Talk:Bivouac shelter

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I don't know anything about disabiguation etc. but there is definately a problem here. This meaning of the word bivouac is exactly how I learnt it in the Scouts when I was young- a shelter made of natural materials. However, if you look it up in Chambers Dictionary and Collins Dictionary it only says that a bivouac is an open air camp area, something not listed at all here. Can somebody get to the bottom of this please? IceDragon64 19:44, 9 July 2007 (UTC)

does anyone know the etymology of the word bivouac? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:45, 9 September 2007 (UTC)

I believe the German word cited in the article should be bewacht and not "biwacht". Ndsci (talk) 14:31, 29 July 2008 (UTC)

In mountaineering parlance, the term "bivouac" refers to spending the night in improvised, unimproved camping conditions, whether or not a bivouac sack or bivouac shelter are used. It is either a noun or a verb. It can be an unplanned night in the open, or a planned stay at a very minimal, rugged, or vertical campsite. Jim Heaphy (talk) 03:51, 24 January 2010 (UTC)

Merger discussion[edit]

Formal request has been received to merge: Bivouac sack into Bivouac shelter; dated: May 22, 2017. Proposer's Rationale: The subject is the same; a sack may be a shelter. The shelter may be a sack... Recommend that a single article contain all the relevant information under Bivouac Shelter. @LordHarris:. Discuss here. GenQuest "Talk to Me" 16:25, 22 May 2017 (UTC)

Merge has been carried out as no opposition raised. LordHarris 10:47, 2 June 2017 (UTC)


The photos are all very poor. Looking at them one would assume that a bivouac is nothing more than a sleeping bag. All the photos should be replaced. 2602:63:C298:6800:6135:38E2:ED78:A756 (talk) 17:18, 29 July 2018 (UTC)