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Having been pinned down at 23,000 feet next to K2 for 3 days in a terrible snow storm, after the tent, sleeping bag and stove blew away, the only thing that saved us was a MULTI PERSON BIVI-SACK.
The Everest mess in 1996 could have been mostly avoided if people would have used common sense, and lacking that, would have had BIVI-SACKS for shelter. Certainly, the people at the South Col, standing for 1/2 the night in the worst snow storm would have all survived. Other higher up would have been in much better shape after the first night too. Sitting down exposed, they died.
Most mountaineers in Europe use two person BIVI SACKS as emergency shelter. When hiking or mountaineering anywhere in the world, including the NW, they will save lives. The sporting shops in Seattle sell ONE PERSON BIVI-SACKS, which completely miss the point and original idea of using such a device:
The one I recommend is 65" wide x 84" long, has a zipper at the bottom, two small zipped windows for cross ventilation and is made out of water tight sheeted nylon or ripstop, weighing less than 1.5 lbs. Forget breathable stuff like Gortex, you want it water and wind proof, light and cheap. It's about $99 This can provide shelter for 3 stretched out or 4-5 in a real emergency.
When hiking, people are told to carry 10 essentials, that, without much training, is useless. Most of the "tennis shoe hikers" or mushroom pickers wouldn't know which side of the map is up, or what to do with a compass, and making a fire in a snow storm? You must be kidding. But I have yet to find someone who doesn't know how to crawl into a BIVISACK.
You carry a tent for backpacking in Rainier and don't need a bivi bag? THINK AGAIN:
For more information and where to buy a bivi-sack, go to
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