Wild camping, or sleeping rough if only equipped with a bivvy bag and no tent, can be a daunting prospect for adventure cyclists that have never done it before. However, while fears of being discovered by somebody (or something), not being comfortable, or breaking the law, are all perfectly legitimate reasons to treat the exercise with caution, they shouldn’t be factors that lead anyone away from attempting a night in the wild.
The benefits of not having to book, locate, or indeed pay for accommodation, need no reiteration, but added to that is the incomparable feeling of waking up in the wild – be it in some far-flung foreign country or in a nearby woodland. It is an experience with a richness that would be lost on nobody, but such is the nervousness that surrounds the idea of sleeping out in the wild, it is also an experience that is only cherished by few.
So, at the end of a long day of riding, with legs that need resting and eyelids that need closing, it’s decided that the time has come to stop and find somewhere to sleep. But what happens then?
Lee Vilinsky, Apidura staff member
Ryan Correy, Apidura ambassador and wild camping enthusiast
Josh Cunningham, Apidura staff member