What is your Klean Kanteen #MyBottleStory?
What’s so special about a reusable bottle?
It seems like a simple question. Isn’t it just for holding drinking water? Well yes, it is a tool for staying hydrated, but over time a reusable bottle has the potential to become much more than that. Our reusable bottle is always with us. When we travel, climb, cave, ski, run and even when we are at work, it becomes a most reliable companion. Our bottles are clipped to a harness as we scale rock faces, stuffed in packs as we descend into unknown caves, and balanced at our workstation as we move through the daily grind. With us through challenging conditions and important moments in life, our reusable bottles have the potential to become tangible emotional anchors to our most cherished experiences, and their dings, dents, and scratches create a personalized timeline of our adventure, challenges, and progression.
In 2005 when I picked up my first 32oz Klean Kanteen Classic, I could never have imagined just where this bottle would go with me. Over the past 16 years this bottle has been to 5199 meters above sea level at the top of Mt. Kenya and it’s also been 299 meters below ground in Pha Daeng Cave in Northern Thailand. It’s been part of countless climbing and caving expeditions around the world. It’s been in meetings with government officials as we seek to create policy change that will facilitate more egalitarian outdoor recreation opportunities here in Thailand, and with me during the Tham Luang Cave Rescue in Mae Sai in 2018. It was in my backpack at my wedding in Doi Angkhang in 2009, and now in 2021 as a father of two, it is with me as I adventure with my two daughters.
My bottle has been with me for everything I have done for the past 16 years and it shows it. It is covered in dents and dings, far more than I can count. Each alteration to its appearance represents a meaningful moment in my life; times when I overcame a challenge, experienced success and even failed. My bottle is part of my progression as a father, a husband, an adventurer and the way it looks reminds me of where I have come from and where I still have to go. I am proud of the way my bottle looks, and all the dings and dents it has collected often spark conversations with others, wondering about the wear it shows, asking about my adventures, and often it is these conversations that catalyze new connections, growth, and opportunity.
So what’s so special about my bottle? It’s my personalized map of life over the past 16 years, and I know that when it is with me, I will have the courage to push into the unknown, face challenges and continue my progression.
That’s #MyBottleStory, what’s yours?
Founder, Progression Equipment