Monday, November 5, 2007

purify water in the wilds tip

White birch bark can be easily peeled from the trunk and written on with pen, pencil or berry juice. A piece of charcoal or burnt wood can be used to write with.
If you have nothing else available, common household bleach can be used to purify water. Use about two drops per quart or liter of water - that's about 1/2 tablespoon for 5 gallons. Stir or shake and let it sit for thirty minutes or longer. Double the dosage for murky or questionable water.
If any of your damp clothes haven't dried by morning, wear them - unless it is too cold. They will dry quickly once you start hiking. This is generally safer than allowing damp clothes to accumulate in your pack.

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