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Camping and bivouacking


Posted by new rising sun on 2005-05-24 20:31:38

what is yurt? what is bivouacking? never heard either word in my life.

Posted by Juniper8 on 2005-05-25 22:12:44

Bivouacking is sleeping out in the open without a shelter over you. Normally you have a big plastic bag called a bivvy bag, and you put your sleeping bag and camp mat inside it, but if the weather is nice you can do without it. If it rains, the water normally gets into the open end of the bivvy bag, so only the bottom half of your sleeping bag stays dry, and you get slugs crawling on you and stuff, so it can be quite unpleasant. On the other hand, you get to see the stars before you go to sleep and you can drink cocoa in bed and stay up telling ghost stories to your friends and stuff (you can have more people bivvying together than you can fit in a tent). Also a bivvy bag is much cheaper, smaller, and lighter than a tent, so if you're backpacking and you're confident about the weather, then it can be a good idea.

A yurt is a traditional shelter used by nomads in Mongolia, Western China, and places like that. It looks a bit like a round tent, but the walls are reinforced with a lot of straw, so they're a lot thicker than the walls of a tent. They have a lot of rugs and wall hangings inside. It's the main house that the nomads use, so you could say it is staying in someone's house rather than camping, but it is a temporary shelter meant to moved around, and probably has fewer luxuries/facilities than a caravan, so you could say it was camping. It's quite a tricky one.