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Drinking and Riding?

The Unforeseen Problem
Let’s say, hypothetically, that you’ve been up since 3 a.m. You spent a few hours in the saddle in the darkness before hiking 1,500 or so vertical feet and then side-hilling and glassing all day. You then descended the aforementioned 1,500 feet, which included tripping and falling on your face on a rock slide. You’re finally back on the horse headed back to camp (it’s dark again) and you’re thirsty—really thirsty. Did I mention that the hose of your high-tech “hydration system” is frozen solid? Luckily, you remember the Nalgene bottle of water you put in the saddlebag 15 or so hours ago.

As you raise the wide-mouth bottle to your parched lips, another problem becomes apparent: with every step of the horse, the water splashes over the sides of your face and onto your shirt. Water is everywhere but in your mouth. To stop the horse means losing sight of the guide’s mount, which seems like a bad idea. You laugh the cackle of a madman out of the comedic frustration of it all. There’s got to be a better way.

The $3 Solution
While wandering aimlessly around a outdoors store looking at things I don’t really need, I stumbled upon something that I really did need while riding that horse: the Guyot SplashGuard. This little silicone insert fits into the mouth of wide-topped bottles and makes drinking out of them a feat that can be performed in the saddle. It’s simple and it works. Gear doesn’t always have to be complicated.

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1 Response to Drinking and Riding?

Chuck wrote:
June 07, 2013

Keep your water inside your shirt in freezing temperatures. That will keep your water from freezing and it will be at body temperature which will keep from chilling you as you drink it in subzero temperatures. If you are eating anything but dry food in subzero temperatures, select what you want to eat for your next meal and put it inside your shirt. You won't have to defrost it first before you try to heat it. At night take your breakfast into your sleeping bag with you. It will be thawed and warm by breakfast even if you are sleeping in a snow cave.