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Lauren Hudgins
Hydration Horror Stories 2019 Winners

Hydration Horror Stories 2019 Winners

Photo by Eric Holder. Happy Halloween 2019! When it comes to gross water, no one really wins, but hopefully we can all laugh/cry together and soften the sorrow with some prizes. We asked readers to send in their most terrifying tales of water woe. Here are the best stories of the worst hydration situations. Honorable Mention Drought and Purple Drank October 2016 I was hiking with my family at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee. It was nearly the worst drought year in Tennessee’s history. The main falls, the highest drop east of the Mississippi River, was barely a trickle....

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Lauren Hudgins
Hydration Horror Stories 2019

Hydration Horror Stories 2019

It's the time of year for ghoulish and ghastly tales of water woe! Last year we asked you to send us the stories of the most disgusting water you've ever had to drink in the backcountry and you did not disappoint us. We got feces-laden cow ponds, dead deer, thick brown sludge, snails, and fortresses of poison ivy. Read the winning stories from last year and the runner-ups. We're doing it again in 2019. To enter our Hydration Horror Stories contest, submit your true story to digital@cnocoutdoors.com until October 30th with the headline "Hydration Horror Stories competition.” We prefer entries with photographs. Sharing your masterpiece with the world? Use #HydrationHorrorStories....

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Lauren Hudgins
Hydration Horror Story Contest Winner

Hydration Horror Story Contest Winner

Happy Halloween 2018! We asked you to send us stories about the worst of the worst water you have ever had to filter and drink for our Hydration Horror Stories contest. You sent us some terrifying tales of contamination and dehydration. Here are our three "favorites". We'll publish "honorable" mentions on Friday, so keep your eyes peeled for some more horrifying water stories. Since these stories did not come with images, we've added some for extra disgust. Our winner will receive a 3L Vecto. Runner Ups Dead Meat Years ago, I was in a Boy Scout troop that spent a lot of time learning...

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Lauren Hudgins
Hydration Horror Stories Contest

Hydration Horror Stories Contest

It's a creepy time of year and we are having a scary story competition. Tell us about the most horrifying water you have ever had to filter and drink. When you're in the backcountry you can't afford to be picky about your water sources or you'll die of dehydration. We want to hear about the worst of the worst: unnatural colors, wiggling invertebrates, dubious sludge, decomposing animal carcasses in the trickle of a creek. While we encourage you to tell your terrifying tale with macabre melodrama, stories must remain true. Bonus points for including a photograph of your gross experience. Sharing...

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