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How to Get Bamboo Drinking Water for Survival

18

NOVEMBER, 2016

Borneo
Sabah
Jungle
Travel

Bamboo drinking water is another sure source or alternative of water in the jungle…well, that’s what people say anyway. So, we decided to give it a go during our to see how true it is during our Kiau Jungle Trekking.

Bamboo is a fast growing grass found across the world, and is common in many jungles and rainforests, it grows in discrete cylindrical sections which are hollow and wailed at the top and bottom. These sections contain fresh, drinkable water.

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Trekking through the jungle is tiring work, often requiring cutting a path and negotiating fallen trees, especially where the jungle has been deforested and then regrown with far more underbrush at ground level. It is easy to get lost, tired and dehydration happens quickly due to the heat and humidity. If you find yourself out of fresh water and not near a stream, you can get a drink from a friendly bamboo plant.

How to Get Bamboo Drinking Water

First locate a likely clump of bamboo. It must be one of the largest species that grow to the height of small trees, with thick stalks typically a dozen cm (five inches) in diameter. We used Parang(machete) as our chopping tools to tap on the different sections. Sections with content (hopefully water) normally give out a denser sound. Lastly, you will need to find a small bamboo shoot about one cm (half an inch) in diameter.

Now open up a section of the big bamboo trunk. Make a cut about halfway down the section, and then one a little above it. When you chop, make sure it is a diagonal downward movement. It’s all in the wrist. Without removing your blade from the second cut, twist the knife to pry away the section of the wood between the two cuts. Look into the hole you have just made and you should be able to see some water at the bottom of the section. If there is none, try another section. Smell the water. If it smells bad leave it. Next put your homemade straw into the hole and suck up a little water. If it tastes bad leave it, if it tastes nice then drink up!

How to Get Drinking Water from Bamboo for Survival

Well, it is clear that we can definitely get water from the inside of bamboo. However, you won’t get much water from a section, but a few should yield enough to last you until you find a stream or village. By Taking water from a bamboo plant should not harm it as long as it remains standing.

Here’s some video from youtube that give you a closer look on how to get drinking water from a bamboo plant

Did you know that besides drinking water from Bamboo you can also create fire by using Bamboo…cool huh?

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