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STOIC POETRY | REVIEW | Outdoor Research Helium Bivy | Camping alone in California's Mojave Desert

Updated: Sep 4, 2021

Open desert mid-adventure review of my Outdoor Research Helium Bivy. I've had this Bivy for a few years now and it's become my go-to shelter for solitary desert exploration. The OR Helium Bivy is lightweight, small and easy to stow. It's also quite easy to assemble...even in a fierce desert windstorm. But best of all, the Helium Bivy is very comfortable, especially when paired with a nice quality air mattress.

I have not yet had an opportunity to try the Bivy out in the rain - which should be no surprise since I only adventure in the desert - though I suspect I'd feel quite cozy zipped up in my snug little shelter. The only drawback to using this - or any other bivy for that matter - is that I can't bring my backpack and boots in with me, and thus must check for scorpions, tarantula and rattlesnakes in my gear at dawn each day. But altogether, the Outdoor Research Helium Bivy gets five out of five stars from me. I love it!


My name is Kurt Bell.

You can learn more about The Good Life in my book Going Alone.

Be safe... But not too safe.

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