I'm considering paddling the Green River in September for those who have paddled it, what was your solution for drinking water?
Did you carry all you needed? Filter? Boil? Some combination, e.g. carry drinking water, boil for cooking and other camp needs? I've read a few people that in some places the salt content is high and filtering doesn't get it out.
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On the Rio Grande |
Posted by: mississippi_dan on May-08-14 10:02 PM (EST)
We carried drinking water and used treated river water for camp use. Treat by sprinkling a little alum on the surface of a five gallon bucket of muddy water. Allow to settle overnight, then siphon off the clear water. Use Aquamira or other chemical treatment to purify.
On the Dolores, which cuts through salt|
Posted by: ezwater on May-08-14 11:35 PM (EST)
domes, I carried water for three days in the form of bottled water bought at Walmart, and carried in mesh bags tied down in the boat. I have a platypus bag, but there was enough gear in the boat that the platypus offered no advantage. As I emptied water bottles, I put the empties back in the mesh bags as flotation. I was paddling solo, no support rafts or sharing of load.
Posted by: davbart on May-09-14 8:35 AM (EST)
I think carry drinking water, and treat for camp use looks the best way. Saves some weight while meeting the required water.
small amount of bleach in river water |
Posted by: alpalmer on May-09-14 8:56 AM (EST)
purifies for use as wash water
Posted by: paddletothesea on May-09-14 7:05 PM (EST)
We carried all water... two- 5 gallon jugs.
Carried drinking water |
Posted by: puffingin on May-10-14 10:22 AM (EST)
We carried all of our drinking water for trip down Labyrinth Canyon. Some was in 5-gal carboys and some was frozen in 2 Qt. plastic bottles (rectangular ones like cranberry juice comes in) as ice in the cooler and used for drinking as it melted.
Posted by: BandannaDan on May-10-14 8:09 PM (EST)
We have a friend who works with municipal water treatment plants. On our last trip on the Green, he gave us a small bottle of something called AQ-101. Mix 6-8 drops per gallon, stir for 10 min, let settle for 20 min. It was pretty amazing, we mixed it in a 5 gal pail and in a half hour we had crystal clear water. We then used Aqua Mira in it.
Posted by: ppine on May-11-14 12:26 PM (EST)
I paddled the Green 20 years ago and we filtered all of our water. I don't like to carry a lot of drinking water because of the weight. We used some containers to settle out the sediment, a prefilter, and then a cleanable pump filter. Drinking water with some fine particles in it for a few days will not hurt you at all. The total dissolved solids are largely clay particles that readily bind to everything you eat and pass through readily.
Posted by: markmorrall on May-13-14 10:00 AM (EST)
Posted by: davbart on May-14-14 8:57 AM (EST)
Just got off the Green|
Posted by: kayamedic on May-17-14 9:45 AM (EST)
My second trip. Its much different in September when there is lower water. Last week it ran from 6000 to 12000 cfs.
I'm going to need a bigger boat|
Posted by: davbart on May-21-14 4:17 PM (EST)
My Magic with gear and freshwater maybe too small.