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Date Posted: 06:39:49 04/23/08 Wed
Author: Fred Baker
Subject: Re: Water
In reply to: Big Foot Bob 's message, "Re: Water" on 12:35:01 04/22/08 Tue

Bob is an old woodsman who speaks some truth. He was at BGR, though from chatting with him after the event, he spent most the time shadowing our column.

We will again treat water using water purification tablets as we did at BGR. We kept two battalions of infantry in the field for 3 1/2 days. Furthermore, the military and modern hikers use such techniques with water that most of us would turn our noses up at and have zero issues.

The government likes to play things safely- hence the line you posted about water safety. They also have to give folks a dose of common sense as some wander into the woods with no water.

The Ground Hornets conducted a muster-on-the-move in Kisatchie not more than three months ago. To date, we are all yet living.

To close- an email to Tom or I would have been the more tactful approach. Making a public, alarmist post was in bad form. As Bob noted, you left BGR at the first water point due to concerns about treating the streams and bayous. Every man is entitled to an opinion, I would simply ask that you not let your personal fears and concerns taint the pre-event discussion.

This event is not for the squeemish or faint or heart or mind. It is designed to challenge us and push us. The AAR's of the folks who did the event seem to indicate that those challenges made the event what it was.

To conclude- we will treat water. This is a time-proven method. Kisatchie is not an area populated with livestock (so no ag run-off) nor beaver. The water will be safe and plentiful and as all who actually did BGR can attest, it is down right tasty when you are thirsty or need to cook rice.


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