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    Re: drinkin from streams

    I've swam in some of the Lakes in the Lake district...
    ( Coniston, Ullswater, Wast Water this year)

    quite alot of reservoirs all over the country including the Peaks and Dales

    and swallowed quite a bit of water

    fortunately never had a problem yet

    though some taste of diesel

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    Re: drinkin from streams

    Quote Originally Posted by philgreen1968 View Post
    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!
    These were found in the Tarns not streams running in to them. the result of lots of campers not doing the buisness far enough away from water flows (100m) or burying it, Going behind a rock or putting a rock on it is not the way.

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    Re: drinkin from streams

    i recall my first fell race

    a gung-ho chap loudly enquired as to the suitability and frequency of local streams

    then remarked, in a jocular fashion on the size of some fellow competitors bum bags
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    it was 27 degrees and atleast 12 miles of 'o' style running

    he staggered in looking awful, whilst many were enjoying a slow second pint after a long rest in the shade,

    whilst most would be more clued up than this example...I wonder at the philosophy of unencumbered foraging versus taking sufficient hydration particlularily in races ?
    Last edited by trilathon; 12-09-2009 at 10:50 AM. Reason: gramma

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    Re: drinkin from streams

    Quote Originally Posted by IanDarkpeak View Post
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    As above fast flowing above farmed areas etc. BUT

    do not drink from streams that flow out of Tarns. esp Styhead, Angle Tarn. these are become poluted due to the number of high level campers that use them to camp nearby, both from food and toilet waste.

    When i was up there a couple of months ago i had run out of water so filled my bottle from the stream flowing out of Angle Tarn....seemed to be ok.


    I use streams, i often dont fill my drinks bottle up and just wait till i pass some flowing water to fill it up to sav carrying the weight round....the langdale horseshoe is perfect for that.

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    Re: drinkin from streams

    I drink from streams a lot more than i should, when i'm hiking i don't take water with me i just plan water stops at springs and streams. I have a Steripen which i'd take if i were in an unfamiliar area.
    Can't climb for toffee...

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    Re: drinkin from streams

    Quote Originally Posted by mr brightside View Post
    I drink from streams a lot more than i should, when i'm hiking i don't take water with me i just plan water stops at springs and streams. I have a Steripen which i'd take if i were in an unfamiliar area.
    Drank litres yesterday from streams.

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    Re: drinkin from streams

    no comment from Ian on his current condition.......oh shit, It's done him in!!

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    Re: drinkin from streams

    Quote Originally Posted by mattg01 View Post
    no comment from Ian on his current condition.......oh shit, It's done him in!!
    can't have done me any harm came 3rd in tonight race

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    Re: drinkin from streams

    Phew.

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    Question Is it safe to drink the water?

    Is it safe to drink the water coming off Kinder?

    I am running in the Kinder downfall this weekend and wondered if it would be safe to wet my whistle.

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