Hiking Tip: Winter Water Bottle Tip

If you’ve been hiking in the winter then you know what it’s like trying to keep your water from freezing. In this video Dane Cramer of Featherprop.com gives a quick an easy tip for keeping your water from freezing at the bottle neck.

What tips and techniques have you used?

4 thoughts on “Hiking Tip: Winter Water Bottle Tip

  • March 1, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    On Winter backpacking trips this can be a real challenge because you are out there for days, not hours. I carry a Camelback insulated bottle to drink from and a stainless steel thermos full of hot water. Throughout the day as my drinking bottle freezes up I pour in some of the hot water to melt the ice. Since I’m already boiling water to purify it there is no extra fuel used. Just have to be careful about drinking the water before it cools down 🙂

  • March 1, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    Spot on Dane.

    I believe it or not use a bladder. This can be quite a tricky endeavor on trail when temps are in the single digits or lower.

    Bite valvessels freeze and so does the residual left over in the feed line from one’side last drink.

    After you drink simply bite down on the bite valve and blow air back through the line clearing not only the bite valve but also the line itself.

    Dependent upon pack design you may feel a bulge in your back but all you are looking to do is clear the line.

  • March 1, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    Typos, sorry.


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