I have traditionally carried two quarts or nowadays, two liters of water on backpacking trips. Whether the trip is a weekend trip or an extended trip, two liters/quarts has been my standard.
At times when resupply wasnt good and it was long stretches between water sources/caches, I have carried three liters. Thats getting on the heavy side, as I am sure you well know.
This was indoctrinated into me by BSA High Adventure programs at an early age.
Two liters to me is fine...its entirely doable and is totally the norm for me. I never had a problem with it before and still dont. But Ive been reading at this site and a few other places that many ULB and SULBackpackers only carry one liter or even half a liter. Half a liter to me sounds crazy and of poor judgment.
What does the typical ultra-lighter carry? One liter? Half a liter? Two liters? Does it depend entirely on the individual?
What does the typical super ultra-lighter carry? One liter? Half a liter?
I am very curious to hear these answers. How can someone do 20 miles a day carrying half a liter of water at a time?
I have "fastpacked" in the past way before the term ever developed. When pack weights get down to 20 lbs or less and you are very fit, it is very easy to walk extremely fast, breaking into a methodical slow jog or slog for long periods or doing the old "fox trot" method the Boy Scouts taught for years.
Fox trot: walk fast for fifty paces then jog fifty paces and repeat. You can cover tremendous amounts of terrain fast using this technique without becoming overly tired providing you are in decent shape to begin with.
While I have "fastpacked" before and done 20-30 mile days day after day after day after day (going up to even forty miles per day sometimes), one thing I couldnt do without was lots of water. Water water water...you gotta have it. Even in cold weather. I would be drinking all the time, hydrating on the trail without stopping and eating easily digestible foods where you dont have to chew much like peanut butter out of a squeeze bag, soft cheese, oranges and apples, bananas etc. while on the move.
I once covered 50 miles in 17 hours with another guy my age in the Rockies using this method. I couldnt have done it carrying a half liter or one liter of water and I didnt have time to stop and look for water sources either.
Basically we just slow jogged 50 miles up and down mountains, hardly stopping but a handful of times. Mostly to refill our water bottles or eat a fast trail meal.
So whats the deal? When doing say, typical fastpacking of say, 20 miles a day at an UL or SUL load, what are typical amounts of water carried?
I bought a 2 liter platypus water container today, I noticed that is lighter than the traditional Nalgene hard lexan water bottles Ive used for years. Only thing I dislike about the platypus is it isnt wide mouthed, thus harder to fill.