It’s been a fabulous summer for so many people who bought their first bivvy bag and tried sleeping out under the stars.
Autumn’s arrival should not mean the end of enjoyable nights away, either by yourself or with friends. Bivvy bags are certainly not much fun when it is pouring with rain though. So today I’m going to encourage you to expand your microadventure kit list a little bit with the inclusion of a “basha”.
A “basha” is army slang for a simple shelter made from a tarpaulin. Rig this up over your bivvy bag and you’ll get a good sleep even in snow or heavy rain. It’s well worth the cost of just a few quid, the weight of a couple of hundred grams and the hassle of 1 minute’s assembly. (If, however, you are eager to spend loads of money, then the Trailstar is great too).
I don’t want my blog to turn into some sort of Ray Mears / Bear Grylls survival against the apocalypse thing. So I’ll settle for showing you a photo, adding a couple of shopping links and leaving the rest to you to figure out. If you google “basha” you’ll see all sorts of fancy bashas. You can learn what to do from them. Personally I tend to go for a very simple version like this:
- Tarpaulin with eyelets. Get from a pound shop, B&Q or online. The size is up to you, but 8 foot x 10 foot is pretty luxrious.
- Bungees. You’ll need at least 2, but up to 6 would increase the pitching options.
- Tent pegs. You’ll need at least 2, but up to 6 would increase the pitching options. Or use twigs
- String. Optional to increase pitching options.
Let me know how you get on!