Gear: You say hydration pack, I say party on my back

8:06 p.m. on July 19, 2010 (EDT)
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The other evening, I was walking to a restaurant here in Maine. The town was happening that night — a summer festival, boat races on the river, people out and about on foot and bike near a rail trail — when two young, fit-looking men got out of a nearby car. One, presumably a runner or hiker, was wearing a hydration pack, which I naturally noticed (the same way I instinctively look to...

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9:03 p.m. on July 19, 2010 (EDT)
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My friend puts alcohol in his camelBak also..He's the only one that I know of that does that, everyone else either puts water or some kind of sports drink in it.

11:04 p.m. on July 19, 2010 (EDT)
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Stainless Flasks are for booze.

I suggest Absolut steeped in fruit for 2 weeks, then strained. Flavored and strong to be cut with H20, or enjoyed neat.

As for the camelbak, and its use there, it at least shows ingenuity in terms of escaping detection.... Maybe Dude shouldn't brag aloud to maintain his gig, but...

If it was flushed the next day with a baking soda/H2O solution, then H2O, would that clean it?

And how does the material within react to alcohol? Would it cause disintegration? Apart from legality, that would be my only worry.

I can imagine a Camelbak clad gal at a nude beach, selling shots and earning a year's tuition.

1:10 a.m. on July 20, 2010 (EDT)
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When filled with alcohol does it then become a de-hydration pack???

4:25 a.m. on July 20, 2010 (EDT)
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This whole thread is dring me to drink! Where's Johnny!

Ed

7:39 a.m. on July 20, 2010 (EDT)
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When filled with alcohol does it then become a de-hydration pack???

"Dehydration pack" was part of my original headline.

Stainless Flasks are for booze.

Unless you are overly concerned about capacity, like this guy was.

8:02 a.m. on July 20, 2010 (EDT)
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Good God, how much liquor can one person drink in a night? A standard fifth of booze is 750ml, and your standard reservoir is upwards of 2 liters! Was he really carrying 2+ bottles of booze with him?!

8:04 a.m. on July 20, 2010 (EDT)
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Maybe he wanted to share?

7:42 p.m. on July 20, 2010 (EDT)
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I live in Louisiana and am a member of the LA Hiking Club. We have member who comes on all hikes with a 2 litter bladder full of ice cold beer. Never water, only beer.

10:03 p.m. on July 20, 2010 (EDT)
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Bethel kids...

10:09 p.m. on July 20, 2010 (EDT)
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Bethel kids...

Nice try! It was Hallowell though.

11:20 p.m. on July 20, 2010 (EDT)
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I always thought that people razzed me about having alcohol in my hydration pack because I am in my early twenties, which apparently predisposes me to constant drinking. Of course as soon as I convince someone its really water, the next question is "So, you're dehydrated from drinking last night?"

12:13 p.m. on July 21, 2010 (EDT)
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Oddly, I spoke to an ultra-marathoner recently who really praised a beer or two after 50 miles. He said that his metabolism was so fast by then that the booze bypassed his liver and was used as a complex carb. With several hundred calories, and convenient packaging, I think this deserves a try!

3:48 p.m. on July 21, 2010 (EDT)
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There's already a product called the Beerbelly (thebeerbelly.com) that does that, and as you can guess by the name, it is worn on the front for smuggling beer into events.

9:52 a.m. on July 22, 2010 (EDT)
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Seth, a friend of mine told me about a study that confirmed this belief, I was skeptical, but sure enough I found an article on it:

http://www.backpacker.com/beer_hydrate_water/blogs/daily_dirt/1074?utm_source=newsletter01&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter0


I started a separate thread in the off topic section, though I'm beginning to to think that it would have been perfectly appropriate here...oh well:

http://www.trailspace.com/forums/off-topic/topics/75539.html#75539

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