Fill it Up – 200 Degree Water for Winter Hiking
I used to get up extra early on the days when we'd drive to the mountains for winter hiking, so I could boil water for my water bottles. Since we'd meet in downtown Boston at 5 AM, this meant getting up at 4 AM to get ready. Those days are over.
It dawned on me a few weeks ago that I can get water at any gas station convenience store on the way to the trail head, so I can sleep longer in the morning before we drive north. You really do stay better hydrated if your water is warm in the afternoon, and not the consistency of slush.
The picture here was taken at the Irving's Gas station next to Eastern Mountain Sports in North Conway, but you can get water like this anywhere they have a hot water valve on their coffee machines. So far, I've pulled this trick in Conway, near the western end of the Kancmagus Highway, in Lincoln on the eastern end of the Kanc, and at the AMC Highland Center in Crawford Notch. Their water is really hot!
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