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    Re: drinkin from streams

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    Peak and lakes are slightly different

    good water all round Kinder, Blackden-Fairbrook(gets low after prolonged dry spell)-Jaggers-Ladybooth-River Noe(bottom jacobs ladder)- River Kinder (below downfall)- Upper and Nether Red brook( you may need to drop down)
    Spring below Crookstone Knoll.

    You ought to produce a little map of these springs Ian. I remember you taking us to one on the Edale Skyline recce earlier this year that I certainly wouldn't have found on my own
    Certainly be useful for the Kinder killer (and dozen) which I still haven't got round to doing yet

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    Re: drinkin from streams

    I drink from streams all the time (not just in dire need), mainly to save having to actually carry so much water, but also seems to taste better

    even if it's a bit brown I don't let that put me off (so long as it's a peaty area!)

    not come down with any bugs yet in the 3 years I've been at this fell running lark
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    Re: drinkin from streams

    Quote Originally Posted by DazTheSlug View Post
    I drink from streams all the time (not just in dire need), mainly to save having to actually carry so much water, but also seems to taste better

    even if it's a bit brown I don't let that put me off (so long as it's a peaty area!)

    not come down with any bugs yet in the 3 years I've been at this fell running lark
    Absolutely. I avoid drinking below:

    1. Where farmers may have spread or sprayed anything, i.e any cultivated land.
    2. Where people are living/camping/may have been cr*pping (are these words filtered on here?). Sty Head Tarn, Malham Tarn are good examples of danger areas, particularly the latter!
    3. Where there are more than a few cattle.

    Rotting sheep are theoretically a risk, but not much of one in practice.

    Never been ill yet, & I've been drinking from streams for a long time.
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    Re: drinkin from streams

    as others have said, although I would avoid drinking too much of the brown peaty water in areas like Kinder, all that peat can be bad for you.

    I once drank from a clear fast flowing stream in Scotland, to then walk 100m upstream around a rocky bluff to see a dead sheep in full blown decomposition mode. The nasuea I felt had nothing to do with the water and everything to do with the sight (!) and I didn't go down with anything.

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    Re: drinkin from streams

    Only ever known one person to fall ill after drinking from a stream and that was my mates running partner in last years RAB

    He fell ill following the event and was hospitalised when he suffered a bout of sickness, diarrhoea and he started pissing blood.

    If I recall correctly, the doctors speculated that the bug(s) had entered his system due to the fact he had recently finished a course of antibiotics. The antibiotics had killed the “good bacteria” in his gut and allowed a bug(s) to infect him

    My mate was unaffected even though they both shared a water bottle filled from streams and drank from the same streams
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    Re: drinkin from streams

    Manx streams are often brownish red in colour. I'm sure my old man told me that was just iron in the water when i was a kid. Often peaty soils. There were big problems at one of the Meridas i did last year with water contaminated with animal waste. Lots of people were sick. Luckily i had no problems. Don't drink from stagnant pools or the out flow from tarns. Have a little sip first for a taste check before you start gulping!
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    Re: drinkin from streams

    Love the water in the Howgills - someone should bottle it!

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    Re: drinkin from streams

    Quote Originally Posted by Witton Park View Post
    Love the water in the Howgills - someone should bottle it!
    They do, WT, its passed off as a certain T Taylors brand
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    Re: drinkin from streams

    It's not just sheep muck and dead woollies that you need to worry about - drinking water below sough level (which can be quite high) in mining regions can do you some pretty nasty damage long term.

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    Re: drinkin from streams

    There was an article in Trail about water quality a few years back, they tested water from high up in lakes etc and they found high levels of E coli and Giardia. Both these cause nasty D+V. However i have drunk from gills and becks for years without any problems, beats carrying several kilos of weight in water. D+V is an easy way to lose some weight!

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