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[pct-l] h2o filters???

Hi Monica,

We have used a PUR Hiker for years (since 1997) and liked it a lot. 
However, we changed the cartridge this year and it started doing 
weird stuff, like not pumping more than a drizzle a minute. It was so 
hard to pump that the handle broke off during our PCT-hike. We 
repaired it a little with tape, but it became the worst kind of chore 
to pump water. We were stupid enough not to bring backup chemicals.

We went back to the REI in Seattle after we finished our hike and 
complained. First they gave us a new second-hand handle they still 
had somewhere in the back of the store. When that did not help, they 
replaced the filter with no questions asked.

We have a MSR now. It will probably require more work to keep it 
pumping, but it should never get so clogged that we cannot clean it. 
Somehow, that became important to us. It is a little heavier than the 

If at all possible, by the way, avoid pumping water from those grey 
glacier-fed rivers. There is often less sedimented water close by, 
although not streaming as fast.

Have a good hike

>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Monica Delmartini" <calinda4@hotmail.com>
>To: <pct-l@mailman.backcountry.net>
>Sent: Monday, September 17, 2001 4:03 PM
>Subject: [pct-l] h2o filters???
>  > Howdy, hickers!  My name's Monica and I'm hiking the PCT next
>  > year...stumbled upon this mailing list and thought I'd jump in...
>>  It's always fun to show up in the middle of a discussion, with no points
>>  reference.  One of you is a millionaire?  Elvis is giving a free concert @
>>  Crater Lake?!  All right!
>>  Can anyone recommend a good water filter? (Mine up and died on my last
>>  trip--I never liked it anyways...)  By "good," I mean: lightweight, easily
>>  operated by one person, lasts a good long time, and doesn't require
>>  down $50 every time you need to replace the cartridge.  My last filter was
>>  First Need, so don't bother recommending that one! :)
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