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The last two weeks in July

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Offline Bo_dynasty

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Re: The last two weeks in July
« Reply #45 on: July 22, 2019, 02:11:19 PM »
Thanks for all the guidance here I had a great trip! Pounded 1L at the Basin, carried 5L (3L camelback + 2L platypus) and a 20oz Gatorade up Pinnacles/Boot Canyon/Colima/SWRim to SE4. Plenty of water in Boot Spring (i'll do a water report with pics). Started back down NE Rim/Boot Canyon/Pinnacles with 2.5L and half a gatorade, snagged 1L out of Boot Spring and finished up at Basin with 1.5L.

Pine Canyon Trail, and the drive out there, was awesome! Big black bear up in the trees...

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Offline PacingTheCage

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Re: The last two weeks in July
« Reply #46 on: July 22, 2019, 02:45:22 PM »
Thanks for the report and glad you enjoyed your trip!


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Re: The last two weeks in July
« Reply #47 on: August 01, 2019, 02:53:52 PM »
100% don't recommend this but twice I've hiked up the Pinnacles (day trip) and ended up with no water when I got to the rim. The first time I screwed up and bought a BCG on the way out because I had forgotten to pack my Camelbak and it leaked all of my water out on the way up (my back was very cool and comfortable  ???  ) and the second time I laid my Camelbak down on the bite valve (unknowingly) and watered the cactus on the rim  ???  The first trip was the full 14 mile loop... that sucked. The second was just up the Pinnacles and back down. Both times, psychologically, I felt like the guy in the movies, crawling across the desert sands... in real life, I was thirsty but not about pass out. So... it's doable just not smart... but way better than humping 3 days worth of water up for an overnight.

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Offline steelfrog

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Re: The last two weeks in July
« Reply #48 on: August 01, 2019, 04:16:07 PM »
That exact thing happened to me in Yosemite about 10 years ago, with the bladder and the tube coming loose/leaking, and since then I haven't used a hydration pack once.  Always bottles, either Nalgene or the thin little 17oz water bottles.

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Re: The last two weeks in July
« Reply #49 on: August 01, 2019, 04:28:05 PM »
That exact thing happened to me in Yosemite about 10 years ago, with the bladder and the tube coming loose/leaking, and since then I haven't used a hydration pack once.  Always bottles, either Nalgene or the thin little 17oz water bottles.


100% agree. Mostly because of this forum but somewhat because I had back to back experiences with it - I don't single source my water anymore.

 


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