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



I found out that using "snake brush" (used for cleaning inside trumpet) works wonders on getting those tubes cleaned out... Never had any problems about getting mold/mildew in bladder systems.

Nish


At 01:55 PM 8/13/1999 -0400, you wrote:
>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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>> >
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