During a recent foray into the wilds of Ohio, (Yes, Ohio has wilds, BION, like the Shawnee State Forest.), I often scooped up a Gatorade bottle full of snow, put it in my pocket to melt, and drank it straight up.
Should I have treated it with Aqua Mira or the equivalent? Should I have filtered. I suffered no ill effects, but did I just get lucky? Under what circumstances should we treat water, and when is it safe to defer?
More than once on the AT, I looked at the beautiful, clear water of some cascading mountain stream or piped spring and felt like an idiot treating the water with Aqua Mira, but I did so anyway. In my "yooth," I drank frequently from a beautiful piped spring near my house with no ill effect whatsoever. Temptations are great. Potentially negative consequences are dire.
What do ya'll think?