[Cdt-l] Desert water Filters

Doug Carlson doug-sue71 at comcast.net
Wed Dec 28 11:33:09 CST 2011

I am missing the trail, too.  I just lost 3 years to cancer related stuff,
but I am determined to get back out this summer and onward.  so I am
reworking my gear, want to lighten up.  

I do have a MSR miniworks but I have always disliked its slow performance
and weight.  I have liked its dependability.  


Reading reviews on the Steripen at REI is helpful and not helpful.   I have
time- but REI has free shipping through Dec 31.




From: Scott Piddington [mailto:sp2mtns at yahoo.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 9:56 AM
To: Doug Carlson
Subject: Re: Desert water Filters


Glad to help. Just realize that not all would agree with me. I don't get


I'd be happy to respond to other questions. I'm really missing the trail
these days.




From: Doug Carlson <doug-sue71 at comcast.net>
To: 'Scott Piddington' <sp2mtns at yahoo.com> 
Sent: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 9:41 AM
Subject: RE: Desert water Filters

I would consider you about as expert as they get on long distance hiking and
your recommendation of the steripen is serious stuff.  Thanks for posting
this to me.



From: Scott Piddington [mailto:sp2mtns at yahoo.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 9:32 AM
To: Doug Carlson; CDT-L CDT List Service
Subject: Desert water Filters


Hi Trew,

I am a big fan of the SteriPEN. 4 thru-hikes and still healthy. My thoughts
have already been posted here so I won't re-post the whole text. If you want
to read my opinions, go to: 



And have a great hike!




From: Doug Carlson <doug-sue71 at comcast.net>
To: cdt-l at backcountry.net 
Sent: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 8:23 AM
Subject: [Cdt-l] Desert water Filters

OK- expert advice needed.  When it comes to filtering water in the deserts
or arid areas what filter works the best for you?

I have posted this question on the Backpacker forums and many who hike in
the deserts say silt clogs filters very quickly.  they do not like the
dip/chemical/drink treatment and the few that  respond say the MRS miniworks
is the most reliable.  


So, hiking NM what would be the filter method of choice to avoid clogging
and disease?



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