SDW walk, Bivi and One Tigris Winter Under Quilt
The scream jolted me awake. It was close. The bird could have been perching at the end of my hammock. In the distance, I could hear the timorous, call response of a female Tawny Owl. It may have been a couple of days before Halloween, but it was certainly very spooky.
It was 2 am. And I was now very awake. And very warm. This was the second outing for my One Tigris Winter Under-quilt and it was certainly doing its job. I unzipped my three-season sleeping bag and luxuriated in the wraparound comfort of the quilt.
When my winter under quilt arrived, I looked at it with some disbelief. How could something so light and compact keep me warm through a British winter? The total weight was 1.19kg. and yet it was supposed to keep me warm, or at least alive, down to almost -12C.
The quilt is filled with is 850g of SEE® Polyester and the outer is made of Windproof Rip stop Nylon with a DWR coating. As with most One Tigris products, the design is deceptively simple, and the full-length quilt is attached to each end of the hammock with a couple of mini carabineers. It takes seconds to set up.
My first test I discounted, as it had been unseasonably warm, but this time I was incredibly impressed. My seven-year-old son and I were in adjacent hammocks underneath my One Tigris Camo Waterproof Tarp, which I have now used many times and still think is the best tarp for hammocking.
I had brought the Craggers group to this spooky wood to practice some bushcraft skills. On the walk in, we discovered that even at this time of year there is still an abundance of wild food to be had – if you know what to look for. We sampled the heads of new growth cleavers, chickweed, shepherds purse, hawthorn berries and the fresh, nutty, taste of scrunched up nettle tips.
After setting up camp we made bows and arrows, Swiss arrows and atlatls. The following morning, we made baskets from clematis before setting off to walk to Ditchling Beacon.