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Gear Review – Osprey Talon 11 Pack

I recently went on a day hike in the desert and brought my Camelbak M.U.L.E. I’ve had this pack for at least ten years, maybe more. It’s been a good companion, holding 100 oz in the bladder and a few other items. Before my hike I had wanted to pack a rain jacket but didn’t have the room. Climbing over rocks later on, I got hot but didn’t have the space to stow my fleece. Then it rained on me. It was evident I needed something with more storage space…

Gear Review: Epic Water Filters Nano Pitcher and Nalgene OG

We should all take a moment to appreciate that here in the US, most of us have access to clean drinking water. Not everyone is so fortunate. When I was growing up, we didn’t have city water. Occasionally the well would go dry, and we’d have to gather up some quarters and haul water from the water tower. Even when the well was dry, we could still get water easily. The upside of that was whenever there was a boil advisory, or zebra mussels invaded the water tower, it didn’t…

What To Do In A Boil Water Advisory Order

I am a camper, hunter, hiker and survivalist. But water filtration has been one of those things I only think about when in those environments. But recently I had a major wake up call about how important it is every day. And my habits have changed due to the wake up call. So what was my wake up call…? Well it started at the gym. I was working out and went to the water fountain to get a drink between sets. As I watched the kid in front of me drinking…

Gear Review: The Answer Nalgene Bottle Water Filter System

I’m going to open this article up with a blanket statement, but I’m going to stand behind it: I would be positively amazed if you, dear reader, did not have a Nalgene water bottle taking up residence within 100 feet of you right now. Nalgene has risen like a BPA-free phoenix from its original humble beginnings as shatterproof laboratory containers to its current status as a brand name that defines an entire genus of rugged, brightly-colored dihydrogen monoxide containment apparatus. Simply put, everybody and their moms possess, utilize, and adore…

Bug Out Tip: Think Before You Drink

Water, water, everywhere but not a drop to drink, well not unless you want some pathogens swimming through your intestinal track. Without a doubt water is needed for survival. Three days without water and you die, and this “rule of thumb” doesn’t take into consideration physical exertion, wounds, illness, and environment. So now that we have established that water is crucial to survival we have to face the fact that long gone are the days that you could dip your cup into a pristine stream and chug water till your…

Review & Install How-To: Epic Smart Shield Water Filter

After the continued and quite satisfying success of my Epic Pure pitcher-type filter (read my review of the Epic Pure here), I decided to look to Epic again when it came time to upgrade my home water filtration. I wanted an under-sink water filtration system to hook into my home plumbing to free up some refrigerator space (pitcher filters can be bulky), and also to ensure that all the cold water that comes through my kitchen tap would be filtered. Off to Amazon I trotted, and found the Epic Smart…

Lead: The Perilous Poison in Your Tap Water

Lead is a killer.  To that statement, nobody is surprised.  The shock may be perhaps just how silently lead slips into our systems, not only in terms of its delivery often by aging public utility works or other modes, but also how it becomes absorbed into our human bodily systems.  More often than not, the serious harm of lead poisoning has long taken its toll on the physiology of a person before it exhibits itself overtly via a plethora of symptoms finally manifested in multiple forms of chronic illness.  It…