I am curious what activators in hot climates carry as a standard loadout and max load for significant hikes.
I am thinking about this because there was another death at Big Bend National Park shortly before my last activation this month. I have seen hikers with nothing more than a small water bottle in hot areas, which I think is risky. In the US at least the standard line is 1 gallon per person per day, but this is frequently insufficient in my experience with long hikes or bushwhacking. Just to be clear, that hiker that died was experienced in desert hiking and I am guessing it had everything to do with heat and not lack of liquids. I did not know him and am not criticizing in any way. In fact, I donated to his daughter’s Go Fund Me college fund since he had sole custody.
My standard summer loadout is 1.5 gallons for probably half the hikes I do in W5T western mountains. My last hike was 2+ gallons and I used it all and happened upon a spring and treated 2 more quarts just to be sure. I take about 40% volume as Gatorade and salty snacks. I would like to get info from others as I may address this with others or publicly.