14er Thru Hiker Discusses the Value of Water for Hikers and Humans
Water. Sometimes it seems so common to us that we forget its value, it’s power, it’s importance. That is until we don’t have it. I’ve hiked thousands of miles and spent months of my life at a time in the wilderness and yet the sight and sound of clear water always gives me a moment of pure joyful discovery. That’s because in the wilderness – after sweating over passes and peaks, and pushing my body to the limit – it’s easier to realize the real value of clean water.
Water is LIFE. Without it we are incapable of being healthy or achieving our bodies’ potential. Don’t get enough of it and your body starts to lose its vigor. We, all of us, everyone, need 2 liters a day. At the least. Worldwide though there are over 780,000,000 people that don’t have access to clean water and 3.4 million people die every year from water related illness. As a single person though, what can we do? Well, as it turns out, something! When we join together, we can do even more. And action can be contagious, it can grow, spread, inspire, motivate. It can save lives.