It’s nothing new. It’s wasn’t just added to the dictionary and just because it’s on Urbandictionary.com doesn’t mean that the word is purely slang. The word bivouac has been around for decades! Wikipedia defines it as, “A bivouac shelter is any of a variety of improvised camp sites such as those used in scouting and mountain climbing.” Chances are many of you reading this have bivouac’ed before. Most people who doing backcountry-backpacking trips bivouac along their route.
Now that we know what the word means and how to pronounce it let me tell you a little more about Bivouac! It started with a camping trip in Big Bear, California. Actually… it started with a snowboarding trip to Big Bear and, to save money, the camping trip was a side affect of the snowboarding trip.
We usually drive up to Big Bear and camp in the backcountry during snowboarding season on a Friday and then wake up and board all day on Saturday. I checked the forecast and it called for a warm 9 degrees Fahrenheit so we packed the truck up and headed north into the San Bernardino National Forest. We found our backcountry campground, pitched our tent, unrolled our cold weather sleeping bags, and tried to go to sleep.
Tried, being the key word here because I literally didn’t go to sleep that night at all. It could have been because the temperature was actually -11 instead of 9 like the forecast called for and as I lay there in the snow, freezing, I began to think about how much I loved the outdoors. I was still in college at UC San Diego and the concept of working in corporate America didn’t have me to enthused about graduation. From there my thoughts began to think of possibilities for my future and before you know it, an outdoor clothing and gear company popped into my head.
Over the next few months ideas after ideas were brought to my attention. These ideas, sooner or later, turned (or will turn) into products and what was born was the concept of Bivouac! Perhaps you’ve noticed, maybe not, but Bivouac doesn’t have a “pro team” we have a group of educators. I found this necessary, as other companies have professionally sponsored athletes. I didn’t want to have just another professional athlete. I wanted and expect MORE from people who represent Bivouac. Their job isn’t to just climb the biggest peak, set the next record, or Mt. Bike down the steepest ledge.
Their job is to continually educate people on the sport in which they have perfected and represent. Our Educators are real people. People YOU can contact and ask questions to! Just getting into mountain biking? Drop Andrew our Educator an email with your questions! Thinking about doing some lobster diving, climbing, or a cross-country motorcycle trip? Send Jeff an email about details and planning routes! Want to know where the best routes are outside of Moab? It’s not hard to send Ben a message asking for the Beta! Want to know all about Joshua Tree or canyoneering? Laura has you covered!
Our Educators are more than just athletes that represent a sport. They ARE the sport and they want to educate the future participants of the sport! Bivouac is small now but as my Papa use to say, a wise man builds his house on the rock and a foolish man builds his house on the sand. We’re starting out small, building our foundation on the rock, but we plan on growing into an amazing mansion! Thanks for all the support and let us know what you think! Don’t be shy because everybody knows that we aren’t and check us out on facebook!