Wool socks as a water cooler

1:23 p.m. on October 29, 2011 (EDT)
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On my last hike to Cthedral Rocks (see trail pictures under trip reports) I used my wool socks as water coolers by putting my Arrowhead waterbottles inside the socks and carrying them in my daypack. My water stayed 75% cooler all day. Reminds me of the WWII canteens with the wool covers ( my first canteens were my grandfathers from that era)

I left them in the socks even on the outside of my backpack on the hike out and ven while in direct sun the water inside stayed quite cool for 4 hours out.

5:28 p.m. on October 29, 2011 (EDT)
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Very nice Gary.  Another great idea for other uses of  the vast amount of wool socks that some of use have to carry when we go out.  I also use wool socks to hold small amounts of small gear as long as the don't misshape the socks of cource, there by getting rid of the unecessary amount of small gear bags.  I'm thinking of having a friend sew up some Tyvek bags to try out on my Thailand trip for use on the things that I can't put in socks.  But again, good thinkin there!!

5:56 p.m. on October 29, 2011 (EDT)
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You can also wet down those socks and use evaporative cooling to gain even more efficiency.

Ed

9:15 p.m. on October 29, 2011 (EDT)
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+1 Ed.

Somewhere I've seen that you are supposed to wet down the sides of those old canteens to keep the water cooler.

1:33 p.m. on October 30, 2011 (EDT)
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You can buy coolers that do this and then wear your socks

4:25 p.m. on October 30, 2011 (EDT)
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I carry two pair but now in the desert rarely wear them, as they collect too many seeds and stickers. I don't wet them down and they work well at keeping my water cool even when on the outsdie of my pack in the sun at 80 degrees. Last hike from 7 am to 2;30 pm they stayed cool and my water too. Just as cold in the afternoon when I returned from a 10 miles dayhike.

1:34 p.m. on October 31, 2011 (EDT)
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Sounds like you have a good setup.

Where a pair and wash a pair.

While drying they are cooling your water.

1:38 p.m. on October 31, 2011 (EDT)
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Under wear ?????????  

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9:47 p.m. on November 11, 2011 (EST)
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Thanks Gary, I had never thought of that before!

I will try it out next time we have some more hot weather.

Mike G.

4:35 p.m. on November 12, 2011 (EST)
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just make sure it's a wool sock.  doing this with a used (and stinky) synthetic sock might cause nausea, vertigo, or might simply knock you out cold!

9:52 p.m. on November 12, 2011 (EST)
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I've used socks (And the legs of fleece undies) for the same purpose. Sucks when your water freezes.

5:54 p.m. on November 13, 2011 (EST)
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I was keeping my water cool on a 80 degree Sonoran desert day. I have put my waterbottles in my sleeping bag with me at night in the Yosemite winters to keep it from freezing.

7:40 p.m. on November 13, 2011 (EST)
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I am going to try this! my water gets pretty hot when it is over 100 out and I am returning from a wall climb.

5:00 p.m. on November 14, 2011 (EST)
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Use the inherant flaws of cooton to your advantage! A leg from a pair of cotton sweats and a class bottle cool things very well. I learned that trick from a soldier friend who used it in the desert. He unng it out the window while he drove.

3:16 p.m. on November 15, 2011 (EST)
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wow, I can't type

6:25 p.m. on November 15, 2011 (EST)
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