Originally Posted by pearen
I drink straight out of the Middle Fork (no filtration) for a week every year for the past decade and have never gotten sick. This is a non-issue.
Keith - the time of year that you go has the highest ratio of volume of water/giardia.
I was guest guiding for an outfitter and they were dipping straight from sidestreams without filtration. I got it.
And I know when learning to kayak I drank gallons of all kinds of water on Main Salmon Headwaters and Middle Fork but not in August.
The norovirus thing that happened last year is almost entirely related to poor sanitation not water filtration in my opinion.
Both at Boundary and Indian Creek there is very little active sanitation procedures being followed. As in no handwash stations setup since the groover is already there and the food is precooked, simple or heat and eat.
Think of a busy August on the river and how many people fly in and use the toilets and handles in those bathrooms. Boundary too. When was the last time you saw a handwash setup at the top of the ramp for anyone.
That's all I got.