2014 Xtreme Hike for Cystic Fibrosis – Help Find the Cure

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On April 26, 2014, Team FiltersFast.com will embark on the 2014 Xtreme Hike for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  The purpose and goal is that all hikers receive donations to help medical and technological advancements in Cystic Fibrosis research for a cure.

These dedicated hikers will be hiking over 30 miles of the famed Appalachian Trail.  These men and women have been training hard for this adventure.  Part of the preparation includes a 3 month training program, daily workouts and weekly team hikes.

The hard work and dedication put forth, arises from the commitment of each team member. Each one has their own personal reason for participating, whether having a friend or family member affected by the disease, or being driven to do something charitable for a worthy cause.

FiltersFast.com, owner and hike participant Ray Scardigno, “Knowing my love of hiking and my love of a good challenge, a good friend of mine that has personal ties to CF asked if I would be interested in joining the Xtreme Hike to help raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.   I researched the foundation and found out how amazing they are and was extremely impressed with their accomplishments in working towards a cure for CF.  I went on training hikes with the group and learned more about Cystic Fibrosis by hearing the personal stories of those hikers who have loved ones with Cystic Fibrosis.  Since I started hiking the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has made great progress in the fight and hearing the promising updates on new drugs and treatments.  It has been a great challenge to be part of the Xtreme hike team and I hope that one day soon the donations will help push us to our goal of “Cure Found!”

Please consider making a donation to help Team FiltersFast.com.  FiltersFast.com will match each dollar donated up to $7,500!

 

Filtered Water… Camping and Backpacking Necessity

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(Photo by Keith Fialcowitz)

My husband has taken up backpacking as a hobby.  Little did I know the extent of gear needed for such a minimalist activity! I never gave much thought to specific gear that is needed to ensure safety while out in the wilderness.  Whether on an overnight trip or a longer, extended trip, having the proper gear can literally be the difference between comfort and misery or even life and death.

This has been a learning experience for me as I’ve watched my husband start out with basic gear like a backpack, sleeping bag, first aid kit, tent etc. then move onto more obscure gear like a headlamp, bear canister, backpacking stove and sanitation trowel (don’t ask).  The list can and does go on and on, with the ultimate goal being to pack as lightly as possible, while making sure you have all that you need for an enjoyable experience.

One aspect of backpacking that cannot be overlooked, even on the shortest trips, is a way to have clean, fresh drinking water.  It is not always possible or practical to bring all of the drinking water needed with you from home. While the water flowing down a mountain stream may look pure and refreshing, it is likely full of bacteria, parasites and other contaminates.  Drinking contaminated water can lead to a host of problems, least of which can include nausea, fever, diarrhea, vomiting and intense abdominal cramping.

Knowing this, I am determined to make sure my husband has safe drinking water each time he sets off on an adventure.   Luckily, there are many options available to achieve this goal.  FiltersFast.com has a variety of reusable, lightweight water bottles with built in filtration systems, such as:waterbottles

  • Katadyn MyBottle Water Purifier
  • Clear2GO – 20 oz. Vanity Bottle With Filter
  • Sawyer SP149 – Outdoor Filter Water Bottle

 

Aside from water bottles, other options include:

 

As you can see, there are numerous ways to purify drinking water while out in the wilderness.  It is such an important safety measure and cannot be disregarded.  If you have a backpacker or any kind of outdoorsy person in your life, consider visiting FiltersFast.com this holiday season for a gift that will ensure safety and provide peace of mind.

 

An Outdoor Lovers Dream: The Katadyn Endurance Pocket Microfilter

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As any outdoor loving person will tell you, having the essential supplies on hand before embarking on your trip is a necessity. After all, the thought of being stranded in the outdoors without the proper supplies is daunting, to say the least. One of the most critical items you will need is a way to filter the harmful water that you could run across in lakes, rivers, and streams. When this situation arises, you don’t want a filter that will not give you what you need. What you need is the longest lasting, most rugged microfilter available: the Katadyn Endurance Pocket Microfilter.

Backed by a lifetime warranty, the Katadyn Endurance is perfect for even the most extreme circumstances. Use it for camping, expeditions, or professional use. It doesn’t matter, the reliability and durability makes this a dream come true for any outdoor lover. By producing up to 100 times more water than most water filters, the Katadyn Endurance Pocket Microfilter is anything but standard.

All of these reasons are why FiltersFast.com has proudly carried the Katadyn Endurance Pocket Microfilter for many years.

Why risk relying on a filter that may not give you what you need? The Katadyn Endurance Pocket Microfilter gives you that and more with a durability that is rivaled by few.  Join the millions who have already experienced the Katadyn Endurance Pocket Microfilter and order yours today to have it delivered straight to your door.