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I carried a PUR Hiker filter on my thru-hike in '96, AND I always carried a
bottle of iodine tablets. Reasons:
1) Filters break sometimes. In So. Cal in '96 my Katadyn blew up, so I
picked up the pieces and ordered a PUR at the next telephone I got to. I
used iodine until I received the new filter. Actually, another thru-hiker
that year broke his PUR Hiker. Later, he got the "bug".
2) In some really gross water sources I don't trust filtration only. In '95
I needed water from the "cow-piss spring" along Butterbredt Canyon Rd. in
the Piutes. I'm glad I treated my filtered water with iodine because that
water was so bad I wouldn't take any chances with it.
3) The extra iodine tablets can be traded for food, supplies, etc.
I occasionally use iodine for short trips, but I would never consider it on
a long extended hike.
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