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Old 05-18-2010, 01:30 PM
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Re: How much water do you take with you?

No water for 5 to 7 days! A gallon weighs 8 pounds. I'd plan on toting an extra 56 pounds of water if you plan on doing any walking at all.

If you drink unfiltered water from a creek or stream you risk getting guardia. This is anywhere you have animals short of going to Antartica. The symptoms are upset stomach and the runs which will dehydrate you.
Bring a filter.

Where are you backpacking that has no access to filterable water? At least by day 6 you'll be down to your last gallon. Don't get lost! Dehydration will kill you fairly quickly and is touted as being very painful from those who have almost died from it. I'd never think of backpacking in an area that has no water. That is an expedition and you need a pack animal like a camel. Even a camel has to drink. I can easily go through a 32 oz Camelback in 6 hours of hiking or mountain biking.
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Old 05-18-2010, 02:14 PM
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Re: How much water do you take with you?

I've had giardia, it sucks. Bring water, those people saying go without and drink from springs.... ask them after they had giardia, i got a host of problems from the medications and it didn't help my underlying stomach problems. Long story short, i missed nearly 8weeks of school.
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Old 05-19-2010, 04:27 AM
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Re: How much water do you take with you?

Oliveralan, was it the giardia or the meds or both that took you out for 8 weeks?
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Old 05-19-2010, 10:46 AM
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Re: How much water do you take with you?

I had/have an underlying illness that the giardia activated and i've had trouble with that for 5years now. The 8weeks was a mix of meds, giardia and my underlying condition. The doctors didn't know what the heck was going on and it was pretty bad. Morale of the story: don't get giardia.
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Re: How much water do you take with you?

Sorry to hear that, hope your doing better.
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Old 05-19-2010, 05:26 PM
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Re: How much water do you take with you?

Somewhat, the underlying condition never really settled back down. Don't take it personally but not really something I want to further discuss on the Internet where anyone can read it.

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Old 05-19-2010, 06:57 PM
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Re: How much water do you take with you?

I dont' backpack hunt but I used to work construction. ON hot days (90 ish degrees) I can easily drink 4 quarts during the work day. ON cool ones, 20 oz will almost cut it. just food for thought.

I think the military did a study in the 70's where they came up with desert conditions marching. 1qt per man per hour if memory serves.
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