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Re: [ft-l] Central Florida FTA Meeting - Gear, gear and more gear...



Thanks for the good info.  Maybe I'll give it a try.  Tony was showing us some
new daypacks designed with the system in mind that looked awfully good.  Can't
resist getting some neat new gear!
Diane

D_Blick wrote:

> The one experience like you mention that I have had was during our 1/2 AT
> thru-hike last year.  At about 300 miles of constant use we noticed some
> mold starting in the hoses. I used the Grogory Hydrocell and my hiking
> partner used the Platypus Hoser.  It occured in both.  At our next town stop
> we filled the sink with a bleach/water mix and soaked all our water bags,
> hoses and bottles overnight.  We repeated this approx. once a month after
> that and it seemed to take care of the problem.  I haven't encountered any
> problems in normal weekend/week long use where I empty the bladder when I
> get home, flush it out with tap water and allow it to air dry.  But then I
> only put treated water into my hydration system.  I think if you fill with
> untreated water or add gatorade or something, you're asking for trouble.
>
> The great thing about hydration systems is that you WILL drink more
> frequently; small sips constantly instead of big gulps when you get thirsty.
> I found it made a big difference on my hikes and carry it even on day hikes
> now.  I wouldn't go back to the bottles if you paid me.  Well, maybe if you
> paid me enough to finish the second half of the AT     :-)
>
> Cricket
>
> > So far I've resisted using the hydration systems because I was concerned
> about
> > the sanitation.   The bags would seem to be an excellent place for the
> growth of
> > bacteria -- damp, warm, etc. -- especially between hikes.  Is this a
> problem or
> > am I overly picky??
> >
> > Diane
> >
> >
> >
> > D_Blick wrote:
> >
> > > I didn't like the idea of putting raw water into my hydration system (I
> use
> > > the Gregory Hydrocell.)  So with some ideas from another list I've made
> a
> > > gravity-feed filter system.
> > >
> > > The ingrediants are: a Sweetwater Anywhere in-line filter, a Platypus
> > > Big-Zip 2-Liter Hoser system (a 4-liter would be better for times when
> water
> > > is a distance from the campsite but raises total weight 2-3 oz), a
> platypus
> > > hose-to-filter connector (optional if using water bottles rather than
> > > hydration bladders) and an old stuff sack.
> > >
> > > To assemble: Place the Big-Zip into the stuff sack and cut a hole in the
> > > bottom corner of the sack for the hose to run through. Cut the hose
> approx.
> > > in half and insert the in-line filter - the clear end goes towards the
> > > Big-Zip.  Attach hose-to-filter connector nipple into free end of hose.
> > >
> > > To use: Fill Big-Zip with raw water at water source (use bandana to
> filter
> > > out big junk if needed and add iodine if you like).  Carry back to
> campsite
> > > in stuff sack.  Hang stuff sack from tree, picnic table or other
> convenient
> > > place.  Attach cap at end of hose to another platypus or just insert
> hose
> > > end into water bottle.  Sit back and watch it fill.  Fills a 1-liter
> > > platypus in about 1 minute.
> > >
> > > Advantages: No pumping, gives you a water carrying bag, gives you an
> extra
> > > water baldder for when water stops are far apart, and weighs 7-8 oz
> total,
> > > saving about 1/2 lb over a pump filter.  One thing to watch for if
> filling
> > > bladders - remove all air from the bladder before attaching cap and
> remove
> > > cap before entirely full or water + air in bladder can actually blow a
> hole
> > > in the bladder.  Or - just thought of this - drill a tiny air hole in
> the
> > > cap.
> > >
> > > BTW, all the pieces-parts were a birthday present from my hiking
> partner -
> > > Flamingo, aka Pam Glass.  A nice Christmas gift for the hiker on your
> list.
> > > The down side is, since she saved me 1/2 lb of pack weight, I'm now
> > > responsible for filtering water for the both of us  :-)
> > >
> > > Cricket
> > >
> > > >
> > > > The Sweetwater Inline filter was also shown with emphasis on the
> Platypus
> > > > Water Hydration System.  Many people are now catching onto the idea of
> > > using
> > > > a water bag with an inline filter.  It's easy to use and lightweight.
> I
> > > > just wish the Platypus water bags didn't cost so much....  I'll just
> stick
> > > > to my Sweetwater Filter Bottle.
> > > >
> > >
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