Boiling + filtering = too much?

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Boiling + filtering = too much?

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Hi,

I'm getting ready for my first trip to the island, and very excited! Going from Rock Harbor to Windigo. Question about water treatment.... I'm planning to bring my old Whisperlite, buying fuel at Rock Harbor, and boiling water in the am and pm. I was also going to bring a filter, mostly because I initially misread the water treatment guidance to read "boil + filter" as opposed to "filter + treat". So now I am wondering whether I can simply boil water for treatment, and maybe just bring the filter as backup (or not at all, which seems risky if the stove kicks the bucket). I don't have a sense about whether the water will have lots of particles in it, which might make my boil-only strategy not that great.

Thanks for any advice!
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I just filter. You'll use a lot of fuel if you boil.

By the way, be aware that you can take fuel with you on the ferry, just not if you come by plane.
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Re: Boiling + filtering = too much?

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I'm a filter only person too.

A proper filter is all you really need in the back country of North America.
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Re: Boiling + filtering = too much?

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Most folks (and I) filter only with a good .2 micron or better filter. The "+ treat" seems to be an abundance of caution on the part of the NPS. Boiling alone will kill about anything that would harm you, but most opt for the convenience of a filter--gravity systems are particularly handy. And while the water from the lakes is generally pretty clear, you do have the particle issue in addition to the fuel and time it takes to boil.
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Re: Boiling + filtering = too much?

Post by Midwest Ed »

Ditto the other responses. Just boiling requires a lot more fuel. Plus there will be the occasions when you roll into camp with empty water bottles, very thirsty, only look forward to a wait for the boil and a longer one for it to cool. Pre-filtering is always a good recommendation when the source has any visible contamination. Most sub-micron filters will require less maintenance and if you are just boiling, the water will taste a bit less "soupy". Coffee filters are a good pre-filter choice.
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Re: Boiling + filtering = too much?

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MJ73 wrote: Sun May 30, 2021 11:47 am Hi,

I'm getting ready for my first trip to the island, and very excited! Going from Rock Harbor to Windigo. Question about water treatment.... I'm planning to bring my old Whisperlite, buying fuel at Rock Harbor, and boiling water in the am and pm. I was also going to bring a filter, mostly because I initially misread the water treatment guidance to read "boil + filter" as opposed to "filter + treat". So now I am wondering whether I can simply boil water for treatment, and maybe just bring the filter as backup (or not at all, which seems risky if the stove kicks the bucket). I don't have a sense about whether the water will have lots of particles in it, which might make my boil-only strategy not that great.

Thanks for any advice!
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I am also a "filter only" person. Check to make sure there aren't any algae issues at any of the inland lakes. I am a fan of the filters that allow you to either clean them (ceramic filter element) or backflush.
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Re: Boiling + filtering = too much?

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Thanks, everyone! Looks like I can bring less fuel now, and plan on filtration for much of the water. Saves me buying a bigger fuel bottle....
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