Can you imagine your life without clean water?
Just for a moment, try to visualize what that would be like: your drinking water is infested with feces, showers are scarce if at all, and you’re probably really, really sick.
Not just sick with a cold. Sick with a fever. Vomiting. Chills. Headaches. Diarrhea.
Can you imagine that life?
You probably can’t. Because it’s unimaginable. And because no one should ever have to live without access to clean water.
People shouldn’t have to risk their lives every time they take a drink. Children shouldn’t die from waterborne disease before their 5th birthday.
And the United Nations agrees. In 2010, the organization deemed clean drinking water and sanitation essential human rights for all.
But illnesses due to poor water quality are still happening every day. And they're not going away. Not unless we do something…
Read the full article by Mandi Carozza on 52 Hike Challenge's website here.
May 8, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
My only complaint is that eventually, backflushing won’t be enough. These can clog up after some time and no amount of back flushing will fix its low flow. I went through 2 on the AT. However, it will attach to Smart Water Bottles and most bladders!
Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.
The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).