The choice of location: decisive for a safe bivouac!
Choosing the right location is essential for making the most of the pleasures of outdoor life. Your golden rule? Always prioritize safety over the beauty of the landscape. You are here to sleep, after all!
The location of your bivouac should be:
- A neutral zone, far from a cultivated field (possible manoeuvring of machinery at dawn, deterioration of seeding), an area welcoming animals (droppings, ticks, etc.) and a river (upward movement of humidity, insect population).
- Flat ground, to avoid slipping down during the night, but also to ensure minimum comfort and protect you from puddles if it rains. Branches and stones under the sleeping area must be removed.
- A surface sheltered from "wind": to avoid damage caused by strong winds or a storm that rises in the middle of the night, it is advisable not to set up your tent facing the mountain. You will therefore avoid upward gusts that hit your canvas at full force. a common mistake: don't take into account the katabatic wind, which arrives from the peaks, caused by the descent of a mass of cold air along the slope. Under gravity, it can reach particularly high speeds.