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2006-07-15, 03:21
This is for those of you using bladders. How do you gather creek water?

I have two types of bladders. One is a small-mouth Outdoor Products 2L bag, the other is a Platypus zipper-mouth 3L bag. Even with the wide zipper top on the Platypus, I can't seem to find a good way to fill the bag. I've ended up getting an 1.5L aluminium bottle, pretty much a large-size fuel container. The rigid bottle lets me submerge and fully fill, then I pour the water into my bladder. I can't help thinking there's a better solution.

A friend looked at me like an idiot when I mentioned this, until she realized I don't use a filter pump. I've been using Iodine (Potable Aqua) since I started backpacking, and I really don't want to change to a filter.

Any ideas?

Just Jeff
2006-07-15, 13:28
Find a small waterfall if you can. If you can't, make one. Get a leaf or stick to "funnel" the water off a rock into the bladder.

Otherwise, just use a bottle like you're talking about. Except re-use a soda bottle - probably much lighter and cheaper than the one you're using. And when it gets dirty you can just throw it away instead of cleaning it.

That's how I do it, anyway. YMMV.

Frolicking Dino
2006-07-15, 16:17
For really shallow water sources where the method Jeff sugggest is not possible, I have used a ziplock to fill my water bottle. It is slow, but works and is worth it when deeper water is many miles away. I have also used my windscreen to funnel water into a ziplock from seeps

2006-07-16, 00:01
I carry a 16oz nalgene to fill a platypus and mix gatorade in. I would reccomend micropur tabs over the potable aqua, kills more cooties. I'm currently rigging up a Seychelle drip filter with two platys like the Jacks use and reccomend. You can just search seychelle and find the thread. Filter and treat is the way to go.

2006-07-26, 21:33
I know what you are saying about not wanting to change to a filter. I've used bleach all my life, I've switched this year. I love the filter!!! You can fill your bladder with out getting it/your gear soaked and there is no wait. I've stopped carrying a 2 gallon water container and just pump what I need. I lost some weight and gain a little more with the filter, but I find it easier.

You've got the process down with the bottle, that's how I did it for years.....