Ali Carr is a an outdoor gear expert, adventure travel writer, and television personality. Her writing has appeared in national publications such as Outside magazine, Men's Journal, ESPN.com, Sunset, Gear Patrol, Travel + Leisure, REI.com and more. She was an editor at Outside for six years when she had a chance to test the Katadyn BeFree. This is her story.
It was late fall when 12 of us decided to head into New Mexico’s Pecos Wilderness for a weekend in the mountains. The Aspens had started to turn golden, a few wildflowers clung onto the dog days of summer and the surrounding peaks were nearly snow-free.