Water in the desert
May 30, 2016 at 11:26 pm #3405943Bob ShuffBPL Member
Thanks for posting your response. I remember drinking a lot (I thought) on this trek, but also had the mild headache you mention. It’s a constant battle in the desert to stay hydrated, and distributing other gear so everyone has their water is a great idea. We’ve moved on from desert to local mountain treks this time of year, but even then, it can’t be over-stressed. Shelter first, and water second.May 31, 2016 at 6:49 am #3405961Jerry AdamsBPL Member
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
I agree with Tom – 1.5 gallons for 24 hours if it’s really hot. And if you have kids that do crazy things and might spill some water or something.
1 gallon is okay for normal conditions
What did you guys Drink Bob?May 31, 2016 at 10:13 am #3406018Bob ShuffBPL Member
We had a non-backpacking adult with a 4×4 along, so she took a lot of extra water ahead to camp. Her husband and scout carried very little. Other scouts carried 5 quarts and drank as much as they could from a 6th quart before we left the car. Temps were not high (low 80s), but the sun was relentless.
Once we got to camp the cook water came from the car, so it’s hard to say how much the scouts would have needed to carry. They made pasta and did not conserve that water, which we wouldn’t have done if it was a water limited backpack.
Personally, I think I drank at least a 4-5 quarts in the 24 hours or so on the trail, and I probably should have drank more.
It was a fun trip. I heard a guy talk recently about hiking the JMT, and I asked him how much water he carried. He said typically one liter, but sometimes two if he wasn’t camping near a stream. That blows me away being San Diego based, where it’s almost always a dry camp.
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