metalmountain wrote:The problem is the mouth pieces will still freeze. When you start getting below zero temps its basically impossible to keep them from freezing. Once its gets down in the teens (wind chill or temp) I stop using my camelback. Its just too much of a hassle in my opinion. Once the mouthpiece freezes up solid good luck getting it thawed out.
My go to method now is that I take my camelback bladder and store it as normal in my pack, I just disconnect the hose. The heat from my body seems to keep it from freezing up. Then I take my nalgene bottle, fill it up then wrap it in my extra fleece layer. The nalgene did start icing up after a few hours though. Once the nalgene is empty I just pull out the bladder and fill it back up. Was out at Mills Lake ice climbing Sunday in below zero temps all day and nothing froze up.
That's what I did for the first time on Little Bear. Worked great since I started off with hot water in my Camelbak. Just filled up my nalgene from my Camelbak and left my Camelbak wrapped in my backpack. How do you cap it off once you disconnect the hose?
I've thought about getting a MSR Dromedary water bag http://www.rei.com/product/733955/msr-dromlite-4-liter
and just filling my Nalgene up from that.
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