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I have a Corus. I love it.Right now I am mulling over a 6- or 7-night return for a Quemada Loop. I'd love an extended hike with only myself for my 50th. I am considering a new pack; I think I want an Osprey Exos 58 for trips that I do not have to haul camp for 3 - Osprey's AG system is tops.
I need a recommendation for a water filter. All I have now is a Steripen and I don't think that will be sufficient.Really looking forward to this and will follow this trip up with another visit to BiBe in December or February hopefully to a trail I've not tried before.
Quote from: PacingTheCage on September 07, 2017, 03:53:25 PMI need a recommendation for a water filter. All I have now is a Steripen and I don't think that will be sufficient.Really looking forward to this and will follow this trip up with another visit to BiBe in December or February hopefully to a trail I've not tried before.I've used the Sawyer Mini with great success. It's inexpensive and lightweight. You can use it to drink straight from the source or collect using the Sawyer pouch and filtering that way. I definitely recommend buying a 64 oz pouch or two instead of using the 16 oz that comes with it.
Hiking the OML with my youngest son and his father-in-law in November. It will be my son's first hike and first trip to BiBe. This will be our 1st OML hike.............I need a recommendation for a water filter. All I have now is a Steripen and I don't think that will be sufficient.
One trick that I've found handy is to bring along a 4- or 5- or 6-foot length of lightweight tubing which you can attach to the input of the Mini. That way, you can take advantage of any little pothole or spring you find along the way without even taking off your pack or stooping down. Just connect the filter to the tubing, drop the tubing into the water, and drink while standing. This has worked great for me. And with the long tubing, I've been able to access surprisingly large pools of mostly hidden water tucked deep down inside cracks of rock where the sun can't evaporate it That is one high-quality pro tip.
I dig the Sawyer Mini and I use them. I do miss the greater powers of the old pump filters. We were 6 days on the trail when we reached SW4 last April and I had to rely on run-off pools along the upper part of Boot Canyon trail. The water was basically tea, tasting and reflecting the color of the dry grass around even after filtered. It tasted somewhat like jasmine tea. I did not know West Texas Fescue made such good tea! No one got sick and it paired well with a lemon-lime gatorade packet.Untitled by Superhomer670, on Flickr
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