Even on a small scale, or in this case on small wheels, you can experience beautiful things. Especially now, when the possibilities are limited, one wants to get out there and explore the visinity. Microadventures are the order of the day. Heading out spontaneously with limited luggage and preparation. And when it's time to sleep or a nice place to stay turns up, just set up your bivouac. Photographer Norbert Blank and his partner spent five days on the road with the perfect lightweight gear ...
Bikes and minimal equipment packed without frills and off we went: "We were on the road for five days by bike, beautiful scenery, nights under the open sky, mostly self-catering, pure nature, culture and experience!
Your things have to be packed watertight, otherwise it could get uncomfortable:
> CLOUDBURST 25 - waterproof single-chamber backpack with roll closure, can be packed small when not in use and has an impressively low weight. Can be used anytime and anywhere.
> FOLD DRYBAG 15 - Havy Duty bags with Dasy Chains on the sides for countless fastening options, obviously waterproof. The flat valve allows the Endura Fold Drybags to shrink when needed. (Also available as 5, 25, 50 litre version).
> WHITEOUT 30 - made of Dyneema® composite fabric. Originally developed as an alpine backpack, but because it is extremely tear- and abrasion-resistant and waterproof, it is also perfect for other activities.
A SLEEPING SPOT ON AN OPEN FIELD - DOESN'T BOTHER ANYONE IF IT'S JUST FOR THE NIGHT
> BIVYBAG 100% VENTAIR - waterproof, breathable, light, small packable. The perfect solution for A bivouac!
> COVER PRO - protects against moisture and wind, highly breathable and light, packs small. Ideal for rainless nights under the open sky, under a tarp or in a snow cave.
> SYNMAT HL WINTER - the world's lightest mat for its warmth and comfort! And it can be packed extremely small! (430 g / R-Value 5.2 / -20°C)
> DOWNMAT HL WINTER - extremely warm due to its fine down insulation. They can also be packed extremely small and are even suitable for deep winter! (480 g / R-Value 7.1 / -33°C!)
> DOWN PILLOW - the gorgeously soft down air pillow, like home away from home
> ULTRALITE -5C - in terms of material and construction trimmed for lightness and minimal packing volume
do YOU PREFER A ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD?
> TARP III - the lightweight roof over your head and close to nature. Thanks to many anchoring points, this tarp offers a lot of variations in your bivouac setup.
IT DOES NOT ALWAYS HAVE TO BE THAT LOW IN CALORIES - THE MAIN THING IS THAT IT TASTES GOOD!
Have fun on your next microadventure just around the corner!
Pictures: Exped Ambassador, kayak tour operator, photographer and - usually - world traveller Norbert Blank (http://www.bilder-botschaften.de/)