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    Safe Drinking Water

    How do you provide safe drinking water for yourself in the back country?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xtreme View Post
    How do you provide safe drinking water for yourself in the back country?
    At the link below in REI is a good read on the subject and a short video clip.

    http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/arti...ckcountry.html

    Basically your choices include the below options to disinfect or treat your water.

    Pump-style filters and purifiers
    Gravity-fed filters and purifiers
    Ultraviolet light pen purifiers
    Sip/squeeze bottles with in-line filtering straws
    Chemical tablets
    Boiling

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    Excellent post Kevin! Xtreme, I have a Steripen (ultraviolet light) and love it.

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    I have a Katadyn Hiker Pro and a Steripen Adventurer Opti. I like the Hiker for doing large volumes at a base camp. I like the Steripen for light and fast.

    This year though, it might be the Sawyer Squeeze Filter. It just looks so fast and easy!

    Check out the video:

    http://www.sawyer.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitterroot Bulls View Post
    I have a Katadyn Hiker Pro and a Steripen Adventurer Opti. I like the Hiker for doing large volumes at a base camp. I like the Steripen for light and fast.

    This year though, it might be the Sawyer Squeeze Filter. It just looks so fast and easy!

    Check out the video:

    http://www.sawyer.com/
    BB...when you say "large volumes" I have been thinking of getting a filter to recharge the water tank in our camper. One place we hunt is a hour and a half from the nearest spigot, but there is a spring nearby with a 1 1/2" pipe filling a trough. What would someone use for that, to do say 20 to 40 gallons at a time. I have thought maybe a bag type gravity filter.

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    I would use a gravity filter in those circumstances.

    I use the Hiker for camp quanities up to a couple gallons or so.

    It seems like the Sawyer 3 way inline filter would be the best choice when rigged to a gravity system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Umpqua Hunter View Post
    BB...when you say "large volumes" I have been thinking of getting a filter to recharge the water tank in our camper. One place we hunt is a hour and a half from the nearest spigot, but there is a spring nearby with a 1 1/2" pipe filling a trough. What would someone use for that, to do say 20 to 40 gallons at a time. I have thought maybe a bag type gravity filter.
    Umpqua Hunter, I don't have this one below but when I bought my Katadyn Hiker Pro a while back I saw the below on their site. It might be a bit of overkill but perhaps not if you have large volumes to filter. If the water is pretty clear perhaps one of the chemical treatments would be a possible solution.

    http://www.katadyn.com/usen/katadyn-...yn-expedition/
    Last edited by Kevin Root; 04-24-2012 at 09:38 PM. Reason: typo

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    Umpqua Hunter , the gravity filter like what you and Bitterroot Bulls mention is the perhaps the most cost effective and easiest solution especially if you have the water coming from a hose or pipe. I've used the Katadyn Base Camp gravity fed one and it holds a pretty good amount of water. Something that could keep up with your water flow from that hose would be cool.

    The Sawyer looks cool Bitterroot Bulls. I saw that it got the, Editor's Choice Award by Backpacker Magazine in the April 2012.
    Last edited by Kevin Root; 04-24-2012 at 09:54 PM.

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    I also use a water filter pump type. Works well for me.

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    Kevin and BB...some very good leads there. Thanks!

 

 

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