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So what are the pros and cons of bathing in a creek, lake, river , and etc compared to boiling the water and using that?

If bathing in creek soap would be used though. ( the backpacker kind)
 

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Don't use any kind of soap in a creek or in any watersource or near it. Even biodegradable stuff takes a long while to disappear.

Dirty water depending on the watersource can be a very big con. a lot of the dangerous virusses and bacteria you filter/boil water for, can also be gotten through little cuts and scrapes, and unless you come from that direction, you dont know what's upstream and possibly contaminating the water (and even if you're coming from upstream, who says there isn't a guy washing himself in a creek upstream from you, who came behind you, just at the moment you're trying to get fresh water ;) )

I dont see any pro other than the feeling of bathing in a creek/river? :p
 

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So what are the pros and cons of bathing in a creek, lake, river , and etc compared to boiling the water and using that?

If bathing in creek soap would be used though. ( the backpacker kind)
Don't bathe in creeks. Biodegradeable soap can still take a long time to degrade, and that stuff can really wreck a small stream or creek and others may be downstream using it for drinking water.

Instead, bathe away from the creek, at least a hundred feet or so depending on steepness of terrain and drainage.

The solar shower bag is great in the summer, in the winter the days are too short and the solar power may not be enough to warm the water. But you can still fill the bag up with water warmed over a fire or stove and use that.

But please don't bathe in streams and creeks.

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You can end up smelling like creek water, depends if the water is flowing or is a bit stagnant.

I haven't used a solar shower but if you get a plastic jerrycan and fill it from the creek and then sit it in the sun all day at your camp, it will warm up.
 

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Like so many above said don't wash in the creek/stream, get a bucket, boil and wash away from the shore line. Let there be enough space so that the grey water has a chance to be sifted by earth.
Also away from your sleeping site.

Someone down stream will appreciate it.
 

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You can end up smelling like creek water, depends if the water is flowing or is a bit stagnant.

I haven't used a solar shower but if you get a plastic jerrycan and fill it from the creek and then sit it in the sun all day at your camp, it will warm up.
Some of us would call what you are using a "solar shower". :) We would just pour that water into a bucket with holes in the bottom is all.
 

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Our creeks and rivers are spring fed and clean...great water for bathing but we don't get in the water to bathe...fouls it for everyone else...buckets with holes in them or Solar Shower bags are fine...
 

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some of the slower moving water around here, you would have company to remove, after they had a snack, (leeches) rule # 1 though is never contaminate a water source. enough of it happens by accident.
 

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On occasions I have bathed in creeks and will probably do so again in the future. Not the best option medium to long term but when the need arises so be it.

Regularly was my hands in a creek. A good way to get crud and blood of your hands is to lather up with mud.
 

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Bathed in streams and lakes lots of times while backpacking. I won't bathe in every stream and creek but plenty of them are just fine.

I've also used a solar shower. Takes too long for the water to get warm and it's not worth the struggle with a big bag of water to get a short, cold shower. You'll never get the inside of the bag dry so it will stink the next time you use it.

And smelling like creek water is a lot better than smelling like me after a day of hiking.
 

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Good chance you will pick up some worms that like to dig around and eat your insides. Whether you would actually notice it or not is another thing. The body seems to survive worm infestations reasonably well all things considered. You could also do a de-worming occasionally by drinking some boiled down black walnut hulls for a couple weeks.

Some areas have some really nasty Amoeba in the water that goes through your sinuses and eats your brain. Those are not so good for you. Louisiana I think someone here said?

Brain-eating amoeba found in Louisiana water

Brain-eating amoeba found in another Louisiana water system - CBS News
 

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Good chance you will pick up some worms that like to dig around and eat your insides. Whether you would actually notice it or not is another thing. The body seems to survive worm infestations reasonably well all things considered. You could also do a de-worming occasionally by drinking some boiled down black walnut hulls for a couple weeks.

Some areas have some really nasty Amoeba in the water that goes through your sinuses and eats your brain. Those are not so good for you. Louisiana I think someone here said?

Brain-eating amoeba found in Louisiana water

Brain-eating amoeba found in another Louisiana water system - CBS News
The amoeba you speak of have to be taken into the nasal passages...keeping your head out of the water works fine...La does have them, also most any warm,slow moving water source...the La cases were from people using Nasal Irrigators w/o boiling the water or using bottled water..sure death
 

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I would concider triping on the back step and breaking my neck a bigger risk than occasionally bathing in a creek. Me and most of the people I know have grown up swimming in creeks and rivers.
 

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swimmin is fine, i was 20 before i ever saw chlorinated water. dont soap it up. sand, take a dip and rinse off the funk of a three day ruck. just if your down near the equator, dont pee if your in a river or lake. Candiru might be tempted.....:upsidedown:
 

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Yup, I used to swim in ponds, lakes and streams as well. No immediate ill effects, but when I hit age 45 I found that if I ate almost any fast carbs, I would get extreme gas, and almost immediate diarhea. Many people are diagnosed with the mysterious "irritable bowel syndrome". I think most of these folks simply have parasites. The parasites get all happy moving around and feeding on the fast carbs and it irritates the bowel.

I drank some black walnut hull extract for a couple weeks and the mysterious problem vanished. I went to the doctor at first and wanted him to prescribea general worming agent. Of course he said no. He wasn't a worm specialist. I told him the name of a couple drugs. He said he could order a bunch of worm tests, or rather the specialist he was going to send me to could.

I told him the treatment was harmless and I didn't need tests. Just treat for it. If I got better, then yippee. If not then that wasn't it. He wouldn't budge.

20 bucks later I walked out of HEB with some black walnut extract and 2 weeks later, cured.

This used to be commonly done by rural families 100 years ago. You treated for worms every year and you didn't get mysterious "bowel syndromes".
 
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