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Alright, I have a buddy who has swam twice this year and still hasn't had his booty beer. I've been telling him the river gods are unhappy and that's why he swam again. Well, he's had ghiardia before and now he's suggesting that a booty beer could lead to ghiardia. Ghiardia sucks but I say ""suck it up." If you get ghiardia then that will be a further deterrent to swimming. Any scientific evidence that ghiardia could be in one's booty's? Also, how about letting your booty's dry out, then drink the booty beer?
 

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My understanding is that Ghiardia always comes from the booty...

If your friend has had it he has better immunity than most, so tell him to take his balls out of his purse and drink up!
 

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ghardia is a parasite that you get from contanimated water. if its present in the water than don't be drinking the water but a little alcohol won't hurt so tell him to man up and drink from the booty
 

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Giardia is for East Infections

Exactly, "Take your balls out of your purse and drink up". The guy probably is'nt worth paddling with if he's such a sissy.

Only East Infections worry about Giardia. Giardia is totally overrated, I have drank from hundreds of mountain streams and paddled hundreds of rivers and have never gotten Giardia. East Infections buy the campaign by water filter companies that water is bad. What did humans do for the last 1 million years when we were drinking water from streams. I have even seen East Infections filtering water right at the base of a glacier, come on. Giardia is 90% myth.
 

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One of the mags, I think paddler, did a bootie beer article recently. They tested a few pairs and didn't find anything too nasty. Probably better off drinkning bootie beers after a snow melt run than doing some of the nasty runs back east.
 

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Booty Beers- what a buch of knuckle heads. I can't believe you guys do that.

The Chief defines booty beer as drinking a beer while looking at a good looking girl's booty. And booty beers are encouraged and thought highly of, not as punishment.
 

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Pretty sure I had ghiardia once from a trip to Mexico and I think I had it from a trip on the Taos once too. It was &^%%% ugly.

Seriously though, he's a good guy to paddle with and one of my best friends, just on a swimming binge lately. He too had ghiardia once so he's nervous.

What if you had warts on your foot, is that a good excuse? Lastly, can I let him wash it out with h2o first?
 

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not 100%, but belive that once you have it, you always have it. it just "acts up" every now and again.
I will refrain from examples , Im sure someone will list them

it also comes from fecal matter, found down stream from grazing sheep, cattle, and beaver.

my attitude, is "if you can see the source, its fine". that means snow field run-off, or spring.

"seeing" a waterfall dosn't count as the "source"

Rn's, and Docs please chime in....
 

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IRRATIONAL FEAR

Every time we paddle whitewater we drink at least a little river water - its a simple fact. Some days more than others. Think about your last surf session or big water run....You drink more river water rolling a few times, and swimming for sure, than you will drinking a booty beer.

Second, like Casper said - I've been drinking out of rivers and stream w/out filters since I was born, literally, and while perhaps I've got some immunity, I've never had any problems beyond the occasional digestive hyper-drive. American's get more and more unwilling to accept even remote risks, every year. We separate ourselves more and more thus from the world around us.

Drink the beer. Nice try. Lame excuse.
 

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I have drank from hundreds of mountain streams and paddled hundreds of rivers and have never gotten Giardia. What did humans do for the last 1 million years when we were drinking water from streams.
1. Take a chance, shit yer pants.

2. What humans did for the last 1 million years (and [some] are still doing today) was dying at age 25 from dysentery, hepatitis, et. al. "Hygene has cured >90% of disease (CDC)."

3. jackass is TV. real friends are cool. swimming sucks.

4. When I was younger, the tradition was to make the swimmer buy the beer to repay you for chasing down their yardsale. Booty beer sounds like some homo-erotic third gene.
 

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Booty Beers- what a buch of knuckle heads. I can't believe you guys do that.
Yeah, but you're an open boater Aric. You guys swim like every 100 yards:twisted:

Just kidding. Wish I was gonna make it down this summer but gas is spendy and there is plenty of water here.
 

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90% myth, what a crock of shit!

I caught it from kayaking on the Snake south of Jackson Hole, WY. To many cattle all over that area, so it easily gets into the water system. Drinking from a stream in the backcountry around Wolfcreek, no problem. It was in the middle of winter and the water had been snow a few hours previous, so nice and safe.

Like said, everyone is effected differently by the parasite. I just had stomach cramps for a week until I finally broke down and saw a doctor. That was in 93, never had it since. If you kill it off, you should not be carrying it.
 

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been away from the desk, and been lmao, and failed to mention, yep booty beers are in order, also, second a shot of whiskey first, ( maybe hot:p ) just to kill anything, but.....well actually the gut that told me he was suffering from the same affliction was a pus too!:D
 

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HAIL TO THE CHIEF

The whole booty beer thing is dumb.

celebrate a nice Booty with a beer.


Lower intestinal parasites are a Gnarly thing. A friend of mine and I spent about a month climbing down in the Andes. Didn't get sick until we went to town and my friend got really bad. He said: till this day when he drinks beer his poop comes out like a big oil slick. :mrgreen:

:mad: EXXON Valdez in the Toilet :mad:
 
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