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Old 09-09-19, 09:54 AM
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2 hikers missing for 5 days used a water-purifying straw to stay alive

2 hikers missing for 5 days used a water-purifying straw to stay alive

It says they had snow and fire, so they must have used the live saving straw to fend off a bear attack.
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Old 09-09-19, 10:13 AM
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Most water should be OK to drink unfiltered especially if needed for life.
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Old 09-09-19, 11:58 AM
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Or maybe the bear was thirsty and just wanted their straw?
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It would seem to me that IF you were going to go hiking in a 'wilderness' area that at the very least you would consider having a compass and a crude map of the surrounding area. I mean, I learned this in the scouts...just seems to make sense. Get lost, use the compass to find a road/town, etc.
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
It happens all the time. People tag along with a group. These people are oblivious... they meet on social media....then they just follow other people.
I read they were with a group and had a "little slip". To me it raises more questions than answers that this "little slip" led to them being completely out of earshot, or interest in finding from the other group, aside to say that they presumably reported them missing. Very curious situation, it seems.
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"And had a little bit of a slip going to the peak of Cucamonga Peak. We decided we wouldn't go back up the ice and snow, so we tried to descend through a valley. But that valley was more treacherous than we thought."

Makes no sense unless they were high.
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Originally Posted by Juan Foote View Post
It would seem to me that IF you were going to go hiking in a 'wilderness' area that at the very least you would consider having a compass and a crude map of the surrounding area. I mean, I learned this in the scouts...just seems to make sense. Get lost, use the compass to find a road/town, etc.
And some prune juice, just in case...





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Originally Posted by Juan Foote View Post
I read they were with a group and had a "little slip". To me it raises more questions than answers that this "little slip" led to them being completely out of earshot, or interest in finding from the other group, aside to say that they presumably reported them missing. Very curious situation, it seems.
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I need to either change the battery in my personal locator beacon, or buy an in reach.
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If they had the presence of mind to pack a filtered straw, why didn't it occur to them to pack a compass and other emergency supplies? How about a flashlight, whistle? Why not download a map of the area to your phone before you leave?
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They didn't get cooties from it?
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Water purifying straw is code for bong?
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Sounds like they were doing an out and back hike, so they could turn around if the conditions were too icy.

I could guess they were doing this hike:
https://www.alltrails.com/explore/tr...-view-full-map

I suspect there was ice going down from Icehouse Saddle Junction to Minor Saddle. ON the way back they decided to leave the trail at minor saddle and go down the valley (Cucamonga Canyon) instead of back up around to Icehouse Saddle.

but just wild speculation.
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Could you drink out of a moose wallow with one of those things?
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Old 09-11-19, 10:37 PM
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Also in California, a family river rafting got stranded, a message in a bottle saved them. I didn't think anybody used Nalgeens anymore.

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-...-were-rescued/
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
Also in California, a family river rafting got stranded, a message in a bottle saved them. I didn't think anybody used Nalgeens anymore.

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-...-were-rescued/
?? I see Nalgene bottles all over the place.
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Nalgeens are now considered old school and heavy. Plastic bags are where it is at.
Or heavy insulated stainless flasks (354g for 20oz) if you want to be trendy, but not practical.

For overnight trips I carry a 10L (250g) or 6L (218g) canvas water bag and one 1L nalgeene (180g) for easy access.
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This is how I prep my 6L bag for a day hike:


So I have ~2.4L of water in the bag. Then I lay it flat and freeze it. Slip into water bag holder in pack. Keeps back cool as it melts.
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Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
?? I see Nalgene bottles all over the place.
But probably not hiking? There good bottles and they're indestructible, I've used one as a hammer. But they're heavier than alternatives, and in some cases that's important, a few unnecessary grams here and a few there and pretty soon it adds up to pounds.
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Originally Posted by noisebeam View Post
Nalgeens are now considered old school and heavy. Plastic bags are where it is at.
Or heavy insulated stainless flasks (354g for 20oz) if you want to be trendy, but not practical.

For overnight trips I carry a 10L (250g) or 6L (218g) canvas water bag and one 1L nalgeene (180g) for easy access.
Besides the weight, and how little space they take up when empty, they double as great ice packs at home.
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For a day hike a 1-2 nalgeens (180-360g) is not going to set one back.

But if heading out of a overnight with 6L of water that would be 2.4 pounds of container weight! Plus they take up more than 6L of space full or empty.

vs. a 10L canvas bag at 250g = 0.55 pounds of bag

(I prefer to put ~2L less than capacity in the bags so they lay flatter, so 10L is best with 8L of water, etc. Also I use urethane lined canvas bags as they are much more durable than the more lightweight thin plastic bags, which is important to me in the desert with thorns and sharp rocks where I rely on the water for survival. Also these canvas bags can be frozen solid or have boiling water poured into them with no damage)
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