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RE: [pct-l] Iodine Tablets and Esbit Stoves

Prolonged exposure (6 months or more) may cause some people to develop
iodine toxicity. However, that generally isn't a problem in short trips.
Stay tuned to the PCTA Website. There will be a whole series of articles
posted on water purification. Hopefully shortly after CrestFest. I'll
announce it here when they are up. 

Esbit stoves along with alcohol stoves are becoming popular for weight
reduction. Each tablet will burn for aprox. 15 minutes, weighs 1/2 oz and
generates enough heat to boil 2 cups of water.  While not sufficient for
multiple people it works reasonably well for solo hikers. It does take some
practice, especially when cooking items like noodles that like to simmer for
a while. I used one on the last trip and it worked fine.

Ron "Fallingwater" Moak
Fallingwater Journals - www.fallingwater.com
Pacific Crest Trail Assoc. - www.pcta.org
American Long Distance Hikers Association - West -

 -----Original Message-----
From: 	Marge Prothman [mailto:margepr@cyberhighway.net] 
Sent:	Tuesday, September 14, 1999 1:40 PM
To:	Pct-l
Subject:	[pct-l] Iodine Tablets and Esbit Stoves

Have just come back from a great wilderness experience in the Sawtooth Mtns
in Idaho.
I am now convinced I have to get my pack weight reduced.

Has anyone used the iodine tablets for a period of 6 or 7 days and what if
any are the ill effects.
Also want to know about the Esbit stoves with fuel tablets, anyone used
these for 6 or 7 day periods?  What are the disadvantages.

Thanks,   Marge  (the old gal)

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