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The Wilderness Survivor, Issue #020 - Snow as a water source
January 03, 2006
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Table of contents


- Editor's Notes
- Have you heard about RSS feed?
- Snow as a water source
- Content has been updated



Editor's Notes

Hello ,

Happy New Year!!

Hope all is well with you and you are ready for the Wilderness Survivor.

Itís winter time and cold... at least for most of us living in the northern hemisphere. This issue of the Wilderness Survivor is about how to get water in cold and snowy conditions. I guess some of you are planning a winter wilderness trip and to increase your wilderness survival knowledge is always good.


Enjoy your reading!

Have a safe and fun wilderness trip - Respect and protect the wilderness !



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Snow as a water source

Water is equal important when weather is cold as when itís hot. You need to drink as much in the cold as you do in the heat. When having outdoor activities in cold weather it can take a great deal of effort to stay hydrated because you lose water from sweating and breathing. Itís also important to understand that in cold conditions dehydration can hasten chilling and increase your risk of frostbite.

To find water in cold, snowy condition you first of course look for surface water such as streams, rivers and lakes. But if there is no surface water available you have to use snow. First, donít eat ice or snow. Eating ice and snow makes you colder and it can damage the lining of your mouth.

Collect clean, fresh ice or snow and melt it. Ice is preferable since it takes less time to melt and ice also yields more water than snow. Well, this assume you have fuel available and can make a fire.


Melting ice

If you have no metal cooking pot to melt ice you can use this alternative method. Melt ice slowly on a tilted rock over a fire. Hold the melting snow in place with pebbles. As the water runs down the rock, collect it in a container.


Melting snow

Do not melt snow in a pot over a fire, since any water produced will be quickly soaked up by the remaining snow and the pan will burn through before the snow melts.

If you are forced to use your metal cooking pot to melt snow, heat it only gently as you melt very small quantities in the bottom. Be patient. Gradually add more snow, not more than that the snow floats freely in the water.

You can also use a slower but not so labor demanding method to melt snow.


Slow snow melter

Improvise a sack from an item of clothing. For example use a t-shirt with sleeves tied. Fill the sack with snow and suspend it to melt over a container placed beside a fire.




Content has been updated

New more good content have been added or updated to the Wilderness Survival Skills website the last month. Last update is:

Wilderness Survival Blog




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