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comment What is the safest way to purify water?
@BenCrowell You may be better debating that point in this thread (outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/1117/…) - I'm not an expert on this matter, I just choose to follow those who know better than me, and many have taught me to boil for a minute or two. I know of no microbes that can survive that temperature, then again I know of no microbes at all off the top of my head! You may well be right and it may well be overkill, and perhaps if I was really short on fuel I'd think otherwise.
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comment What is the safest way to purify water?
@BenCrowell Sure, but almost everyone who has an opinion on the matter will throw some form of "evidence" to back themselves up. I'd call your source into question on a number of points, for instance is raw milk often swarming with the same type of microbes that can be in backcountry water, or is it a more restricted subset that can't survive over 72C? Official guidelines also disagree with your assessment (water.epa.gov/drink/emerprep/emergencydisinfection.cfm#method), they recommend boiling for one minute. Of course, some microbes can even survive boiling indefinitely...
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comment What is the safest way to purify water?
@BenCrowell A hotly debated point - I've seen people argue for it both ways. Personally I prefer to boil for a bit longer because I've never had any trouble doing that, and don't really see the need to cut down with most of the hiking I do. I agree it may be safe to boil for less time though.
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comment What can I do with a retired rope and harness?
@theJollySin Good point there, not being a climber that's not something I really considered - but yes, making sure you can't grab the old rope is of paramount importance!
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