170-Finding water on a hike

Show notes

At home we tend to take the availability of water for granted, we walk to the tap, the fridge, or if we are out and about the store, and drink as we need. When we are hiking, particularly in remote areas the availability of water becomes a more complex issue. For short hikes we may just carry a water bottle or we may wait until we get back to the car or trailhead to rehydrate. For overnight hikes we can often carry what we need. The problem arises when we start to do multi-day hikes and it becomes impossible to carry all the water we need for multiple days because of the weight and the bulk. It’s at this stage we need to top up on water as we walk. This requires us to know how to find water which may not always be easy. In this episode we discuss hydration as hikers and then look at sourcing water when we are out hiking.

Podcast Overview

  • Introduction
  • What is appropriate hydration (time index 0:01:42)
    • Dehydration
    • Over-Hydration
  • How much water should you drink? (time index 0:08:12)
  • Finding water on the trail (time index 0:10:15)
    • All water is not created equal
    • Built infrastructure (time index 0:12:59)
    • Natural water sources (time index 0:14:47)
      • Information is key
      • Key points (time index 0:23:15)
      • Caching (time index 0:28:38)
  • Final thoughts (time index 0:32:02)
      • Approximately distance
      • National Parks

Close (time index 0:33:58)

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