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Hiking Tip: Collecting Water

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Have you ever needed to fill your water container only to find there wasn’t enough clearance for you to get the opening of your container under the flow?  When water levels are low the flow doesn’t always shoot out far enough to catch the water, it rolls around the contour of the rock making it nearly impossible to fill a bottle or bladder. Altering the flow is an easy fix by using the windscreen from your cook kit to form a spout; or anything flat that won’t absorb water will work, even a broad leaf.

-submitted by JJ Mathes, Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador

6 Responses to Hiking Tip: Collecting Water

  1. Amanda January 15, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    Excellent tip/trick and I would never have thought of using a leaf.

  2. Reggie January 17, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    Primitive tool making at it’s best.

  3. mossy mom October 29, 2012 at 11:46 pm #

    Nice! I can use my stove wind screen for this… or a leaf.

  4. somesortoftimemachine February 14, 2015 at 6:53 pm #

    Rhododendron leaves are ubiquitous and can roll right into the small mouth of say a smart water bottle

  5. Moondoggie February 22, 2015 at 9:43 pm #

    Why not use an old moonshining trick? Use a small stick to channel the water. The water will follow the stick out to the end and then drop. Maybe not the fastest way to fill a container, though. I carry a plastic straw, cut down to 2/3 length, which has multiple uses.

  6. Bear February 26, 2015 at 12:22 am #

    Smart, smart trick. This’ll help folks along the CDT, especially in New Mexico.

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