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Should one remove their boots in an emergency bivvy situation?

I only see an advantage if your boots are wet: Then I would advise to remove the wet shoes and socks. Maybe you are in the lucky position to have some dry spare socks in your backpack. If not you may ...
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Legal situation for camping in the German Elbsandsteingebirge

Yes, there are special places where you are allowed to sleep outside if you are climbing there. And by "outside" I mean without a tent, because these locations are (more or less) ...
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Am I allowed to sleep in the wild in the Austrian Alps?

tl;dr What you describe is absolutely allowed (using a bivouac to spend one night). If you set up a small camp (described as a "planned bivouac" further in this text), you shouldn't be in a ...
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Should one remove their boots in an emergency bivvy situation?

As an anecdote, I did. I unexpectedly bivied overnight during a snowstorm at 14kft in -15F, 50mph winds with a pack, bivy sack and warm clothes. I had dry feet prior, didn't have an issue getting the ...
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Pros and cons of Tent vs bivvy bag

Bivy Pros: Very light. No tent poles. Ease of finding a place to sleep. Stealth bivvying is easier. I've slept on a slope against a tree. Very quick to setup or pack away, even in the dark. One ...
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Legal situation for camping in the German Elbsandsteingebirge

According to German law, bivouacking (defined as sleeping outside for one night without a tent) is generally allowed in Germany, but only outside from nature protection areas. Camping is generally ...
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What is the most severe temperature that a proper snow cave can protect you from?

TLDR: -148 °F including windchill has been survived inside of a snowcave. I went looking for cases of people surviving extremely low temperatures while inside a snow caves, and it looks like the ...
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Winter bivvying in the Alps: what is a good temperature rating for a sleeping bag

First of all, I will just spread some ideas. I never did a winter bivi by myself. Please don't blindly trust my words. But... because I am interested in the idea and like to do something similar in ...
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Winter bivvying in the Alps: what is a good temperature rating for a sleeping bag

If you sleep only in a bivy bag direct on snow you need to have a sleeping bag with a good isolated pad for the temperature in the forecast at least. If you sleep in a well build igloo the ...
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Are Oxygen shortages possible in closed bivouacs?

If you put a plastic back over your head, you are going to suffocate. A good bivvy bag should be designed such that suffocation is not an issue. However, breathing into a bivvy bag is a terrible idea ...
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Differences for bivi packs

Bivying used to be regarded as a desperate act that you'd do in an emergency. In these circumstances a large polythene bag would serve as a make do shelter. Very cheap simple and pretty awful. In ...
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How to avoid slugs on the face in a bivvy bag

Unfortunately they like the damp (as we typically have in the UK at this time of year) and will find warmth. So there will be lots about and may seek you out. You either need to repel them from your ...
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Pros and cons of Tent vs bivvy bag

Here's some advice about sleeping in a bivvy bag. Do not close the bag when you sleep. Leave it open and use the mosquito net, then the air you breathe can get out. When it is really cold leave it ...
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Planned winter bivi

If you are going to alpine area, your most important concern has to be security. Even with best equipment, knowledge about the dangers and how to avoid them is far more important. As you specifically ...
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How best to arrange a rope that you intend to sleep on top of

My recommendation would be to coil it into a carpet, it's be the easiest and most comfortable, but it wouldn't stay together very well. You could put your tarp over top if you have a rope tarp, that ...
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Using a synthetic sleeping bag on/under it's limit

Using a sleeping bag liner can usually add 5-8°c or more warmth capability to your sleeping bag. However, do not use a cotton liner if you are in cold climates, as that can hold onto moisture from ...
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What's the best lightweight pole for a tarp?

I usually use trekking poles when walking and have been for over 20 years as it helps prevent knee injury so I would use them with a tarp. Since you want to use a dedicated pole for a tarp which is ...
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Can I sleep overnight in a lean-to in Germany?

At least along some of the popular long-distance trails like the Rennsteig it is explicitly allowed and common practice to use these as overnight shelters. Not sure if there are any strict rules ...
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Using a synthetic sleeping bag on/under it's limit

I've used a cotton bag liner for winter camping for the past couple years, I love it. I'm usually a huge opponent to wearing cotton in winter, but that's because most people are pretty careless about ...
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Bivouac on glacier: how to be sure not to stand on a crevasse?

Probing is the best and only guaranteed technique for safely locating crevasses. Knowing how crevasses form will help you identify areas where crevasses are more likely to be, but you can't be certain ...
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Should one remove their boots in an emergency bivvy situation?

Down slippers weigh very little and store very small. Always pack them and use them along side high altitude down overmitts. Dont find out the hard way.I used them on the Cairngorms overnight minus 22 ...
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What's the best lightweight pole for a tarp?

Many ultra light tents which use trekking poles as part of the framing offer the alternative of using carbon fiber poles (1-2oz), carbon fiber and fiberglass (1.8oz), or aluminium (4oz). I used one ...
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Using a synthetic sleeping bag on/under it's limit

In my experience the two most important things you can do to improve the range of a bag are: Improve your ground insulation. Warm your extremities. Ground insulation is far more important than most ...
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Best way to use “space” blanket to boost heat when bivy camping

Space blankets are good insulators. They prevent your body heat from escaping due to radiation and convection. They however do not prevent conduction based heat loss. Given this, the best place to ...
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How to avoid slugs on the face in a bivvy bag

You could sprinkle a ring of crushed diatomaceous earth around your bag. I have heard that slugs and snails can't cross over it, it is like cut glass to their soft bodies. It is a very lightweight ...
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Legal situation for camping in the German Elbsandsteingebirge

Yes, it is forbidden make a fire, build a tent or sleep outsite also in the national park Bohemian Switzerland. Offical website: www.npcs.cz
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