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Sam Sockwell
(sockwellsam) - MLife
JMT swim/clean question on 07/01/2012 05:23:56 MDT Print View

Can you just hop into streams and lakes to clean off? How welcome would a hot shower at VVR be, or is it always easy to find a spot to clean up? Sam

stephan q
(khumbukat) - F
RE; JMT swim/clean question on 07/01/2012 08:08:21 MDT Print View

Howdy,

The water is cold...

The Park Service is now requesting that you rinse off your sunscreen and/or bug juice away from the stream or lake before swimming.

On a side note, Permethrin treated clothing will disperse chemicals into the water source when rinsed. These in turn will bio-accumulate in fish and other aquatic life. No pinche bueno. I've asked Backcountry Rangers about this, and am told studies will be forthcoming. I don't think it will ever be banned, but I'll never use any.

stephan