By Brendan Leonard
A how-to booklet for climbers with info on scrambling talents, equipment, alpine dangers, and acclimation, released below the imprimatur of ""Backpacker"" magazine.
summary: A how-to e-book for climbers with info on scrambling abilities, equipment, alpine risks, and acclimation, released below the imprimatur of ""Backpacker"" magazine.
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Halogens (Iodine or Chlorine Dioxide) Iodine is a light, tried-and-true water treatment option. Most backcountry iodine users opt for small 1-inch-tall jars of tablets. The disadvantages of iodine are that it isn’t effective against cryptosporidium, doesn’t remove sediment from water, makes water taste like iodine, and requires waiting 30 minutes before drinking the water. Iodine is a great option to carry in case of emergency. Chlorine dioxide works in the same manner as iodine but is slightly more expensive.
Before you cross a stream, do you see where the trail picks up on the other side? When trails end at rock slabs or scree fields, don’t assume that they just keep heading in the direction you were walking. Look for cairns—stacks of rocks that indicate the direction of travel—to guide you to the route. If you don’t see cairns, look for other signs: Is there a worn section across the rock slab, or a line of rocks that looks more compacted than the rest of the scree? If you’re not paying attention, it’s easier than you might think to walk off the trail without even noticing.
You could fill one with electrolyte or energy drink mix and keep the other one or two bottles filled with just plain water. Inside your pack, water bottles rarely freeze; on a day when the temperature dips below freezing, hydration pack hoses can freeze solid. WATER TREATMENT During most single-day peak-bagging trips, most people will elect to carry all their drinking water instead of refilling water bottles from a stream or lake. But treating water can be a good strategy if you want to carry less weight in the mountains.