that most basic of outdoor-writer essentials: a simple love of being out there, somewhere, on the surface of the planet. 'The Angry Corrie', 1999
Top Customer Reviews
Ronald Turnbull's 'Book of the Bivvy' is written in an anecdotal, lively style. The first two thirds of the book integrate advice and information on bivvying with stories from Turnbull's (very extensive) hillwalking experiences. They cover selecting a bag, planning routes, other equipment to carry, and many tips for making the most of your experience sleeping in a bag. Final chapters suggest some bivvy bag friendly walking routes in England, Scotland and Wales.
After reading this, I'm now considering whether my little hike tent might be substituted for the odd overnight route ...
Recommended for all hillwalkers, whether you plan on sleeping out in a bag or not!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bivvied out 25 times this year as part of my Duke of edinburgh Diamond Award.Published 7 months ago by Rebecca
Great little book, pick a copy up and pop it in your day sack.Published 8 months ago by Stretford End Groundside
I loved this book. It inspired me to get out there and sleep under the stars. Nicely written and a very enjoyable read. Read morePublished 9 months ago by filmmaker
Brilliantly funny, Ronald Turnbull has got a real way with words. Respect for all those nights he spent in all weathers, good and bad, with just a bivvy bag for protection. Read morePublished 11 months ago by braiders
A crackin read, anyone who has every slept in a bivi can relate to the stories,Published 13 months ago by Mr W Peers