Oh, hey! Nixels spoke quite highly of you! Glad to have you along! I tend to be north in the summers, I don't know what this next summer will bring, but I'll definitely check out those folks if I'm in the area! They sound pretty interesting! Hang tight. I'll whip this thing into shape in the next week or so. Nothing but time! Sometimes. I've been learning that if I'm faced with a large pile of rocks, going slightly faster than walking speed is probably a good idea. I believe that this particular chunk of ugly was on an uphill incline, but I faced a lot of crap like that going downhill too. The more that I creep through this stuff and don't wreck horribly, the more confidence I build, which allows me to remain in control at faster speeds, as I'm not blinded by terror. I will freely admit that there have been times I have sort of cranked the throttle and hoped for the best, feeling completely out of control, but those times seemed incredibly dangerous. Three cheers for Pete's "Riding Clinic" anyhow! Yeah, his updates certainly made things a lot more interesting! Thanks again! If I keep getting into stuff like this, I'll be at least somewhat competent for the next HC rally, haha. I did get some pictures, but not many. For some reason I'm really uncomfortable photographing people? Especially as a relative stranger... Perspective indeed... TERRIFIED NEWBIE PERSPECTIVE! :eek1 Hope all is well with you! I was actually really surprised that I didn't drop it a bunch! I was frankly expecting to do so. I'm still not sure that I could have done that fully loaded... yikes. Thanks for dropping in! I may take you up on that offer when I'm in the area again! It's getting a bit chilly for me, so I'll be staying south for the winter, but who knows where next summer will take me! I enjoyed them too! I learned a LOT, and I wouldn't have had the confidence to do the Saline ride without the desensitization of the previous few days, haha. We'll meet again. Katadyn Hiker. I haven't had any problems with it yet, but the fact that you can't clean the filter is a definite drawback, for me. My previous filter was a Sweetwater, and you could take the filter element out and scrub it with a brush to unclog the pores. It lasted for around a decade before the plastic cracked and wouldn't hold a vacuum any longer. The Katadyn filters water quickly and packs down small, and was the cheapest one they had, so that's what I went with. Time will tell how long the filter will hold out, I try to extend it by adjusting the float so it isn't dragging in the silt and by only filtering moving water.