Climbing - - THE APPROACH -

Wak­ing up on the side of a wall, cramped on a tiny ledge, or in your own back­yard is one of the best parts of climb­ing. We com­piled shots of a few of our read­ers’ fa­vorite bivy spots.

A 4’x8’ ledge, freez­ing temps, two Clif bars, and one wa­ter bot­tle for four climbers stuck on the Scenic Cruise in the Black Canyon of the Gun­ni­son, Colorado. I gave it three stars on Yelp. —TYLER CASEY

Sam Lien and Eric Bluemn bivied at the half­way point of the Tor­ment-Forbidden Tra­verse in the North Cas­cades on a warmish Au­gust week­end. —SAM LIEN

Daniel Jef­f­coach just feels lucky we found a ledge at all. Way up there and out there in Te­hip­ite Val­ley, Kings Canyon, Cal­i­for­nia. — BRIAN PRICE

—LEON BUCH­HOLZ Noth­ing bet­ter than sit­ting in front of your tent and watch­ing the sun set af­ter a long day climb­ing in the Alps.

—JON BANKS I’m not sure you can re­ally call it a bivy, but we called this bivy, at the base of Spear­head in Rocky Moun­tain Na­tional Park, Colorado, “the Mar­riott.”

—MOISES COLL Back in the du­vet-and-wool times of 1982 on Coll de Nou Fonts in the Cata­lan Pyre­nees.

—GREG TROUT­MAN The Jackie Tree­horn Bivy on Big Le­bowski in Zion Na­tional Park, Utah.

—BERND ZEUGSWETTER Bernd and Finn Zeugswetter wake up af­ter a rainy-night bivy un­der their back­yard oak.

El Cap casts quite the shadow, as seen from our bivy on Muir Wall. —ANNA KIRK­WOOD

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