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Old 11-24-2012, 02:35 AM   #1
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not along with all the rest of the needed stuff, and you can't function worth a hoot, if you are pushing hard, after 1 day without water. Water weighs 8 lbs per gallon, and you can need as much as 2 gallons a day, if you are really moving with a pack. So all that's feasible is 3-4 qts, and you have to find more, every day. Fortunately, that is normally not that hard to do.
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:39 PM   #2
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I don't know what the military carries now, but when I was in, about 35yrs ago, our pack weighed around 85lbs, that includes 6qts of water, we also carried 2qts on our web belts, that's 8qts total, plus weapon and ammo, but we didn't have the bullet resistant/proof vest they have today, we didn't wear a vest.
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You could purchase a good water filter which will only weigh in at around 1# then you need just enough water to prepare your food with and drink for just that day until you can reach water to be purified . I have a MSR Mini works EX , Here is the specs on it ,


Ceramic/carbon Marathon™ EX element effectively removes bacteria and protozoa including giardia and cryptosporidia
Also removes unpleasant tastes and odors caused by organic compounds, such as iodine, chlorine and pesticides
Filter can be cleaned over and over for maximum field life with no tools required
AirSpring Accumulator™ increases filtration speed up to 1 liter per min.
Bottom screws onto an MSR Dromedary® Bag or Nalgene® water bottle for easy operation (both sold separately)
Easy disassembly lets you troubleshoot and maintain the MSR MiniWorks EX filter in the field

Weight reported dry, without accessories 1 lb.
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I carried two quart canteens on my belt. A collapsible 2 quart in my pack. A three liter camelbak, and usually 6-10 liter bottles in my pack.

What's a gallon? 3.8 liters or something like that?

So, I was carrying approximately 4 gallons at any given time, give or take. Hopefully. In Afghanistan. In the summer (125 degrees or so). And covered over 400 kilometers of mountain terrain in 4 months.

I had resupply though. But there were still occasions I has to filter water.
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...So, I was carrying approximately 4 gallons at any given time, give or take. Hopefully. In Afghanistan. In the summer (125 degrees or so). And covered over 400 kilometers of mountain terrain in 4 months...
No, no, that can't be done. Bonny said so. Your operational radius is only as long as the distance to/from the nearest DQ. She knows!
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I kayaked a river for 7 days. Carried 3 gallons, purified 2 liters, then found a spring. I throw a gallon jug in the backpack when hunting, it all depends on what you're doing. You can't make broad generalities.
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Im in the southern part of the panhandle of Texas. Almost desert conditions. Pills and filters wont do you much good around here. We never walk more than a few miles from the truck but still make sure everyone has at least a gallon of water each during the summer.
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Im in the southern part of the panhandle of Texas. Almost desert conditions. Pills and filters wont do you much good around here. We never walk more than a few miles from the truck but still make sure everyone has at least a gallon of water each during the summer.
Ooo, Bonny's MAXIMUM carry limit -- u Texas folk are hard core but glad you're listening to her.
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No, no, that can't be done. Bonny said so. Your operational radius is only as long as the distance to/from the nearest DQ. She knows!
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Ooo, Bonny's MAXIMUM carry limit -- u Texas folk are hard core but glad you're listening to her.
No need to be inflammatory.
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