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Have you ever dreamed of spending a night under the stars? Discover all the necessary tips you need to know to prepare your future weekends!
Whether you are trekking during 2 days, or you are simply escaping for the night, it is important to take the right equipment so that you enjoy the moment!
In the first case, it will be necessary to favour lightweight equipment, easy to carry.In the second case, you can allow yourself more comfort
The first essential is obviously the sleeping bag!Choose it according to the outside temperature at which you are going to sleep. This depends on the season but also the altitude and the humidity of the spot where you are going to sleep, so find out in advance! The nights remain cool in the mountains and especially when in altitude, we recommend a sleeping bag with a minimum comfort temperature of 0 ° C, it is better to be too hot than too cold!
Tip: in order to deal with humidity and dew, consider equipping yourself with a sleeping bag made from water-repellent fabric, or an over-bag.And so that you keep your sleeping bag longer, and keep it odour-free, we recommend that you opt for a bag liner which will allow you to keep it clean.
We advise you to identify the spot where you want to sleep in advance.Remember to take a map, a survival blanket, and check the weather forecast carefully before setting off. Ideally, think of a "plan B" in case of bad weather: a night in a mountain refuge, a tent or at least a tarp. Do not hesitate to postpone your outing if the weather is unstable and you have no fallback solution.
An ideal bivouac site is characterized by a few very simple points:
- a nearby source of water is important.It limits the amount of drinking water you'll need to carry with you and to make mountain water drinkable, a few purifying tablets are sufficient. However do not install your camp too close to the water source to avoid rising humidity or being devoured by mosquitoes.
- A flat and dry area, as sheltered from the wind as possible (well below a ridge or pass, if possible, backed by a rocky barrier). Flat is a fairly relative concept, a very slight slope of 2 or 3% is interesting to exploit so that your head is slightly higher than your feet.
- A beautiful west or east exposure.This is a question of personal choice:choose the setting sun to take advantage of the beautiful light for the evening meal or choose the rising sun for obvious reasons of temperature in the early morning! If you opt for the "rising sun" option, the logic is to orient your tent entrance to face east.
In the forest or a clearing, the night is often very pleasant (air temperature in a forest environment being generally 1 to 3 ° C higher) on the other hand, in coniferous forest (fir trees, spruces, stone pines, Scots pines …) The acidity of the soil is very favourable to ants! Check that there is no anthill within 100 meters. On the other hand, you can hang up your backpacks on a branch so that they are not accessible to rodents and other small animals such as foxes or weasels who will enjoy your food!
NOW THAT YOU'RE READY, SPEND A GOOD NIGHT UNDER THE STARS!
It's true that when we start hiking, we can sometimes have some apprehensions. What are your thoughts about hiking? How do you set up a camp-site? What do you need to take? What do you eat? How do you hike safely?What about the children, how do you keep them occupied?
This is why we created this hiking and camping guide.Here, you will find the essentials you need to know so that you can explore the paths freely, while taking care of nature.