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Droppers on Long Hikes?
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Roman Ryder
(RomanLA) - F

Locale: Southwest Louisiana
Droppers on Long Hikes? on 07/18/2009 10:48:26 MDT Print View

I currently have my deet, soap, sanitizer, and sunscreen in BPL droppers. I'm only doing one resupply on the JMT, so I'm a little concerned I may run out. Any opinions?

Charles Grier
(Rincon) - M

Locale: Desert Southwest
Droppers on Long Hikes? on 07/18/2009 12:06:49 MDT Print View

If you are only taking one dropper bottle of each, yeah, you will likely run out. Probably the one that will go first will be the hand sanitizer. I used a one ounce HDPE Nalgene bottle for mine and ran out a day before reaching Guitar Lake on my final leg after a MTR resupply. I resupplied at Tuolumne Meadows and Red's Meadow on the first half and was fine with full dropper bottles. My DEET was in a BPL dropper bottle, my sunscreen was in a larger version of the dropper bottle. Of course, I went after mosquito season so used hardly any DEET.

Edited by Rincon on 07/18/2009 12:07:41 MDT.

Jeff Riegner
(jethro) - F

Locale: The Mid-Atlantic flatlands
Droppers on 07/18/2009 13:54:47 MDT Print View

How have you found the droppers to work with more viscous liquids like sunscreen? Are they hard to dispense?

Charles Grier
(Rincon) - M

Locale: Desert Southwest
Droppers on 07/18/2009 14:21:44 MDT Print View

"Are they hard to dispense?"
In a nutshell, Yes! But, you can open up the nozzle using a heated needle.

Henry Blake
(Dragon) - F

Locale: Minnesota
Opening the nozzle on 07/21/2009 18:33:25 MDT Print View

I've successfully increased nozzle flow to my liking for various substances with a drill bit.