Winter Hiking Needs

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Re: Winter Hiking Needs

Postby GregMiller » Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:06 am

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.


I've had decent luck so far with blowing back into the bladder, and keeping the mouthpiece tucked in my jacket. Not perfect, but I always carry nalgene of water and a nalgene of gatorade anyway, so I have backups anyway.
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Re: Winter Hiking Needs

Postby metalmountain » Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:10 am

farcedude wrote:
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.


I've had decent luck so far with blowing back into the bladder, and keeping the mouthpiece tucked in my jacket. Not perfect, but I always carry nalgene of water and a nalgene of gatorade anyway, so I have backups anyway.


I have about a 3 second attention span though. I used to try and keep it cleared, then I would get distracted for 10 minutes and forget to do it. Then I would go to take a drink and all I would have was a water flavored Popsicle :(
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Re: Winter Hiking Needs

Postby geojed » Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:34 am

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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Re: Winter Hiking Needs

Postby a94buff » Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:11 am

I have an insulated camelbak hose, kept the mouthpiece stuck in my jacket and still had a frozen line in about 25 minutes headed up to Grizzly D on Saturday in -7 wind chills. Must not have been blowing it out quite thoroughly enough. My new idea is to stick a toe warmer patch to the bladder, right about where the hose comes in, and see if that helps. I hate the idea of having to go into my pack everytime I need water so I'd love to find a solution to the hose issue!
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Re: Winter Hiking Needs

Postby a94buff » Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:29 am

Thanks for the tip!

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