Do you think it is possible to take at least a sip of crystal clear spring water in the mountains without filtering it and not boiling it? If you are at a sufficiently high altitude, the water there is usually clean. But maybe a few hundred meters upstream some animal bathed or defecated. What you will never know.
Water purification in the mountains, boiling water in a plastic bottle, a natural way to filter water in the mountains.
Cryptosporidiosis, giardiasis, shigellosis and norovirus are just some of the bacterial, viral and parasitic infections. They can occur after drinking untreated water in the mountains. At the same time, simple filtration or boiling of water in the mountains will minimize this risk..
Bring the water to a boil to clean it. Let it continue to boil for one minute, plus one additional minute for every 300 meters of altitude. Just in case.
If you don’t have a container suitable for boiling water in the mountains, you can boil it in a plastic bottle filled up to the very neck so that there is not a single air pocket inside. Close it tightly with a lid or cork. Since the plastic melts at a higher temperature than the boiling point of water in the mountains, you can heat the bottle without melting it.
Use a piece of rope or strong twine to attach the bottle to a three-pole tripod. Bonfire flames should be directed directly at the plastic bottle. Due to a lack of oxygen, water in the mountains will not boil so that it is visible. However, when the boiling point is reached, tiny bubbles will begin to appear in it..
At the same time, remember that plastic bottles emit carcinogens when heated. Therefore, boiling water in a plastic bottle should be resorted to only as a last resort. Better yet, always go camping with a water filter and a metal bottle, pot or other container.
Natural way to filter water in the mountains.
If you can’t light a fire, use the natural filtration system. To do this, dig a hole at the water’s edge, and then use socks or other pieces of cloth to absorb the moisture that appears there. This fluid will already be partially filtered out as it passes through the soil and rock layers. Squeeze water from a sock or cloth into a bottle or other container.
Do not take water from standing water or puddles. In a warm, humid environment, where they are not affected by the flow, bacteria feel especially comfortable. Keep your hands clean. Some experts believe that the threat of introducing bacteria into the body through the hands for outdoor enthusiasts is much more serious than the harm from dirty water in the mountains.
Based on the book Survival in the Wild and Extreme Situations. 100 key skills in the special services methodology.