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Thanks for the feedback!If I do decide to haul in my own water, the book I'm reading says you need one gallon per day. That seems like a lot and I wonder if it is excessive, given that I won't be out in the exposed desert. People's thoughts?
What about water in the Chisos? Do I need to bring all my water with me (ugh...3 days is a lot of water to haul). It sounds like from the most recent report (2/9/18) that the pipe at Boot Springs was not flowing but there were some pools in Boot Canyon. Can I expect these to be dry too by April?
Quote from: cmcg on February 25, 2018, 07:06:59 PMThanks for the feedback!If I do decide to haul in my own water, the book I'm reading says you need one gallon per day. That seems like a lot and I wonder if it is excessive, given that I won't be out in the exposed desert. People's thoughts?A gallon per day is an excellent rule-of-thumb. And I guarantee you'll always WANT at least a gallon per day if you have it available. On the other hand, you may not NEED a gallon per day. Water is so extraordinarily heavy and cumbersome that anytime you consider carrying a great deal of it, you should ask yourself a few questions first: 1. How many days are you going to be out? Consider that you can super-hydrate before hitting the trail on your first, and then again when you exit the wilderness on your last day. Often those first and last trail days are short ones, too. Surely you won't be making breakfast on that first day, or dinner on that last day, so no water needed for those. On trips of 2-3 days, outside the warmer months, you probably don't need to drink more than two liters per day to avoid serious dehydration. Then it's just a question of weighing the discomfort of thirst against the discomfort of carrying waterweight in your pack and deciding what works for you. In your case, I'd say you're right on the bubble: a four-day trip, but if you're up in the Chisos, your days won't be nearly as hot or exposed as they would be in the desert. You could probably get by with only drinking 2 liters per day, though you may find yourself uncomfortably thirsty from time to time. On the other hand, you always have some chance of finding some kind of unexpected water somewhere along Boot Canyon (again: check the reports on here after Spring Break).2. How much water do you need for purposes other than drinking? You may (or may not) need water to cook with. If you do cook, how often: one meal, two meals, three meals per day? And, if you don't cook your food, you'll need to consume a little more water than you think, in order to help your body digest and process those uncooked foods. Do you make yourself coffee or tea? If so, you'll need to factor in water for that. But remember, caffeinated drinks are diuretics and may cause you to pee out more fluids than you might otherwise. If you need caffeine, there may be other, lighter ways to bring it with you. Lastly, do you require water for hygiene purposes like dish-washing, hand-washing, tooth-brushing, bathing/rinsing other body parts? If I have to carry painful loads of water, then my hygiene is put on hold or handled in other ways. So figure out all those extras and add them to your daily drinking water to come up with a daily total for water needs. 3. What is your day-to-day itinerary? If you're going to be moving camp a lot, then humping a lot of water around is going to get old, fast. But if you're planning on making camp up high the first night and staying put for a couple days, then you just have to survive the climb up into the Chisos and you're set. If you're mentally and physically up for it, then you can load up with all the water you want and bull your way through that first day. Once you've hauled your water up to the camp, you're done. After that, you can dayhike with only the water you need for each hike. And if you do want to move to a second or third camp, try to plan your trip so that the moves happen toward the latter or final part of the trip when your total water stores will be at their lowest and lightest and easiest to carry. The best trip plans take advantage of the day-to-day fluctuations in water needs and water weights.I'm guessing that the burden and discomfort of excess pack weight ends or ruins more Big Bend backpacking attempts than any other cause. And water is the heaviest thing you'll carry. So plan your water needs carefully, be brutally realistic, and take as much or as little as you think YOU need to be happy.
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