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I have used the Katadyn Base Camp water filter for years in the BWCAW and Quetico. It has proved to be durable and reliable for a base camp system especially if I am staying at one site over a period of days. One issue that is important to remember is that as the filter is used, especially in water that has significant amounts of residue, the rate of flow through the filter slows. Only once have I had to replace a filter on a trip because it has been completely plugged by residue. Knowing that, I always bring along an extra filter if I am going to be depending on this system as my primary filtering system. It is worth the cost of an extra filter and the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the system has always delivered on its promise of clean drinking water.
I've used the Base Camp filter for about 6 years on my trips to Quetico Provincial Park and other places. It is a great labor/time saver. Just fill it, hang it, and let it do the rest of the work filling up a collapsible water container. I had to replace the filter cartridge once. Occasionally, when the flow slows down too much, I've needed to remove and clean the membrane pre-filter material around cartridge when it gets clogged with pollen or other debris.
I took the Base Camp to...
Submitted by:Anonymouson 7/25/2013
I took the Base Camp to the BWCA and it did not filter but 2 quarts before it stopped flowing. It was un-fixable although I tried. Had to boil water which made us have to ration fuel. Do not spend money on this product it will not work at least in the BWCAW
Bought the Base Camp model...
Submitted by:Anonymouson 4/23/2009
Bought the Base Camp model last year to use on a week long canoe/camp trip in northern WI. Never got 15 gallons of water out of it before it was totally clogged. Water was not silty. Good thing I had tablet back ups.
Recently our group of 12 people used a variety of water filtration devices on a 14-day Yukon Territory canoe trip. The Katadyn Base Camp proved to be the standout favorite. It was so simple to use and required no pumping. We just filled the 2.5 gallon bag, hung it up and watched it fill the water jugs. Nobody got sick, so I guess it did what is was supposed to do as far as removing the nasties from the water. Our water sources, the Teslin and Yukon Rivers, were fairly clear, so I don't know how well it would filter silty water. Would suggest reading the reviews on Trailspace.com before you buy.