A gallon of water weighs 8.3 pounds. I can't carry that much extra than I already am. And they want hikers to carry even more than a gallon? I never go out into the desert any further than I know that I can get back safely with what I carry with me. In all my years of hiking only one time was I worried and that was in Big Bend, Texas. I went too far with too little water. BIG lesson learned that day!
Tomorrow is election day. I feel safe where I am.