I recall the sandal-clad ukulele carrying teachers we met on Silver Pass
had a Steripen and their battery died after just a few days. They
couldn't find the proper battery at VVR or Reds, so they were rather
upset about that thing.
we threw our MSR Hyperflow filter into the trash at VVR, after using it
for maybe 3 gallons up to that point. Lost one of the valves in the
river while trying the impossible backflush operation. We didn't filter
a drop after that and will have fond memories of dipping our cups into
refreshing cold small streams next to the trail forever. Drink smart,
save yourself the hassle and weight of a filter.
Jon Shannon wrote:
> I had the same miserable experience w/ steripen on this trip. I
> brought it along w/ 2 sets of spare batteries (at $13. per spare). The
> batteries in the pen had been used for about 3 days before I started
> the trip, and they went dead between Y.V and TM (day 1). I changed the
> batteries, but bought a new filter when we got to TM (though I have
> about a half dozen filters at home). The spare set of batteries lasted
> for 5 1/2 days (the best so far).
> I had put my 3rd and last set of spare batteries in my MTR resupply
> box so I broke out my new filter, with the idea that I would use my
> steripen again after MTR. Well, I found out to my surprise that using
> a typical filter was actually considerably quicker than stirring that
> pen in your water. When I did get my fresh batteries my steripen
> stayed in the bottom of my pack.
> Anybody want to buy a slightly used steripen? Cost me $99.95. I will
> include the new set of batteries. They're yours, AS IS, for $25.
> P.S. There was another group that had a steripen, with a similar
> miserable experience. They were going to complain loudly to steripen
> when they got home.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org
> <mailto:johnmuirtrail%40yahoogroups.com>, "Barbara Karagosian"
> <barbara@...> wrote:
> > Worked POORLY:
> > Steripen Adventurer - OMG! Worked great at home, worked great for 2
> > Then on day 3 at 100 Island Lake, the dreaded red flashing light came on
> > halfway thru a cycle.