21 February 2009 19:56
Is there a product out there which will allow me to catch rain water when I'm out wild camping?
By Country Walking magazine
Rain is the safest and purest source of drinking water when you're out in the wilds (as long as the kit you use is clean). We don't know of any devices specifically designed for this, but you can rig up your own rain-catcher with just a tarpaulin/survival bag/flysheet and some string from your pack, and sticks and stones around your camp.
Use four sticks as stakes and knock them into the ground in a rectangle slightly smaller than your tarp. Secure the tarp's corners to the stakes with string, making sure one end is lower to encourage run-off. Put a heavy stone towards the lower end so the rain runs down into a channel, then place a container at the end of the channel to collect the water flowing off the tarpaulin. And obviously, the bigger the tarp, the more rain you'll collect.