Biff wrote:Hi Y.T.,
Like you and others, I have wondered what to do about schlepping water in a hot climate. It seems to me that no matter what kind of shape one's in, the amount of water required in the desert will exceed one's carrying capacity. In the vein of work smarter not harder, I think the first option for any bug-out should involve wheels. I don't care if it's a car, a bike, a jogging stroller, or a shopping cart. It's easier to push a load than to carry it. My kids are too big for the jogging stroller now, but I'm hanging on to it. It would be a great bug-out platform that I could take on pretty much any trail around here. Used jogging strollers are ubiquitous on Craigslist or in thrift shops, and can be had cheap. With a jogging stroller it's easy to throw an extra flat or two of bottled water aboard.
I also have a hose bib key (variously known as a silcock key) which will grant me access to water where I might otherwise be denied. A small vice grip can be handy for opening valves whose handles have been removed. I have a fire hydrant wrench, but it's heavy and bulky. I've been considering making a lightweight version out of aluminum plate. The nuts on fire hydrant valves are five sided, and if they are closed very tightly, are difficult to open with conventional tools.
I think it would a helpful adjunct to this thread to discuss techniques for surviving in severe heat. The discussion should go beyond the obvious things like water, shade, and appropriate clothing. After having discussed the techniques, we can figure out how to gear up for them.
+1 on a stellar presentation.
(BTW, my avatar has a crush on your avatar.)
You might want to look into getting a deer cart. These are used by hunters to carry away relatively large and heavy dead animals from remote locations. Sportsman's Guide sells a cheap entry level model, but Cabela's has some better ones. One model, with conversion parts, has a claimed carrying capacity of 750 pounds, which would theoretically allow someone to carry a 55 gallon drum of water.
Other things worth looking at are the military offering from Camel Back called the "squad back" which is designed as an alternative to carrying a jerry can of water strapped to the back and the possibility of converting an old bike into a Ho Chi Minh pack mule by replacing the handle bars with a piece of pipe. The NVA used to move a lot of cargo down some relatively rough jungle trails with such conversions done on cheap Chinese bikes.
BTW - Y.T., Home Depot and Loewe's sell sillcock keys, just ask the guy in the plumbing section. They run about 6 or 7 bucks up here for the four prong ones.