Hi Guys, another Kiwi joins the ranks, albeit one that is now lurking in the bush somewhere south of Sydney.
Somewhat late in joining up - I am 62 - but hey, while there's life in them thar legs....
On topic briefly: I chemically poison, or boil all the water I use in the Blue Mountains, Snowy Mountains, Victorian Alps, or any of the national parks on the coast.
I believe you don't need to boil water for any length of time to kill the critters. By the time the water is up to the boil anything that can harm you is dead. We used to boil for several minutes, but that is simply a waste of fuel. But that was in the days when we lugged 90lbs around.
Completely off topic: it is good to make acquaintance with the 'locals' ; I really appreciate the sound advice on BPL; thanks guys and gals, not forgetting the folks of the good ol' US of A.
BPL philosophy is international, but sometimes the practice of the art is national, or regional. My gear is now a mixture of NZ and Australian, and in a year or so some of it will be US when I do a walk over there.
That's fine; I am happy with the concept: we can all learn from one another. That's the fun of it.