The lovely people at Big Agnes have given me some kit to test and write up. It’s all a bit different, but it addresses some issues I have currently and brings more questions at the same time.
Regular listeners may know of my love of the Terra Nova Laserlite/Comp, it has served me well and will continue to do so no doubt. But it has it’s limits in the wind, and as we’re into winter it’s been on my mind about my summit camps and the possibility of using something with a smaller footprint and something not so high either, giving me a chance of getting a better pitch and a better nights sleep. It was looking like a hooped bivy of some sort.
So the timing was spot on, the Three Wire Bivy Sack is what I’ll be testing over the winter. Inside there’s more room than I was expecting, it has guy points, a clever zip arrangement, and the two most important features? The poles round your head and the eVent fabric.
Inside it I’ll be using Zirkel sleeping bag and a Two Track Pad. It’s different to what I’ve been used to, this top-bag system. I’m looking forward to finding what the application is like, and indeed it’s limits. I’ve had it pitched and tried it all on for size, feels good so far.
I’ll be adding 1000m of altiutude onto that wee shot at home shortly and I’ll be looking at stability, breathability, warmth, camp living comfort and usability. And as I’ll be cooking outside, I’m thinking that building a small snow windbreak for cooking will cover any issues.
So, new lightweight snow shovel?
It’s going to be interesting, informative and bloody good fun.