Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Look At Minimalism

The water sack in this plastic bag weighs 6 grams and fits in the palm of your hand. It was designed for the ultralight backpacker who is on a trail with enough water for hiking needs so that only one or two quart bottles are carried during the day.

Once in camp, a bucket of water is needed for cooking, cleaning up, and plenty of hot coffee.
The beauty of this sack is that it can be carried in the pocket to the water source, leaving all the other containers at camp. It can be filled and carried like a bucket and hung from a branch or set on the ground.
Water from the sack can be filtered as needed.
This sack holds one gallon of water.

The minimalistic concept is based upon need, not want.
I've seen thru hikers carry four old style nalgene bottles, weighting upwards of 20 ounces just for water capacity. Others carry four soda bottles, weighing 4-5 ounces. Some do a mix of containers, like a platypus, camelback, nalgene, and soda bottle.

There is need for water and constant hydration. Without hydration and properly treated water, the body can not function. The type of containers we carry for a trail depends on water sources, availability, and hiking style.

A sack can be used to capture water trickling off a rock. A flexible plastic bowl or cup can be used too. A funnel can also be made with a broad leaf or straw.
These trail tricks come in handy over the course of a dry summer.

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