I was somewhere in the Adirondack Mountains when I got dizzy and started to sway back and forth in my hiking boots. It couldn’t be that my muscles were giving out on me, because I’d only been on the trail for a few hours. It wasn’t long before I landed on the culprit: I’d only been drinking from my water bottle periodically, and I was incredibly dehydrated.
I chugged a bunch of water and made it to the summit that day, but when the hike was over, I went straight into town and bought myself a CamelBak Rim Runner 22 Hydration Pack. Since then, I’ve been significantly less parched on my ongoing expedition to scale the Adirondacks’ 46 peaks over 4,000 feet. I have seven in the bag so far and 39 to go—and it’s nice to know I’ll be sufficiently hydrated for all of them.
The lightweight backpack contains a rubber pouch that holds 2.5 liters of water, and a well-placed tube lets you sip without having to use your hands or stop moving. Now, instead of only drinking during breaks on the trail, I can constantly take in water as I work my way up the mountainside. I typically pack an extra bottle of water to refill the pouch in case it runs dry.
The pack isn’t too bulky, nor is it too small. It’s just the right size to fit a rain jacket, hat, gloves, and a dry pair of SmartWool socks. Oh—and a giant sandwich, of course, because why even hike if you’re not going to enjoy a lavish lunch at the summit? The backpack costs $100 (Buy It Here), and it’s available in three separate colors.
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