I need to get a proper water filter system. Any recommendations?
I haven't bought one in a few years so I am not up to date, but you should go to both rei.com and amazon.com to read reviews of what people have said on certain ones. for me, the company description is not enough... before I ever buy something I always read hands on consumer reviews.
I am an eagle scout, but I don't plan on much camping or backpacking this summer. when I was younger I did so much of it that I kind of got burnt out on it.
I love enjoying the outdoors, but not if it involves 45 pounds/a full load on your back and you are exhausted. I think I did 28 miles in one day once. we got lost. I also did an 8 day canoe trip in northern british columbia and almost got killed by a mama bear protecting her 3 cubs. I also got stranded in the sierra nevadas in california once in the snow without much food. I also had a member of our crew seriously sprain his ankle once deep in the woods of the cascades, and we had to carry him out on a makeshift stretcher. several camping trips where the person designated to bring the tent forgets it, oh those were good. also getting eating alive by mosquitoes, and accidentally spooking a moose and getting chased was pretty fun. also hiking mount rainier and almost falling into a crevice. and river rafting and getting tossed out on level 5 rapids.
I could go on forever. I love the experiences I have had and the skills I have gained that a lot of people lack these days, but I treasure every night I have in my bed at home. I remember reading statistics on camping in the seattle times once, and it was jaw-dropping the percentage of people who have not done an overnight camping trip, or a hike over a couple miles long.
if you got stranded in the woods and had to survive, I would probably be a good person to have with you.