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by sparklehorse
August 1st, 2017, 4:17 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Drinking Stream Water
Replies: 73
Views: 8233

Re: Drinking Stream Water

I understand that Katadyn, who makes the Befree, was showing a 3L gravity system based off the Befree filter at the Outdoor Retailer expo in Denver. Looks like they are selling that online at REI now: https://www.rei.com/product/100657/katadyn-befree-gravity-water-filter-3-liter When I last checked...
by sparklehorse
July 31st, 2017, 12:06 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Drinking Stream Water
Replies: 73
Views: 8233

Re: Drinking Stream Water

Here's another filter option to throw out there. Last year I tried that new Katadyn BeFree filter and I liked it a lot. I'm using it again this year. It's somewhat similar to the Sawyer filters, but has a much improved flow rate, even vs. the Squeeze. They make a 1-liter bottle for it now (originall...
by sparklehorse
July 27th, 2017, 11:20 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Drinking Stream Water
Replies: 73
Views: 8233

Re: Drinking Stream Water

This is old news, but someone did an interesting meta-analysis that concluded: Published reports of confirmed giardiasis among outdoor recreationalists clearly demonstrate a high incidence among this population. However, the evidence for an association between drinking backcountry water and acquiri...
by sparklehorse
April 4th, 2017, 1:42 pm
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: GPS?
Replies: 15
Views: 2312

Re: GPS?

I keep my phone in a Lifeproof case. It's waterproof and shockproof, so I have no worries about dropping my phone. Gaia GPS is an awesome phone app. Expensive but worth it, and it is possible to upload previously captured tracks to it. They have a variety of map content you can download to your phon...
by sparklehorse
September 1st, 2016, 11:33 am
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: Review: Katadyn BeFree Water Filter System
Replies: 3
Views: 2697

Re: Review: Katadyn BeFree Water Filter System

I too had a catastrophic failure with a brand new BeFree, so count me as a skeptical adopter. See photo below. REI replaced that unit, and I used the new one on a recent 5-day trip in the Diamond Peak Wilderness. It worked well, but I'm not in love with the water balloon type flasks that are all you...
by sparklehorse
August 31st, 2016, 8:42 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Jefferson Park - Aug 27-28, 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 2486

Re: Jefferson Park - Aug 27-28, 2016

Great photos, and that lenticular cloud is amazing! What a treat that must have been.

Is that pano from an iPhone 6? My 6s shoots panos that are astonishing considering its lens is the size of a pencil eraser.

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by sparklehorse
August 30th, 2016, 9:22 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Diamond Peak Wilderness, 8/15-8/19
Replies: 6
Views: 2395

Re: Diamond Peak Wilderness, 8/15-8/19

Great TR and wonderful photos! I've done a few day hikes in that area so I recognized some of your locations. It's a beautiful area. Very dismaying about the amount of mosquitoes so late in the summer! Thanks Cheryl. Yeah this was one of the buggiest places I've been, easily on par with Indian Heav...
by sparklehorse
August 27th, 2016, 11:58 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Diamond Peak Wilderness, 8/15-8/19
Replies: 6
Views: 2395

Diamond Peak Wilderness, 8/15-8/19

1 Diamond Peak is the next major volcano south of the Three Sisters. Its summit sits at 8750’. Unlike most of its Cascade neighbors, Diamond Peak is a shield volcano. This type of volcano tends to build up a broad, flat profile over time compared to the much pointier stratovolcanos like Mt. Hood or...
by sparklehorse
July 28th, 2016, 8:12 am
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: Lunch ideas for a 7-day trip
Replies: 17
Views: 4317

Re: Lunch ideas for a 7-day trip

I must not be prone to food exhaustion, because I can eat the same thing day after day no problem. For backpacking I like keep things simple by sticking to bagels and peanut butter for lunch each day. Fresh bagels keep well for at least 4 days, longer if the daytime temps aren't too warm. Unlike bre...
by sparklehorse
June 20th, 2016, 12:11 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Trinity Alps June 11-15 2016
Replies: 4
Views: 1750

Re: Trinity Alps June 11-15 2016

Thanks for posting this. Looks like you had great weather for your trip. This area has been on my short list for a long time. I gotta get down there soon. G I have to ask you this... Is your name a reference to Twilight Sparkle from MLP:FiM? Because SparkleHorse is a common nickname the fans give h...