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#183810 - 10/01/09 01:01 AM System for collecting rainwater while camping?
dweste Offline
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Registered: 02/16/08
Posts: 2463
Loc: Central California
Anybody set up a system to collect rainwater while camping in the rainy season?

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#183814 - 10/01/09 01:22 AM Re: System for collecting rainwater while camping? [Re: dweste]
2005RedTJ Offline
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Registered: 01/07/09
Posts: 475
Loc: Birmingham, Alabama
I've never tried it, but it seems like a tarp would work just fine if properly tied/anchored. Have it drain into a bucket or something.

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#183826 - 10/01/09 04:56 AM Re: System for collecting rainwater while camping? [Re: dweste]
BigToe Offline
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Registered: 01/04/08
Posts: 81
I backback and typically hammock with a tarp. In areas with limited water I will catch the tarp runoff in my wide mouth water containers. It's nice because then I don't have to filter!
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#183834 - 10/01/09 06:07 AM Re: System for collecting rainwater while camping? [Re: BigToe]
dweste Offline
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Registered: 02/16/08
Posts: 2463
Loc: Central California
Originally Posted By: BigToe
I backback and typically hammock with a tarp. In areas with limited water I will catch the tarp runoff in my wide mouth water containers. It's nice because then I don't have to filter!


How do you set things up?

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#183837 - 10/01/09 06:25 AM Re: System for collecting rainwater while camping? [Re: dweste]
fooman Offline
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Registered: 05/15/08
Posts: 78
A 20x20 tarp suspended between 4 trucks channels lots of water when it rains.

On a smaller scale, Hennessy Hammocks make funnels to channel water off their tarps into standard soda bottles.
http://www.hennessyhammock.com/new-products.html#water

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#183875 - 10/01/09 02:03 PM Re: System for collecting rainwater while camping? [Re: fooman]
TeacherRO Offline
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Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 2155
I'd filter it anyway...

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#183879 - 10/01/09 02:19 PM Re: System for collecting rainwater while camping? [Re: TeacherRO]
comms Offline
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Registered: 07/23/08
Posts: 1502
Loc: Mesa, AZ
in the southwest its doable but for the most part it rains mud here. so grabbing rain water for start off drinking is pretty icky.
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#183892 - 10/01/09 03:17 PM Re: System for collecting rainwater while camping? [Re: comms]
Susan Offline
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Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
Just stretch a line between two sturdy objects and clothespin a tarp to it. Having a 2-gallon bucket or something for it to drain into would be handy.

Even in the desert, after it's rained for a few minutes, there's much less dust/sand in the air. You could just strain it through a bandana or coffee filter.

Rainwater is far cleaner than ANY groundwater. I wouldn't worry about contaminants. What you're probably getting from your municipal supply or well is probably far filthier, you just don't know it. Ignorance is bliss, right?

Sue

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#184071 - 10/02/09 10:50 PM Re: System for collecting rainwater while camping? [Re: Susan]
Kingarthur Offline
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Registered: 09/26/09
Posts: 32
Loc: Texas
So, what should the backpacker bring to capture rain water to refill camel backs/similar systems when a body of water is not readily available-but rain water is?
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#184078 - 10/02/09 11:15 PM Re: System for collecting rainwater while camping? [Re: Kingarthur]
Exploriment Offline
Newbie

Registered: 12/14/04
Posts: 36
Loc: Ontario
A few months back I set up my hammock as a storm was brewing. I needed to get water, but the rain kept coming down hard. I decided to wait for the rain to abate a bit, but it never really let up. Not to mention that I could see the water that was roiling in the streams was getting muddier as it went on. Decided just to put my collapsible sink and a Nalgene underneath the points where the water was streaming off the tarp. Worked beautifully. No squatting awkwardly by a stream, trying to balance a bottle. In an hour and ten minutes I had collected 6 liters of water. Kept transferring it into a 3L Camelbak, until it was full, then another Nalgene, then the other Nalgene, and then let the sink fill up. Much cleaner then the water I would have gotten from a stream.


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