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Old 04-26-2010, 06:19 PM
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Default Filter then purify

Just curious if you all typically just filter your water while in the backcountry while in the park, or do you filter and then and then use purifier tabs? Got a Katadyn hiker, but just trying to figure if I should be purifying as well.

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Old 04-26-2010, 06:43 PM
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Can't help you there.I've been fishing in the smokies for 28 yrs.All I carry is a collapsable cup.Been drinking stream water for a long time with no ill effects.Just check for nymphs!
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Old 04-26-2010, 06:49 PM
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Katadyn Vario then consume.
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:30 PM
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I'm with you SWAMPUS, I dip and drink.
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:33 PM
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Depends on how thirsty you are. Me if I am camping in the backcountry and have fuel I will boil cus of my higher education. But if I am up on a small stream I will drink untill my thirst is quiched. Been doing that since 72 and never got sink yet. Although my 22 year younger fishing buddy thinks I will die every time.
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:44 PM
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Sooner or later....


I've been there. For me, it's not worth the risk of going there ever again.

I have a Purifier. If my buddy is along with his high-tech magic light thing we zap it with that too, just to be sure.

You can always over do it and nothing bad happens. "Under-do-it' and you might be in alot of agony.

Then again, you may never get sick. Luck of the draw with crypto and giardia.
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Old 04-26-2010, 09:11 PM
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I don't think you need to do both. E coli and Giardia are my two main concerns. I would make sure the filter can eliminate these. I use a MSR with a ceramic filter that was kind of pricy, but I don't won't to mess with treating or boiling water. I'll never forget one time years ago we camped a MT Wiliamson in the Sierras hiking, climbing, and taking photos of the Bighorn sheep. One afternoon after we had been drinking straight out of the creek for 2 or 3 days I walked upstream only to find a dead bloated Bighorn sheep right in the middle of the little stream we had been drinking out of. Got the water from above it the next couple days and bought a filter when I got home
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Old 04-26-2010, 10:36 PM
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I just treat with Aquamira. It's great stuff. I cant' really taste it but a friend says it tastes "sulfury". I have a filter but never carry it. I suppose if you're ridge hiking and have to pump out of small puddles, it's nice to have a filter so you're not drinking cloudy water, but if you treat it, you should be safe.

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Old 04-26-2010, 10:38 PM
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I've used a katadyn for years. I wouldn't go into the backcountry without it. I typically fill all my bottles at each stop then drink directly from the purifier until I'm full. The katadyn's a good one; I'm very comfortable with filtering only. Whatever you use, make sure it covers giardia. Not sure about the E. Coli thing in the park...
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Old 04-26-2010, 11:47 PM
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If you have animals or humans using the bath room in the vicinity of a spring or water source you can have a problem with it. I remember a couple years ago Ice Water Springs shelter had to be closed down because of unsanitary bath room habits in the area of the source of drinking water. Thats why a small spade or garden tool should be carried to bury all fecal matter and never use the bathroom within a couple hundred feet of a stream.
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