milan wrote:Now tell me, which of your arrows points to a water source you may use safely without treatment?
None of them do. Its a pretty standard practice to treat/filter the water you take from unknown sources, which is what 95% of people would do anyways whether they discovered the water source from their topo or from 14ers.com. Yes, heavy metals are a different story and it would be useful to have a list of water bodies that contain them. Not every stream/lake/pond/puddle that contains water in a 10 mile radius of a 14er.
milan wrote:I have hiked in many other mountains around the world and I was always drinking from springs or fast flowing streems, less often from high pristine lakes and never had to treat water or filter it. First I did it in RMNP and people freaked out that I am going to die. Well, I learned that drinking from springs or fast flowing (oxygenated) streams tends to be safe.
If you want to drink untreated water, you need to do the research. Doesnt sound like a very good idea to post a bunch of potential water sources that people think
are OK to drink from without treatment