Whether we’re going to actually enjoy backpacking is still very much up in the air. That’s why my main goal – aside from the goal of making it to the top of Half Dome – is to do it as affordably as possible.
One thing that can get spendy is water filtration systems. You can spend $20 or you can spend $200. I choose $20, please!
That’s why I was really excited to find this filtration system available at a store with the initials W-M. Not proud, but they have an amazing camping gear selection at great prices – everywhere else, from Target to REI, either doesn’t have much of a selection or what they do have is for hikers who are also apparently really rich.
I had this baby with me on a hike to Mt. San Gorgonio recently and it was perfect! I was running low on water with about 3 miles to go on the trail. I passed a stream with some little waterfalls, filled up my bottle and attached the filter. Boom – fresh, ice cold, refreshing mountain water! I passed some rangers on the way down, and even they were impressed by the simple setup. It’s perfect for a day hiker.
What I like about this system is:
- It’s very, very light. Perfect for backpacking!
- It filters out pretty much everything, including giardia, which is the main bacteria in Yosemite’s water and it’s nasty, according to Richard Deutsch. And also according to the National Park Service.
- It’s versatile. You can use the straw to drink from your bottle, or use the filter to put filtered water directly in your bottle, or you can sip out of the enclosed collapsible envelope.
- It’s affordable. It cost me about $20 at the store, and you might be able to get it for even less on Amazon.
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