Preparation For Expedition – Water Drinking

Preparation For Expedition

“Reasons to Drink Water”




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Preparation for an expedition involve extensive training (cardio, strength and endurance) and every training involve losses of fluid from sweating. GEC members are advised to drink lots of water (plain water or others) during preparation, during expedition and after expedition.

Drinking water (either plain or in the form of other fluids or foods) is essential to your health. We also lose fluids from our daily activities and fluid losses occur continuously, from skin evaporation, breathing, urine, and stool, and these losses must be replaced daily.


The benefits of water are many and there are plenty of reasons to drink water.


“Always think of water as a nutrient your body needs that is present in liquids, plain water, and foods”. All of these are essential daily to replace the large amounts of water lost each day.


Dehydration happens when water intake does not equal output. In warmer climates, fluid losses are accentuated. The losses are increased during strenuous exercise (preparation) and in high altitudes during expedition and worst during mild acute mountain sicknesses where our sense of coordination and thinking ability is not as sharp as in lower altitude. Also during expedition, its very difficult is make water from snow as the fire burning capacity is low temperature and high altitude.


Here are some of the reasons to make sure you’re drinking enough water or other fluids every day:


  1. Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids.Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.


2.   Water Can Help Control Calories. For years, dieters have been drinking lots of water as a weight loss strategy. While water doesn’t have any magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverages can certainly help. Food with high water content tends to look larger, its higher volume requires more chewing, and it is absorbed more slowly by the body, which helps you feel full. Water-rich foods include fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, oatmeal, and beans.


3.   Water Helps Energize Muscles. Cells that don’t maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue. “When muscle cells don’t have adequate fluids, they don’t work and recover well. The feeling of fatigue will continue. With good water intake, the muscles will recover and can be ready for continues training or expedition.


4.   Water Helps Your Kidneys. Body fluids transport waste products in and out of cells. The main toxin in the body is blood urea nitrogen, a water-soluble waste that is able to pass through the kidneys to be excreted in the urine.When you’re getting enough fluids, urine flows freely, is light in color and free of odor. When your body is not getting enough fluids, urine concentration, color, and odor increases because the kidneys trap extra fluid for bodily functions. If you chronically drink too little, you may be at higher risk for kidney stones, especially in warm climates.


5.   Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function. During training and expedition, having a normal bowel helps. Adequate hydration keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation. When you don’t get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration — and the result is constipation.

Adequate fluid and fiber is the perfect combination, because the fluid pumps up the fiber and acts like a broom to keep your bowel functioning properly. At high altitude and cold temperature, having a good toilet habit and easy toilet going situation helps in having a safe and energy saving expedition.


“I have seen and experienced many situation up to Everest summit (8848 meter) due to water intake, facing hydration and Acute Mountain Sicknesses.” By Ravichandran Tharumalingam.