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Fried Fish
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12/10/2017 11:42AM
What does everyone do for water? I have a gravity filter and was thinking about finding a branch on shore to hang it on but what about freezing, and filters can't take the freezing. I would be hot tenting.
 
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Jaywalker
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12/10/2017 12:17PM
Boil, especially if you have a hot tent. It's just real easy to do, and you don't have to worry about your filter freezing or cracking. You can boil a couple pots at a time and always have plenty.
Fried Fish
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12/10/2017 12:35PM
Makes sense, thanks Jaywalker.
12/10/2017 04:48PM
Winter camping is dependent upon fire, whether you are cold camping or hot tenting, so it's easy to boil drinking water.
bobbernumber3
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12/10/2017 08:11PM
I usually only sled in about 1-1/3 miles and carry in a couple gallons, so no filter and no boil.
WhiteWolf
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12/10/2017 11:32PM
Back in the day when I did A LOT of cold camping in the BWCA- for water we just drank it straight from a properly placed auger hole over deep water. Most nights- too shot for even a fire so any boiling was not an option. Just a warm drink with your meal from the stove was the only warm drink you got until breakfast. But I do agree- after 3, maybe 4 nights cold camping some form of drying heat is needed. At that's why my group got out of dodge after that time frame! IMO-- you should be OK drinking from the lake straight with common sense but if your going to have a fire might as well boil.

Campcraft
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12/11/2017 08:40PM
Steripen.
Soledad
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12/12/2017 12:29PM
In winter we just drink from the lake.

A couple years ago, we were into a huge slush fest, I remember dipping my water bottle right into my last foot-hole and just kept going.
 
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