globreal wrote:The cure for Frozen water?
Hike with ACERguy007. He packs his MSR Reactor stove in winter!
On our climb to Bull Hill, he just boiled some water to thaw out Otina's tube. Thanks Ryan!
thats the ticket, although I have a Jetboil. Also probably the best thing you can bring for survival if benighted. Don't tell me they don't work when it's zero degrees because they do.
Haha. You're welcome Britt.
Addressing the OP, I will not use Camelbaks or similar drinking devices because as others have pointed out already, they are too prone to freezing. The tube, even the insulated ones will
freeze. Took me two climbs, both in February to learn my lesson. One left me without water for a few hours because the entire tube froze solid, and the other left me detaching my house and leaving it coiled against my bare chest under all my layers to keep it from freezing. I'd then hook it back up when I needed a drink. Wasn't practical, got my base layers wet, and the best part was when some residual water froze in the mouthpiece, I tried the same approach as Prick and just bit it. Worked well, except I then put several small holes in the mouthpiece/end of the tube. Now the hose was more of a icicle dispenser, and made drinking even more of an issue. All in all, not worth the hassle, and the risk in my opinion.
So now I use the following approach, and it's been bombproof:
I fill 3-4 Nalgenes with boiling water at the TH or at home in the morning before I leave. I leave one on the outside of my pack for initial water supply. Even in super cold temps, it stays liquid for a couple hours due to the heat. I then cover the other Nalgenes with my spare pair of Smartwool heavy mountaineering socks. The socks do double duty, which saves weight. I've found I can keep the Nalgenes warm for 5-6 hours on a very cold day. As Britt noted, I also carry my 1.5L MSR reactor stove with me year round. So if needed I will just get the stove out at the summit, and re-heat any of my water as needed, or sometimes if I've been drinking a ton, I will just melt a bunch of snow to refill my Nalgenes. I also like the stove from a safety point of view since it also gives me the ability to stay warm and have water if I somehow end up spending a night outside in winter.
Hopefully this helps a bit.
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