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