Frozen water pump/filter

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  1. jimmyjames8

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    Rock the Park episode where they are in Great Basin National Park and I guess it was below freezing. Their water filter/pump was frozen. They had to break out the stove and boil water for their hike up. Was looking at same kind of water apparatus the other day and had not considered that possibility. What ever happened to Steri Pens?
     
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    Always keep a full water bottle and your filter in your sleeping bag if the temps are going to be that cold. Then you can still make coffee in the morning and refill before heading out.
     
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    Yeah... Ok. Who doesn't clean out their pump/filter after use??

    For one. Water left in it will seep out and soak other things in your gear..

    For another. Standing water grows mold, mildew etc.

    In this case. Who doesn't know that if it's below freezing you put pump and bottles in your bag with you at night?

    I'm dumb. But if I werewere hard enough to overnight in winter. Even I know that my water and filter WILL freeze so I'd keep my stuff with me to keep it from freezing.

    Effing reality TV..... Normal people on it wouldn't make for "dramatic" aka watchable shows ....
     
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    Well like you said it's "reality" TV which is usually the opposite but in this case they were hiking in snow and I presume freezing temps and they pulled out their gear to fill up water bottles B4 hike to summit and the pump/filter was frozen. Stove and boil water was good back up plan but it screwed up their time table for getting up and down the mtn.
     
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    I had it happen, once. I pump mine as dry as I can when I'm done. But other than opening it up and air drying, you won't get all the water out. You can also turn your water bottles upside down. Ice starts at the top, so unless it's a hard freeze the ice will be at the bottom since it was upside down and you will still have water to drink. When it's cold the bottom of my sleeping bag gets a lot of stuff in it.