I have water purification drops, they are packed away, couldn't tell you the name. They sell em at Radical Edge. I've never needed them yet but they are a big improvement over the iodine drops/tablets from a few years back. I know a few people that have the filter pumps but they are pricey and need maintenance.
If the water you are using is relatively clean it might be easiest to just boil it.
The beauty of canoes over kayaks is the extras you can bring.
you can get drip filters that work really well, i have one from katadyn that is basicaly a 2-3 gallon dry bag with a filter inside and a hose on the bottom the clean water comes from. works good and is fast and hands free. the one i have also has a charcoal insert so the water tastes great. it folds to about the size of a nalgene or less
Post by Ken Corbett on Jan 4, 2012 16:07:57 GMT -5
We used a charcoal filter that looked like an oversize Crayola crayon. We were out of beer and water after three days on the Nepisiguit, and had to use the filter for the next three days for all our water needs. It was blisterin' hot and we were drinking out of it all the time, basically chugging. Matt ended up getting beaver fever when he got back to Boston, and he lost so much weight he was emaciated.
Next time, I'm going to stash beer and water halfway down, uh huh.
I got a katadyn pump and used it often with never an illness. However, I try to boil all the pumped water in camp as extra precaution. I tend to take 8 litres worth of water storage on anything of 2 nights or more in duration.
Post by riveraddict on Jan 5, 2012 13:59:03 GMT -5
I have a Katadyn Combi water filter which is pretty bulletproof- it gets clogged and you sand it down. Simple but a lot of work to pump. I mostly use the Katadyn base camp bag filter now, but you will need a spare filter as I have clogged it on one trip filtering water from some muddy sources. You just hang it from a tree and put your water bottle, dishes to rinse, hand wash station, whatever else under. Both of these do not get rid of viruses, so if you are in an area where that is a concern, try the pristine brand water drops- they are the best (in my opinion).
I ended up Getting the Katadyn Hiker pro probably 3 years ago and it has worked well. I usually try to bleach the filter every new season. We have not got sick using it and will pump water from just about anywhere. Pumps easy and at a good rate.
Thinking I would like to get one of the SteriPEN to kill all the viruses this year.
A nice damp filter in the bottom of my closet all winter. Sounds like mold to me. I just soak it in a cup of water and a cap full of bleach for a few hours. Be sure to pump some fresh water through it first before you drink from it:)