Water bladders are a wonderful invention and they work very well for many uses. There are times that I do not carry a bladder, yet still want water very accessible. My solution to this has been to make my own carrier using a few simple items and a used plastic water bottle. In this short climbing tips/how to video I demonstrate how you can make your own water bottle carrier using old water bottles, zip-ties, duct tape, athletic tape and string.
I like carrying water off of my harness to lower my center of gravity, especially during steep climbing. If the bottle leaks from my harness, my jacket or sleeping bag don’t get wet! Another reason I like drinking out of a bottle is so that I know how much water is left! It can be frustrating while using a hydration bladder to be half way up a climb thinking I have plenty of water left only to discover I am sucking the last of it down without knowing it.
I reuse the bottles several times until they start to get funky or develop a leak, then recycle them. I also like the price of these water bottles and holders!
May you have a safe, fun and successful adventure!
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