/ water purifier bottle for the alps
The only problem was you never really knew if it was working. I mean there was no indication of if it was still working or not and you had to count the number of liters it had been used for.
I was confident with it at first but after a month or so began to wonder.
Switched to iodine drops after that. Much better as you know they are working and can be used in any bottle. Much cheaper as well I reckon. Now, and for the alps, I'd just go with chlorine dioxide tablets and a piece muslin wrapped around your bottle with an elastic band for keeping big bits out when filling.
Greetings from Islamabad. I am presently using the Camelbak All clear. Extremely easy system to use. Just fill your bottle up, press the switch and shake for 60 seconds.
I've been using 'Drinksafe AQUAGUARD Micro '3 in 1' system' for a few years. A mate has also been using this - we've drunk out of some pretty manky water sources and it's been fine (including the Basingstoke Canal which is not, shall we say, a pristine mountain stream!). Used it all last week in the alps drank piste melt, streams, all kinds. I appear to be fine.
> If it's drinking from streams I wouldn't bother.
In the alps I absolutely would bother.
> In the alps I absolutely would bother.
Doesn't that rather depend upon where you are?
> Doesn't that rather depend upon where you are?
I guess so, but how are you going to know? The Alps are pretty high usage over most of the range and people shit right at the top. It isn't like the Scottish highlands and there are some nasty little organisms in many alpine streams.
I would rather have a filter as sometimes the only thing is a small pond/lake of melt water. You often don't have the luxury of a stream, and so it's nice to be able to strain the lumps out as well as kill the nasties.
cos the Aquaguard stuff filters water too, so no floaty things or sediment in it as well as no bugs.
I did take a katadyn bottle to India with me but not sure I would again.
agreed, there are some bugs (eg.threadworms) but you can actually see them.
if you drink them they give you a few hours of stomach ache - not very pleasant but harmless...
glacier water is fine if you avoid the grit.
so i would not bother carrying a filter.
I've used a Katadyn filter bottle. Took that and some regular bottles with tablets so that we could always be sure of getting at least a minimum of drinkable water out of the Katadyn bottle. We did well, right up to the point when a momentary loss of reason over a drink with ice in it lead to gastric chaos.
I wouldn't bother in the Alps though, as long as you apply lashings of common sense.
The Bobble Bottles along with purifying tablets are very popular for mountain walking in South Africa at the moment & I was given a couple while on hols there last year. Haven't seen them in outdoor shops here yet, but Amazon seems to sell them http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bobble-BPA-Free-Water-Bottle-Black/dp/B003LTFSAE/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=...
My only bugbear with them is the top part that screws onto the bottle easily splits, so don't over tighten them & don't fill to the top if there's a chance of freezing. Other than that they seem to work pretty well!
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