Week 3 of the Hydration Summit has come to a close and we’ve got some great new material! Last week we got in to some great discussions about how hydration needs change as you get old and tips for keeping your kids hydrated. We also some new perspectives on the hydration systems themselves. If you are just discovering the Hydration Summit, check out my round-ups of Week 1 and Week 2 then get involved!
June 18th –
Tiffany looks at the GeigerRig pressurized hydration engine from a new angle…what does it offer as a camp tool? How many jobs would be easier at camp with a little water pressure? From sharing water, to cleaning, to putting out fires…a good spray of water can be very useful. Check out her article and chime in with your thoughts on how you would use a pressurized system at camp.
We also got a nice review from Melissa, looking at the GeigerRig as a Family Friendly hydration system. She looks at how effective the spray technology is in sharing and caring for the entire family on the trail.
June 19th –
Ever the Boy Scout, Adam takes a look at the history and importance of hydration in the Boy Scouts of America. He takes us back to his early days in the Scouts when old surplus canteens were all the rage. Now, with hydration system technology so easily acquired, keeping the Scouts hydrated is a less daunting task for Scout Leaders and parents.
Ryan offers us a nice breakdown of the hydration systems and compares them by taste. Those of you have have been using hydration systems for a while are very familiar with the odd, plastic-y chemical flavor your water absorbs in the reservoir…especially after sloshing around all afternoon. Adding flavored, sugar drinks like GatorAid also can leave a residual flavor and odor in the reservoir. Ryan takes a look at which brands are the least offensive and gives some tips on how to reduce the offensive flavoring…hint: keep it clean!
June 20th –
We are seeing a huge increase in the over-50 set exploring and enjoying the outdoors. On my hike up to Kendrick Peak, I would say that the large majority of the people I saw on the trail that day were well over 50. Many of us have learned to enjoy the outdoors from our parents and quite a few of us still get to enjoy their company on our adventures. The importance of hydration is amplified for those more experienced explorers and adventurers. The body’s ability to recover and deal with outside stressers, like dehydration, is diminished with age. Erika covers this topic well in her article on Hydration for Adventurers over Fifty.
Brian takes his GeigerRig 1600 for a spin and has a chance to test out the main advantages of having a pressurized system. He walks us through using the GeigerRig to irrigate a wound, wash dishes at camp and share with his awesome trail pal, Coco.
June 21st –
We bounce from worrying about our parents’ hydration needs to considering the hydration of our children in Melissa’s article. She discusses the factors, besides heat, that can cause dehydration in children then discusses ways to monitor your child and make sure they stay sufficiently watered down.
Katie’s review is a no-nonsense look at whether or not the pressurized system is really all that necessary. For those of us who have used the traditional systems and the pressurized systems, it’s obvious that there are some benefits…but does it really become a necessity? Go read Katie’s article for yourself and let us know what you think.
Week four is kicked off with another 4-system comparison, this time by Whitney. Be sure to check out Whitney’s video review of the four different hydration systems. I agree with her criticism of the Osprey’s tube attachment…I really wish it was a quick-release tube like the others. About 5 1/2 minutes in she discusses the GeigerRig’s in-line filter and demonstrates it’s use. (about 12:15 into the video Whitney admits to being a “weirdo”….her words, not mine! hehe)
Go check out the Hydration Summit and keep checking back since new content is being added every day! Make sure you register and join in the conversation for a chance to win a GeigerRig Hydration System of your own.