[Cdt-l] NM Water

bcss at bresnan.net bcss at bresnan.net
Fri Dec 30 12:10:18 CST 2011

I totally agree with Travis.  The doomsday scenario painted by many about
the NM water situation is inaccurate.  You do need to plan a bit and fill
whenever you can.  We found most of the water in NM to be good, tasty stuff.

I carry a clunky MSR water filter as a luxury, actually.  I think one of the
wonderful things about backpacking is the water and I find the taste of
chemical treatments objectionable. It certainly makes more sense from  an
ultralight point of view to use AquaMira than to carry a filter.  

I really enjoyed the time I spent in New Mexico. It is truly unique.     

best wishes,

Jerry Brown (bearcreek)

-----Original Message-----
From: cdt-l-bounces at backcountry.net [mailto:cdt-l-bounces at backcountry.net]
On Behalf Of Travis Naibert
Sent: Friday, December 30, 2011 10:51 AM
To: cdt-l at backcountry.net
Subject: [Cdt-l] NM Water

Last year, 2011, was a very dry year in NM. From my experience if you are
willing to go up to 25 miles between water sources, which most thru-hikers
are willing and able to do, it is not a problem in NM to get good, clean
water even in the dry years. I carried Aqua Mira, as did one of my hiking
partners. My other hiking partner carried a small filter that screwed on to
a liter pop bottle. We had a friend who carried a Steri-pen. I treated all
water that came into contact with cows (standing water in
tanks/pools/streams, and didn't bother to treat anything coming out of a
windmill pipe, or spring pipe. My hiking partners did the same. The filter
was rarely used, as it took longer than chemical treatment and wasn't
necessary, there was almost no silt in any of our water sources. The bandana
trick would have worked for the few sources that we did get with the filter.
The only problems on the CDT for NM water are for weekend and short section
hikers where people aren't going far enough each day and therefore are
forced to use cattle infested mud-ponds for water, not an issue for anyone
going 20+ miles a day.

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