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In the past, I have used a Katadyn Hiker Pro filter/pump. On our last trip, I took along some Katadyn MicroPur tablets. Since the pipe was running at Boot Spring, it was easy to just fill and treat. If you can find them, they work great.
If you search around the site, you'll find several threads on this subject.I've been using Aquamira chlorine-dioxide tablets in BiBe for almost 10 years, with no problems. This includes some still, scummy, or stagnant water that required some form of filtering before treatment. I use a bandana (or two, if necessary) to pre-filter. No extra weight or bulk, as I'm carrying the bandanas for other reasons anyway. I use a bailing cup to pour through the bandanas into a 1-quart Nalgene (typically carrying 2-3 of those between my wife & myself). Then from the Nalgene into a Platypus for >1-quart bulk tablet treatment. The bailing cup has been (at times) the bottom portion of a box-of-wine, or it could be our flat-packed Orikaso cup or bowl, both of which we're carrying anyway.I once shot a man in Reno -- wait, that's not right... Oh yeah, I once filled & treated a couple of gallons of water from Fresno Creek in the time it took another guy to pump 1 quart. A filter/pump in BiBe is unnecessary extra bulk and weight (in my opinion, of course), and they will fail notably if there's any grunge in the water.This is a pretty "hot" topic though. Some BiBe regulars here would agree with my approach, others are very loyal to their filters & pumps...
I'm surprised at how many use Aquamira drops.
Quote from: gtRidge on September 25, 2013, 02:59:19 PMI'm surprised at how many use Aquamira drops.If you haven't tried the tablets yet, you might want to. They are soooo fast to deploy. Whip out the swiss army knife scissors, cut the small, square, individual hermetically sealed tablet-pouch, drop in container, shake, stow away, keep on hiking...
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