Walking the Riverbed
I spend a lot of my free time in the wilderness. I keep returning, season after season, year after year, for the very same reasons. Nature, for me, is a friendly, and refreshing companion. I enjoy every season for what it has to offer. I love the backcountry, for its solitude and its undisturbed freshness.
One late summer day, many years ago, I was making my way along a northern riverbed, from an eight-day trek, into the alpine. I had made my way down into a valley, and was following a river back to my vehicle. My backpack was a bit lighter, and I was pushing hard to get back to my truck. Over a week of dehydrated meals and power bars had produced an intense craving for a good pizza and a very cold beer.
With only a few kilometers to go, I stopped in a nice shady spot and unloaded my back to gulp down some of this teeth-freezing northern river water. A drink of water to a thirsty body, is almost as important as a breath of air. I gulped about half a liter of this raging river, and felt a surge of energy flow through my tired, aching body. I threw my backpack on again, and with a renewed effort, I headed for my truck.
The sun was beginning its climb across the sky, and walking the river gravel was easy and pleasant. Upstream, I could see a sharp bend in the river and I was a little dismayed with the thought of having to enter the dark forest to continue my journey to the truck. As I neared the bend, I was relieved to see that I would be able to stay on the river bank, and in the sunshine.
My joy was short-lived. My gaze fell upon two ravens that were dining on a rotting moose carcass that lay on the river’s edge.
I had been drinking this moose-flavored river water!
Needless to say, that this became a very convincing argument for the purchase of my first LifeStraw.
The rest of my trip was filled with thoughts of water filters, and on how soon I could get one into my hands.
Today I own 2 water filters.
The LifeStraw, and the MSR Miniworks EX Microfilter Water Filter. The LifeStraw is always in my daypack and the MSR Miniworks EX Microfilter is a very frequent companion, depending on where I am headed, what I know about the area, and my length of stay.
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1 x 1 inches
- Product Weight: 2.08 ounces
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- Asin: B006QF3TW4
- Item Model Number: LSPHF017
- Average Customer Review: 4,6 out of 5 stars, based on 8,147 customer reviews
- Amazon’s Best Sellers Rank: #35 in Sports and Outdoors
- #1 in Camping and Hiking Water Filters
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
- removes bacteria and parasites
- removes up to 99.99% of waterborne protozoan cysts
- the microfiltration membrane removes 99. 99% of waterborne parasites; including E. coli, salmonella, giardia, and cryptosporidium
- removes the smallest microplastics found in the environment, down to 1 micron
- reduces turbidity down to 0.2 microns
- all claims are verified by rigorous testing with laboratories using standard testing protocols set by the US EPA, NSF, and ASTM for water purifiers
- long lifetime
- the microbiological filter will provide 4,000 liters/100 gallons of clean and safe drinking water with proper use and maintenance
- no shelf life
- no iodine taste
- perfect size for any emergency kit
- a must for your survival kit
- you can make an impact by purchasing a LifeStraw product
- for every LifeStraw product purchased, a school child in need receives safe drinking water for an entire school year
The Bad, and the Ugly
- do not allow the cartridge to freeze after initial use
- you must blow-out the residual water from the LifeStraw when finished drinking
- there is not much bad stuff to say about this product
How to Use the LifeStraw
Simple to use, just insert your LifeStraw into a water source and suck as you would with a regular drinking straw. No pumping and no moving parts. No need to wait for gravity to do any work for you. LifeStraw uses the same hollow tube technology as full-size water filters that has been resized for personal use. When you’re finished drinking, simply blow out the residual water in the filter and replace the end caps.
Water is a source of life. Without water, life is short and ugly. Outdoor activities require lots of water for rehydration. A water filter ensures you that the water you are drinking is safe. The LifeStraw has made this important condition very easy and inexpensive.
Why risk a water-borne illness or disease.
If you have any comments, questions, and/or suggestions about this wonderful product, do not hesitate to Contact Me. I reply to all of these in a timely manner.