Given the return of winter and desire to activate summits that qualify for the seasonal bonus whilst staying comfortable, the SOTA community is obtaining Bothy bags.
The intent is to provide quick shelter to keep equipment and activators out of the weather whilst operating. My SOTA activations in this weather are usually quick with the intent of more than one summit a day in order to get the points, so a bothy bag is ideal instead of the weight and time required for a small tent.
I purchased the Mountain Leaders 2-3 man Bothy Bag from eBay and it took 13 days for delivery to Lal Lal. Turned up the Monday after VK3/VT-010 Talbot Peak walk.
It is high visibility orange It is really compact and lightweight
It has some PVC clear windows and a breathing hole with an integrated draw cord.
Packed size/weight – 340g and 10cm x 22cm in it’s stuff sack, so very small and light.
Deployment – pull it out of the stuff shack, shake it out and get in it from underneath. It will still be a challenge in a windy location however worked fine in my lounge room.
Accommodation – once inside, pull the draw strings to close up the base. A couple of small plastic windows. With one person in there, plenty of room for radios and pack.
Packing – release the draw strings and fold it back up whilst watching the windows.
Bothy in use in VK3/VE022
Will be interested to see how the different units in use fare after a couple of activations.