M Saving Time and Weight: A "Winter Water" Routine Tuned for Lightweight Style
by Ryan Jordan
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"Making" drinking water from snow and ice during the winter is an important - and time consuming - chore. Your ability to maximize efficiency and nail down a routine can make the difference between covering a meaningful amount of distance during the day, or just feeling like you're "moving camp" a little ways.
In this article, the author applies lightweight style to winter water prep using a white gas stove to save fuel and time while breaking trail in the snowy winter backcountry. Learn how to use as little as 4.5 ounces of white gas per day (as opposed to the norm of 6-8 oz/day) while remaining hydrated, enjoying hot meals in both the morning and evening, and getting all of your water from melted snow (as opposed to open water sources such as streams or stills).
- The Gear
- The Routine
- Mid-Day Refill
- Fuel Needs
- Detritus Management
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