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December 2008

Backcountry Water Treatment: What You Need to Know

Whether you choose to treat your backcountry water by boiling, filtering, chemical treatment, or UV radiation depends on a number of factors, like convenience, cost, and what might be in your water. Read our four-part backcountry water treatment series for ways to keep you and your water supply safe:

Part 1: Proper Hydration
Part 2: Keeping Your Water Supply Safe
Part 3: What is in Backcountry Water?
Part 4: Methods for Making Water Safe


2009 North American Ice Climbing Fests

Visitor Spending in National Parks Means Green to Local Economies


Express Yourself

If you’re a registered member of Trailspace, update your profile to take advantage of new member features. If you haven’t signed up yet, come join the community.

Recent User Reviews

GoLite Shadow hard shell pant

Mountain Hardwear Windstopper Tech fleece jacket

Trangia Mini Trangia alcohol stove

Stephenson's Warmlite 2R four-season tent

Optimus Nova+ liquid fuel stove

Suunto M-3G Leader compass

Mountain Hardwear Sub Zero SL down parka

Kasper & Richter Alpin compass

photo: Trangia Mini Trangia
Trangia Mini Trangia



photo: Mountain Hardwear Sub Zero SL Parka
Mountain Hardwear Sub Zero SL Parka



photo: The North Face Mountain 25
The North Face Mountain 25

The North Face Mountain 25 four-season tent

Patagonia R1 Flash Pullover fleece top

NEMO Morpho AR three-season tent

Black Diamond Orbit lantern

Montrail Hurricane Ridge XCR trail running shoe

La Sportiva Women's Glacier Evo mountaineering boot

Limmer Standard backpacking boot

Slumberjack Escape Bivy

Browse all user reviews by date, type, or brand.

Do you have a favorite -- or least favorite -- piece of gear? Write a review.

Forum Highlights

Winter backpacking in a hammock?

For the narrow footed...

Selecting my first non-rented snowshoes

Sleeping bag: nice synthetic or cheap down?

Bivy comparison

Hiking the Grand Canyon in January

Camping with man's best friend

Summer in Helgeland, Norway

Big Bend National Park (Nov. 8-15) - Trip Report

Join the conversation: all this and much more in the Trailspace forums

Trailspace Blog Hits

In Praise of Specialty Outdoor Stores

Gift Idea: Annual National Parks Pass Make Your Own Energy Bars

Spread the Warmth

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Trailspace Hats

photo: Trailspace Trail Runner Cap

The Trailspace Trail Runner Cap makes a great gift.

The Trail Runner and other great Trailspace hats are available at Gear for Adventure.

Sales and Specials


Get 20 percent off at CampSaver with an exclusive Trailspace coupon code good through December 23.


Spread the warmth! Get 30 percent off your next order at Horny Toad by donating your old items to charity.


Through December 19, take 20 percent off full-priced items and 10 percent extra off sale items at Moosejaw, plus get $5 2-day shipping on orders over $69.


Get 2-day shipping for $2 or overnight for $5 on orders over $100 at Rock/Creek, now through December 20.

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