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Hydration for Hunts

matechakeric

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how much faith do you put in water filtration/tablets? do you run mountain water through only 1 filtration system or do you use separate filters? or perhaps drop water tablets into the water after?

also, 2L, 3L, or 4L for hydration bladder in your pack?
 

wllm1313

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3L in pack sometime bring another bladder depending on the situation.

More and more I just use tablets, filter is more for summer or bigger group trips.
 

AlaskaHunter

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We have always done one either filter or tablets, not both.

Most of the time we use the Katydyn 10-liter base camp filter.
I like it because if it is a dry ridgetop camp, dropping down to pack up water,
we each will pack over 10 liters back up to camp.
For hunting, near water, hanging a 10-liter bag and letting gravity do all the work is nice also.

I've used tablets on sheep hunts when weight was a consideration.

We have had the steripen fail in murky glacial water....

Many thru-hikers like the sawyer squeeze filter and an old smartwater bottle.
 

Bambistew

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I have used a bunch of different filters over the years. I use a Platypus currently, have used the Sawyer mini and regular gravity, they plug up really easily, and flow goes south quick. The pump filters are not for me, and I don't like the taste of tablets, or want to wait the 30min to use/drink water. I do have a few tabs in my first aid kit just in case. I usually keep one 2L bag full and will bring another 2L and fill when I come across water depending on water scarcity, and also will fill my dirty water bag on return to camp, and try to leave a 2-3L full at camp. Sometimes we are not near a good water source, and its nice to not have to fetch water in the morning or evening when we get back to camp. My partner usually just has a 2-3L bladder and we share the camp water. Also at times when we are not moving camp but staying a while and when water is a long ways from camp, I'll bring one or two 4-5gal water bladders and fill it up and pack back to camp. Gravity filters are the way to go, IMO. The only thing tabs have is a tiny bit of weight savings. I can pack the extra 8oz.
 

Redman

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Steri pen and back up water tablets. Have a Katadyn pump but since the steri pen I don't use it. Platypus 2 L Big mouth bladder and 2 Nalgene bottles. One for creek water for the steri pen and the for clean water only.
 

matechakeric

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does katadyn do any bad stuff to your gut critters? anyone experience stomach issues after a few days on the tablets?
 

matechakeric

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I have used a bunch of different filters over the years. I use a Platypus currently, have used the Sawyer mini and regular gravity, they plug up really easily, and flow goes south quick. The pump filters are not for me, and I don't like the taste of tablets, or want to wait the 30min to use/drink water. I do have a few tabs in my first aid kit just in case. I usually keep one 2L bag full and will bring another 2L and fill when I come across water depending on water scarcity, and also will fill my dirty water bag on return to camp, and try to leave a 2-3L full at camp. Sometimes we are not near a good water source, and its nice to not have to fetch water in the morning or evening when we get back to camp. My partner usually just has a 2-3L bladder and we share the camp water. Also at times when we are not moving camp but staying a while and when water is a long ways from camp, I'll bring one or two 4-5gal water bladders and fill it up and pack back to camp. Gravity filters are the way to go, IMO. The only thing tabs have is a tiny bit of weight savings. I can pack the extra 8oz.
which gravity filter do you use?
 

Jc2020

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Steri pen and back up water tablets. Have a Katadyn pump but since the steri pen I don't use it. Platypus 2 L Big mouth bladder and 2 Nalgene bottles. One for creek water for the steri pen and the for clean water only.
I have a steri pen I haven’t used it yet I’ve been wondering how well they work
 

ccc23454

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I use a pump directly into a 3l camelbak and have spare 3l bag for camp and some odd waterbottles. I hate tab taste but carry couple tabs incase pump breaks (happened once) tried all filter types pumps work best for my style plus i hate chunky water (steripen).
 

nrpate05

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I usually carry two liters in a dromedary and a nalgene. Or a four liter depending on the situation. I usually use a pump but they are kind of a pain when it is cold. I get kind of paranoid about them freezing, so I usually put it in my sleeping bag which isn't great. Last backpack hunt I used tablets and I think I'm going to stick with that. A lot of mountain water is cleaner than you think, some is probably dirtier than you think too. I've never seen the need to double filter.
 

Redman

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I have a steri pen I haven’t used it yet I’ve been wondering how well they work
They work great but they don't filter out debris. If it isn't running water from a stream then I put a cloth over the mouth of my Nalgene bottle. You will get floaters sometimes but I just consider that extra protein.
 

pre6422hornet

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3L bladder in pack with a Sawyer Mini inline. I also carry an extra mini in my pack for stream drinking in a pinch and as a back up in case something happens to the Mini on the pack. Every night I take the mini off the bladder line and blow out the water and then wrap in a wool sock just as a precaution from freeze damage. Partner carries the same along with purification tablets.
 

RSET

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how much faith do you put in water filtration/tablets? do you run mountain water through only 1 filtration system or do you use separate filters? or perhaps drop water tablets into the water after?

also, 2L, 3L, or 4L for hydration bladder in your pack?
I've used a number of different filters (MSR, Katadyn, Sawyer) and remember on more than one occasion having an impending sense of doom...While on one backpack archery elk hunt in AZ, I was relegated to a small, stagnant puddle of water in the bedrock of a drainage. The water was solid green, with an abundance of larval mosquitos. I remember watching the larva swimmingly happily in my MSR dromedary bag while I gravity fed into my Camelback. Considering this was the only water source I could locate within a few miles, I'm sure I wasn't the only one using it. The water was nice and clear on the other end and actually tasted OK - no GI issues ensued (I didn't treat the water - only filtered it once). This past September I had a similar situation in the Gila, except cattle had been urinating/defecating in the only puddle of water could find. I can say definitively the Sawyer Squeeze cannot eliminate the taste of cow urine, but I didn't get sick ;-). I am no longer hesitant to drink water from backpacking filters - just make sure you don't let them freeze or otherwise get damaged. Because the Sawyers are pretty cheap, I usually replace them 1-2 times a year (immediately if I suspect they froze).
 
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