Water is essential to life. In fact, the human body itself is made of 60-70% water. Staying hydrated during climbing, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, and even during normal daily activities is too important not to prioritize. But what are the best ways to stay hydrated on the trail? What are the best tools we can use to efficiently filter water when we're in the backcountry? How are some of the leading hydration system creators innovating to help deliver liquids in different situations? What systems are other outdoor adventurers using and are they effective?
|The Hydration Summit website, officially launching on June 4th.|
The two topic areas I'll be covering are how to pressurize standard hydration systems and an overview of one of Geigerrig's systems with a focus on their innovative pressurization feature. Bob Geiger, Vice President of Operations for Geigerrig, noted a number of shortcomings with hydration systems during his time as a rifle platoon commander for the United States Marine Corps. He found his platoon preferred flavored drinks to water, and cleaning the standard bladders in their hydration system was a challenge in the field. He also noticed that hydration wasn't the only use for water; the Marines used their systems to spray clean themselves, their equipment, and wounds. Standard hydration packs were limiting, and by noticing shortcomings and devising solutions, Geigerrig systems were born. I'm incredibly curious about the pressurization feature's effectiveness and its use for hiking, backpacking and other activities I participate in.
If hydration on the trail is important to you, beginning June 4th, join the Hydration Summit and weigh in. Log in using your Facebook, Twitter or Google accounts to share hydration stories of your own, or join any of the active discussions. If you're interested in learning more about who the other contributors are, visit the "Contributors" page. There's also a fantastic intro post up on Trail Sherpa. It's an incredible crew and it's going to be an incredible journey!