Battle-vest, Bedroll, Beach Camp

1980’s South African Assault vest used to carry our canvas bedroll and camp gear for an overnight beach camp

kev_battlevest-rocksWe recently had a fantastic trip involving a coastal scramble and a classic UK coastline beach camp. With 14,000 miles of coast around the otherwise tiny islands of the UK it is something not to forget about – either for camping, hiking coast paths, or practicing shoreline bushcraft and coastal survival techniques.

We were treated to a superb sunset across the water, a full moon rising above the camp, a couple of shooting stars and then a most awe-inspiring sunrise over the bay at low tide.

two canvas bedrolls - beach camp

Canvas bedrolls – beach camp

Not to mention the spectacle of a very high tidal range coming and going.
For safety of course we had checked the tide times carefully and planned the camp and trip around that, and it worked perfectly with high tide right up just a few feet from our bedrolls and camp fire around about 9pm, and back again in the morning after we were up and about.

Bedroll Beach Camp - Sunrise...

The South African Defence Force vintage 1980’s cordura “battle vest” (which we have now in stock HERE as part of our Recon Line up) worked perfectly to carry all the gear needed for an overnighter, with a wool blanket wrapped up inside the canvas bedroll and rigged to the back panel, and the huge range of pockets used to store and organise various bits of gear, food, clothing etc. It’s a fantastic piece of kit and apparently very highly respected in military & special forces circles – it’s been in use since the 80’s despite having been made back in the 1980’s during the SA ‘border war’.

The battle vest system means you can attach everything you need close to your centre of gravity, in comfort with the thick shoulder straps and adjustable tension straps, and it gives you great agility which was perfect for exploring a rocky coastline as on this occasion. The simplicity of our Adventurer canvas bedrolls worked perfectly to give a fantastic simple camp experience with a tiny footprint and minimal visibility or impact. Combined with a no-trace wild camping approach, meaning you leave the area exactly as found it, meant the very simplest and most enjoyable of camp experiences, just out there in nature able to enjoy the sheer beauty and awesomeness of our natural world.


Looking out over the South West coast


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A small driftwood fire for hot food & drinks

Moonrise... viewed from the bedroll

Moonrise… viewed from the bedroll

Opening up the bedroll to view the sunrise

Opening up the bedroll to view the sunrise

View from inside the canvas bedroll at sunrise

View from inside the canvas bedroll with the sun coming up

Wynnchester Canvas Bedroll - beach camp

Wynnchester Canvas Bedroll – perfect for a simple beach camp

Two canvas bedrolls for a minimalist low impact camp on a narrow strip of beach at high tide

Two canvas bedrolls for a minimalist low impact camp on a narrow strip of beach at high tide

Crusader Mugs on the fire

A morning cuppa on the way… using the awesome Crusader steel army cook mug

SADF Battle Vest - overnight camp gear & bedroll

beach camp - canvas bedrolls

Beach camp in the Adventurer canvas bedroll: CLICK for full size image