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petronius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-08-05 12:52 PM
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5. Actually, the water is not usually the problem
Poor personal hygiene is the real cause of most post-hike illnesses. Always wash your hands with soap (do NOT use soap in natural water sources, for personal or dish washing, and rinse dishes far from lakes/creeks) after elimination and before handling food or utensils. Make certain that your colleagues do likewise. If you want to be ultra-safe, then don't let anyone else prepare or handle your food. I always carry a container of hand sanitizer like Purell which I use after bathroom breaks and a regular intervals otherwise (it also doubles as an emergency fire starter).

I really don't think you have to worry about boiling wash water, unless you are in an area where the water is known to be contaminated. I assume you are car-camping to be carrying all that drinking water, so I imagine you'll be in a well-used area, but even so al little caution about where you get water should keep you safe.
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  -How long do you boil creek water to make it potable? intheflow  Aug-08-05 11:47 AM   #0 
  - at least two minutes  kenny blankenship   Aug-08-05 11:49 AM   #1 
  - Why not use the iodine  cally   Aug-08-05 11:50 AM   #2 
  - Most pathogens are destroyed by boiling point  kenny blankenship   Aug-08-05 11:53 AM   #4 
  - Well...  intheflow   Aug-08-05 12:53 PM   #6 
  - if youre up high enough  LastKnight   Aug-08-05 01:39 PM   #21 
  - Those filters and the drops  China_cat   Aug-08-05 01:27 PM   #14 
     - Actually good filters are highly effective  petronius   Aug-08-05 01:59 PM   #22 
  - Depends on the altitude  missb   Aug-08-05 11:51 AM   #3 
  - Actually, the water is not usually the problem  petronius   Aug-08-05 12:52 PM   #5 
  - Of course I'd never wash dishes in a creek!  intheflow   Aug-08-05 12:57 PM   #7 
  - Just make sure that your friends are as careful as you are  petronius   Aug-08-05 01:10 PM   #12 
     - My camping companion will be my son.  intheflow   Aug-08-05 01:37 PM   #20 
  - Actually in all of the US now and some of Canada  usedtobesick   Aug-08-05 01:01 PM   #9 
     - It's true that Giardia is widespread  petronius   Aug-08-05 01:28 PM   #15 
  - Thanks Everyone!  intheflow   Aug-08-05 12:58 PM   #8 
  - A few drops of bleach couldn't hurt, either.  Lars39   Aug-08-05 01:03 PM   #11 
  - Buy one of these:  Squatch   Aug-08-05 01:01 PM   #10 
  - For $130  intheflow   Aug-08-05 01:32 PM   #17 
     - It's worth it. I keep it in my first aid kit.  Squatch   Aug-08-05 01:35 PM   #19 
  - 3000 miles on the AT without treating the water. Never sick.  chaska   Aug-08-05 01:21 PM   #13 
  - Not fear so much as common sense.  intheflow   Aug-08-05 01:31 PM   #16 
     - Taking a few minutes to treat "small and fast-running"  Squatch   Aug-08-05 01:34 PM   #18 
  - Since you're high altitude, and have a cookstove anyway, IDEAL SOLUTION:  Rabrrrrrr   Aug-08-05 02:03 PM   #23 
 

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