|A hydration bladder with insulated hose and cold weather valve guard.|
First of all, when melting snow I want an easy target to pour water into the container without spilling it - so small mouthed bottles are out. Second of all, I like to drink fast, so the wide mouth enables this. I do however, use a "splash guard," which helps me not spill all over, and also makes pouring much easier.
|A water bottle with a splash guard, to help with pouring and drip free drinking.|
Depending on the length of the climb, I will generally pack one to two 32 oz. bottles and one 16 oz. bottle. The wide-mouth, ultralight 16 oz. bottle (with the lid strap) from Nalgene seems to be the hardest one to find in stores, but it is by far the most convenient in my eyes. I really like to have a small bottle to put in the top lid of my pack, so I have quick access to water without greatly altering the weight distribution. Additionally, this makes the best alpine thermos, when combined with a lightweight neoprene cozy.
|The best alpine thermos combination, a 16 oz. bottle and a neoprene cozy.|
I don't work for Nalgene, but this is just the system that works for me. Please, feel free to share your hydration system in the alpine with us!
Program & Expedition Coordinator