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Filtering Water ? (Read 276 times)
01/07/18 at 23:27:42

WaywardTraveler   Offline
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Grant, AL

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For those going unsupported solo, does anyone filter water for drinking rather than carrying a 2-3 day load from Kaw?  Always mindful of the 12-hour rule.

For hiking, I use a Katadyne Hiker Pro that will fill a Nalgen bottle from a mud hole. Seems like it would be ok to take a break and float while pumping a couple of bottles. I assume water is available somewhere.

If this isn’t practical, can I count on buying bottled water by the 12-pack at the check points?

Newbie, filled with so many questions.

Greg    Shocked
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Reply #1 - 01/08/18 at 07:59:33

Jaybee   Offline
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Knoxville, TN

Posts: 369
The advice from anyone who has tried to filter the river water is to never, never do it.

Boat # 3489
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Reply #2 - 01/08/18 at 15:16:54

Jon Marble   Offline
7X MR340 Veteran

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Jim is right, I thought I would use a filter the first year I did this race thing. The MO is just too muddy and your filter will clog in no time. There has historically been plenty of opportunity to refill water along the way.
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Reply #3 - 01/08/18 at 18:12:17

Borch   Offline
Future Participant

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Did I hear right that the Boy Scouts sell water at check points? If so, is it by the bottle or do they refill your containers?
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Reply #4 - 01/08/18 at 19:07:37

Notorious D.A.D.   Offline
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Wichita KS/Scottsdale AZ

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It's really not a big deal.  My first year I was unsupported solo and I was a little worried about water as well.  I started the race with 2 camelbacks and a couple of liters of gator aid and never ran out.

Pretty much every checkpoint and even some of the non-checkpoint ramps have food vendors set up and most have free water.  The free option is usually an igloo cooler set up to top off your containers, but some places have bottled water or gator aid for sale and I think that I had to buy ice once, but only because one of the checkpoints only had it in 10 lb bags. 

Also, it was really hot that year and by day two every time I saw a safety boat they slowed down long enough to ask if I was okay with water.  They would have hooked me up if I needed them, but I never did. 

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Reply #5 - 01/08/18 at 19:37:58

DeniseD   Offline
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4X Ground Crew Veteran
St. Louis

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Water is available at most check-points and non-checkpoints either free or for sale. Also most ground crews will have extra water and be happy to top you off. For sale will typically be single serve bottles. Free could be coolers as mentioned, or tap.
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Reply #6 - 01/08/18 at 20:13:46

bobber   Offline
4X MR340 Veteran

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Last year I bought a Zell Water Bottle on Amazon.$ 21.It will hold 64 oz.of water and ice for 24 hrs.I kept it for a reserve.I always had ice cold water...Best water cooler I found.Good luck.
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