[Ansteorra] Calontir waterbearing
Hugh & Belinda Niewoehner
burgborrendohl at valornet.com
Wed Jun 25 16:14:53 PDT 2008
This goes back to a perennial problem everywhere...volunteers (or lack
I heard the head waterbearer on Monday say he just didn't have enough
people to carry regular jugs and non-contact. Therefore they had the
non-contact bottles filled and ready, 2 per shoulder bag, but they did
not actually carry them out onto the field. For those who have not
been to Lilies the farthest you'd have to walk (worst case) is about
75-100 yards. For the ressurection battles a lady who required a
scooter for mobility utilized the cargo basket on the back to make water
runs to and from the main water point to the res. points.
Note, they sterilized the jugs and tubes between each refill. A few
years ago there was a discussion on the Calonet about the
contact/non-contact thing and it was postulated by someone (IIRC a
doctor) that the odds of passing something was statistically
insignificant. If the choices are hydration vs. passing a potentially
communicable disease, dehydration was the greater threat to the health
of the participant. Those with compromised immune systems know that
fact and generally plan for it by having their own supply.
In my case, I just don't feel that I get enough water through a little
squirt nozzle. I have a fairly large water jug with a large pouring
spout that I keep with my gear. Fortunately the Lilies battlefield is
close to the shade flys provided for an armoring area. In a pinch,
yeah I'll used the bottles with the straws. If you pay attention, you
can grab a bearer who is just arriving with a freshly filled jug. As
Hillary said. Like it or not they're going to make sure they get water
to you. The choice is yours.
Armand, glad you had a good time. Some of the scenarios sounded a
little weird but all in all it was a lot of fun. The shepherds vs.
villagers was a blast. And to get a ride on Yrsa was the cream on the
Damon Hroarsson, HE Borrendöhl
> They offered both. But I only saw the straws in gallon jugs being carried to
> the fighters by the water-bearers. For squirt-top water, the fighters were
> invited to trek over to the water bearers station (not terribly far), where
> they were available.
>> From: Hillary Greenslade
>>> Though I was quite taken aback by the contact
>> water-bearing, I surmise
>>> that Calontir's culture of camaraderie and esprit de corps lends
>>> itself to such a practice. I will definitely be going back,
>> though I
>>> will take steps to insure my own water. :-) Baron Armand Dragonetti
>> My understanding is that Calontir is determined not to offer
>> ONLY non-contact waterbearing, in deference to the fighters
>> who have closed face helms and couldn't get the squirt-tops
>> in to a mouth opening that didn't exist or was too small.
>> They offer both choices, and I can understand that.
>> The thought is that it's the fighters choice to use contact
>> or non-contact, and the fighter knows the consequences of
>> that choice. But, as a waterbearer, Calontiri are going to
>> get the water into the fighter, whichever choice was made.
>> So, they still offer contact waterbearing (with a plastic
>> straw to slurp up the water though the face plate) AND non-contact.
>> If at Lillies this year they only offered the one
>> (non-contact), then that's wrong.
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