Originally Posted by sargevining
The best part of this trip report is:
A lot of folks would make the problems that you had the fault of the outdoors and never go back out. Be proud that you've taken it as an opportunity for learning and growth.
I do want to caution you on the lesson you may have learned about water, as it may be the wrong one. In other parts of the country, hydration is not as important as it is in the hot humid climate we find around here. Most of the areas within 75 miles of Houston should be considered sub-tropical if not tropical between May1 and September 30. We will tend to perspire much, much more than in, for instance, Wisconsin. The humidity slows evaporation of perspiration (I'm a poet and don't know it), consequently, your body sweats even more. You should allow for an intake of a minimum of one gallon of water per day just to keep up with the water your body will be losing. You should also allow for a slower pace during those months to avod overheating, and for more breaks for drinks and moist snacks. Heat prostration is difficult to treat in the woods, near impossible to treat yourself, and is most dangerous when you're alone as it affects decision making abilities. Its the frostbite of the South. You should carry a LOT of water AND some means of filtration or sterilization. Allow for the possibility that you might be injured and unable to get to a source of water at least overnight. I'd have carried two and a half gallons on that trip if it were June and did not know of any reliable water sources on the route. It gets lighter along the way. In fact, the weight might encourage you to drink more, which is a good thing.
+1 on all of that.
Great trip report! I'm glad that you took the lessons to heart rather than being disappointed with the great outdoors.
Hiking (and biking) year-round down here in FL, you come to learn the importance of hydration. My assumption is that I go through a liter to a liter and a quarter per hour while moving, and about a half-liter per hour sitting still from April to October. I plan my water carrying capacity around the idea that it will take me 20% more time between water stops than my average walking speed; that way, I don't run out unexpectedly.
The only part where I disagree with sargevining is in the use of a water bladder. On the other hand, I came to this camping stuff from riding a bike, so having easy, hands-free access to my water was important initially. It's what I'm used to.
YMMV on this, but I prefer to use a bladder while moving and drink from a cup (usually my heinie pot) or water bottle during stops. Just an opinion.