Water Treatment

There are many ways you can make backcountry water sources safe to drink, from chemical treatments to pump filters to UV light emitters, but these days it appears that one particular variety of water filtration system is cleaning up the competition: the Sawyer Squeeze and Squeeze Mini. (Both are essentially the same; the Mini is just…

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Regardless of the length of your trip, from a three-hour hike to a three-day or three-week expedition, all hikers should carry the 10 essentials—a list developed by the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department, the public agency responsible for the majority of search and rescue operations in New Hampshire. In this outdoor skills video, AMC…

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Keep your water fresh, clean, and tasting good with these simple tips. Mold and funk is best not drunk. To prevent the growth of destructive mold and other slimy yuckiness, always completely dry your water-treatment system before storing it at home. Sediment kills filters. If possible, avoid treating cloudy or gritty water, which can rapidly…

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If you’ve ever squatted awkwardly by a stream with a pump-operated water filter in hand, you know the drill: wayward hose, wobbly bottle, muscle-clenching workout. Maybe it’s time to try one of the other water-treatment methods that have proliferated in recent years. But first, you have to know your enemies. The biggest risk in the…

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