Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Wilderness Water Sources - Mountain Streams and Waterfalls

Pecos Wilderness - Mountain Stream

Mountain streams are always a good source of water in a survival situation. After finding or making a decent shelter, finding water should always be your next priority. You will get thirsty a lot sooner than you will get hungry. It's also a good idea to find fast moving streams and avoid ponds or pools where the water may be stagnant or possibly contain harmful bacteria. Always filter and purify your water if you are not absolutely certain about its quality.

Slate Falls in Pecos Wilderness Area

If you are lucky enough to find a small waterfall, it will afford you the opportunity to take a natural shower. Be advised that it will probably be a cold one!

Got wilderness water sources?

Staying above the water line!



Ken said...

...nice...seasonal flows ? or year round ?...

riverwalker said...

To: Ken

They flow year round but running a little more than normal due to the snow melt. A recent snow had them flowing above normal levels.

Thanks Ken

Anonymous said...

When I was a kid (60 years ago) I lived back East in a medium sized city. I would often drink from a small urban stream near my house. It flowed from a small lake that was heavily used for swimming and fishing. I can remember laying down to take a drink and watching baby fish within a foot or so from my mouth as I drank. How I did not get sick or worse is a mystery.

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 10:34

I think we've all done things in our younger days that weren't very safe...many young ones still think they're invulnerable!

Lucky that some of us are still around...myself included.

Thanks anon.


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