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Sleep well in the open air. That is the goal of this bivouac course with experienced outdoor specialists.

After a hike of almost 1 hour, we reach our campsite in an open, beautiful forest with diverse vegetation in eastern Switzerland at approx. 600 meters above sea level. In a quiet atmosphere you will learn the most important elements of bivouacing and experienced outdoor experts will help you create your own personal sleeping place.

As soon as the surroundings are known and the individual bivouacs are ready, we start building the fire and preparing dinner. Together we will try out some menus and show you how you can cook simply but well outdoors and on an open fire.

Life in the forest will delight you, because the atmosphere can hardly be more natural. With the chirping of birds, the rustling of the leaves and the wind in the treetops, you experience the forest with all your senses.

Packing list / Contents / GENERAL Questions

Packing list
  • Tarp or tarp including a few meters of good cord or cord. If you do not have such material, you can report it to us. We will then take a tarp for you
  • Warm sleeping bag that corresponds to the expected temperatures
  • Mätteli, at best with a small base
  • Dinnerware and cutlery
  • Drinking bottle
  • Hiking shoes and sensible outdoor clothing for day and night
  • Toiletries, small cloth, toilet paper, mosquito/tick repellent
  • Pocket knife, lighter
  • Headlamp
  • Food: Before the course, we tell each participant what they need to bring with them so that we all contribute something for food
  • Hike from the meeting point to the bivouac site max. 1 hour.
  • Create your own bivouac
  • Cooking on the fire
  • Moving in the forest
  • Simple animal and plant science
  • Enjoy and relax

Where does the course take place?
The course is in eastern Switzerland at approx. 450 - 750 m above sea level. take place. Depending on the weather and the number of people, we will then decide at short notice on the exact meeting point.

Can I travel by public transport?
Of course very happy. Contact us and we will pick you up at a train station or bus stop nearby.

How cold does it get at night?
The best way to find out the current temperatures is at Meteoschweiz.ch or similar web services. The temperatures can vary greatly, especially in autumn and spring, so the current information directly before the course is the most accurate information.

Is my bivouac waterproof?
Depending on what construction materials are available, you can assume it is almost waterproof. If it rains, we recommend having a tarp or sheet ready.

Is there also vegetarian or vegan food?
Yes, there is. Of course, we can't fulfill everyone's dietary needs. If you have allergies or want to pay special attention to something, it is best to take your own food with you.

How do I go to the toilet?
We will build an outdoor toilet with privacy that we can use during our time in the forest.

Are there animals in the surrounding area?
We hope so! But we certainly won't be surprised by larger or even more dangerous animals.

What happens in medical emergencies?
We are always on an active mobile network and a vehicle is available nearby. So help could be requested very quickly or we can move the person out of the forest relatively quickly.

Can children also take part?
Yes of course, children can participate under the care and responsibility of an adult.

Can I take the dog with me?
Yes very much.

Basic questions before building the bivouac
  • Can I bivouac on this ground?
  • What temperatures should I expect at night?
  • Will there be rain or will it stay dry?
  • Are there animals in the immediate area?
  • Are there critical terrain chambers? (Rocks, danger of slipping, water, trees that threaten to fall, etc.)
  • Is the place protected from the wind?
  • What kind of one do I have?
  • What material is available to me?
  • Where is my fire?

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