Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Water Purifiers(more on)
Re: Water Purifiers(more on)
Wed, 28 Oct 1998 08:37:08 -0500
Cooper Wright <CoopWright@AOL.COM> wrote:
> it does go up in the bear bag at night. We have used Polar Pure for years
> with no problems. It is handy, inexpensive and does the trick (as someone
> said 21,000 scouts can't be wrong). More interesting backpacking info can be
> found in the Philmont Advisor's Guide, a 54 page document written by me and
> another experienced Philmont advisor.
Although I would not dare to contradict the legends of Philmont :), I have a
personal story to share regarding iodine use. Back in the early 1980s a friend
and I hiked for 17 days in the Sierras on an ultralight adventure (18 pound
packs), purifying our water with iodine. I had no problems - other than the
taste - but my friend was not so lucky. He now takes radioactive iodine for a
thyroid condition brought on by hypersensitivity to iodine. He will take this
medication for the rest of his life.
I use a First Need filter now to remove all nasties from my drinking water
without the addition of chemicals. Their first model was hard to pump and
clogged often. Their newest model is the best purifier on the market for my
money. I've run several hundred gallons through it now without any problems,
and it seems to always be the last filter working on any group trip...
Tim Hewitt, Scoutmaster
Troop 350, Old Orchard Beach, Maine