Hiking: Thinking H20 while saving your dough


Got Water?

When I go hiking, no matter where I go I have to make sure that I have enough water. You can purchase trail maps that will show you exactly where you can find water when you were going out for an excursion. Depending on how accessible water is, you want to make sure that you either pack enough water to be able to sustain you… And then some. Or, you have a portable filtration system. I don’t take it on local trips to Moss Park, but when I know I am going to be out in the back-country for a while, it’s a must-have item.

I personally use the Vario water filtration system and have for years when I have gone hiking in wilderness among trees and rivers.

The system is comprised out of a manual pump, a ceramic disc with very small holes, a carbon filter, and then a regular filter. I find it does a great job. The one thing that I recently discovered is that when you get back from a trip you want to make sure to take everything apart so that I can dry well.

You will also want to make sure that everything is clean before you go on your trip. Most of the time you can actually clean the first part of the water filtration system which is the ceramic disc by taking it out and using a simple green scrub sponge on it.

Once it is no longer Brown, you’re good to go. I’ll never forget the first time that I took it with me on a trip. I really wondered if it was going to filter the water sufficiently.

I was actually kind of scared because I thought… Could you imagine if I got sick out here? No one would be able to come to my rescue if I didn’t see anyone. At that time I was hiking alone and was away from a lot of the normal hikers and population of the area.  I’ll never forget I packed up as many water reserves as I could. After hiking for several hours I found that I was very thirsty.

Alas the last drop… Okay, I remember thinking. I have to go ahead and start filtering some water here. That is exactly what I did, I climb down to the stream below. Dropped the suction ball into the water and began to pump the water into my container.

I remember taking the first step and thinking, wow that didn’t taste so bad. It seems fine, it smells fine, I hope I’ll be okay. The truth was I was more than okay. Somehow I realized that the concept of bottled water is really wrecked us in our world today. We become so (pardon my expression) girly about the water we drink.

I remember watching a TV show where they told guess that they were going to let them taste water from different parts the world.

They brought in bottles from different companies that are located in really exotic areas and filled them with the tap water from the hose behind the restaurant.

Yeah, you guessed it. The water was all the same. But the reaction of the people had was completely different. The recordings of people talking about how one had a sweetness to it and, the other had a taste of walnuts and so on was fascinating.

It really goes to show how much the human mind wanders in its thoughts about different subjects. The belief level of everyone was that these were imported from all over the world. The truth was they were from the spigot back behind the building.

Pretty funny right?

I remember after my first hiking trip where I filtered my own water for several days I realized that my relationship with water changed completely.

That trip really made me feel a part of the earth. And water, is a big part of that.

It’s funny what we take for granted isn’t it.