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(Salt Lake Tribune)   The proper way to poop in the woods. No, a bear did not write this article. Wasn't the pope either   (sltrib.com) divider line
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2021-09-21 9:00:34 AM  
The article doesn't mention it but some wag bags not only have the bacteria killing crystals (probably lye or something) but they have the absorbent mixed in.

For back country car or boat camping, I prefer the Cleanwaste WAG bags and portable toilet.  The toilet isn't require but it is packable, light and clean.  Again - for *car* and *boat* camping.  You can still carry the WAG bags in the backpack for pack-out areas if you wish.  Each WAG bag has a waste bag with the gel/bacteria powder already in it  This bag is probably about 3/4 the size of a tall kitchen bag so you can fold it over.  There is also a heavy mil zip-top bag that will contain everything after you are done.  Everything in the kit is (quickly) bio-degradable.

If you want to make your own bio-bags you can use various bio-degradable bags and go to a tractor or ranch supply store and get the powder they use for horse stalls and the like - it's pretty much the same thing that is in the WAG bag (sans bacteria crystals) and is cheap.
 
2021-09-21 9:26:37 AM  
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"So tell me, rabbit. Do you ever have problems with shiat sticking to your fur?"
 
2021-09-21 10:19:41 AM  
That paywall want's me to pay $150.00 for a one year subscription? LOL
 
2021-09-21 10:20:46 AM  
The author of that article really knows his shiat.
 
2021-09-21 10:20:50 AM  
Huh, I've been bringing a demo Home Depot toilet with me for all my hikes.
 
2021-09-21 10:21:34 AM  
It's more interesting in video form.

Big Wall Climbing: How NOT to Poop on El Capitan
Youtube 73aMK1dTCjY
 
2021-09-21 10:24:32 AM  
Someone tell the bears to stop pooping on the trails, then. I did a 26km hike on Sunday and saw three piles of bear poop... one was quite fresh and apparently it was a good blueberry crop in the area.
 
2021-09-21 10:25:42 AM  
On the Origin of Feces and Means of Natural Disposal, or the Preservation of


Favoured Places in the Struggle for Pooping

 
2021-09-21 10:28:58 AM  

UberDave: The article doesn't mention it but some wag bags not only have the bacteria killing crystals (probably lye or something) but they have the absorbent mixed in.

For back country car or boat camping, I prefer the Cleanwaste WAG bags and portable toilet.  The toilet isn't require but it is packable, light and clean.  Again - for *car* and *boat* camping.  You can still carry the WAG bags in the backpack for pack-out areas if you wish.  Each WAG bag has a waste bag with the gel/bacteria powder already in it  This bag is probably about 3/4 the size of a tall kitchen bag so you can fold it over.  There is also a heavy mil zip-top bag that will contain everything after you are done.  Everything in the kit is (quickly) bio-degradable.

If you want to make your own bio-bags you can use various bio-degradable bags and go to a tractor or ranch supply store and get the powder they use for horse stalls and the like - it's pretty much the same thing that is in the WAG bag (sans bacteria crystals) and is cheap.


Can you get the powder that also has Ivermectin?
 
2021-09-21 10:31:49 AM  
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2021-09-21 10:32:48 AM  

The Irresponsible Captain: It's more interesting in video form.

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/73aMK1dT​CjY]


Alternatively, find a copy of Art Davidson's book about the first winter ascent of Denali, "Minus 148".  He writes about dealing with the issue under cold conditions.
 
2021-09-21 10:33:27 AM  

The Irresponsible Captain: It's more interesting in video form.

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Surprised those aren't German climbers.
 
2021-09-21 10:38:37 AM  
You're not my poopervisor.
 
2021-09-21 10:41:56 AM  

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"So tell me, rabbit. Do you ever have problems with shiat sticking to your fur?"


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2021-09-21 10:43:26 AM  
Does that mean my dog's not supposed to eat it?

/do not have a dog
 
2021-09-21 10:44:27 AM  

abhorrent1: That paywall want's me to pay $150.00 for a one year subscription? LOL


I've been staring down the Week over renewing my subscription. I can subscribe anew with a card from the magazine they send me cheaper than the 4 dollars and something offer they mail me to continue with the subscription I've had for 8 years or more. They usually come down to a dollar something as I continue to approach the wall.

(I'd be more sympathetic to their rising costs and decreasing revenue if they didn't threaten me with termination six months before my subscription lapses, print baseless ugly accusations on the envelopes as if I'm in arrears.)
 
2021-09-21 10:45:00 AM  
I made my own "torpedo" for river trips. 5" PVC pipe sealed on one end with a glued cap, the other has a threaded end with a cap (think sewer cap, with the square nut in middle that screws on tight) Waterproof, leak proof. Fits easily along the bottom of a canoe or raft, lightweight.
It's about two ft long, fits in a tent bag that also holds baby wipes, a small water bottle with powdered laundry soap, some newspaper and plastic grocery bags.
Do your business on the newspaper, wipe, sprinkle with some powder, fold it all up, put it in a bag. twist and tie, then drop it in the tube.
A few tablespoons of powder in the tube helps with moisture buildup and keeps odor down. It's good for two people for 3-5 days or 4 people for a weekend trip.
Empty into dumpster.  Easy to clean with some bleach water.
If you can't get up close and personal with your bodily functions, stay home.
 
2021-09-21 10:45:23 AM  
🎵Everybody poops, sometimes...🎵
 
2021-09-21 10:49:16 AM  

Old_Chief_Scott: The author of that article really knows his shiat.


"By Melissa Fields | For the Utah Office of Tourism"

(I looked because right under the title it said "Sponsored")
 
2021-09-21 10:57:50 AM  
why the hell are all of you packing your poo out?  if you were in some cave system or at an underground lake sure but if you are just out in the wild dig a cat hole away from where anyone is likely to go (no pun intended) and away from water, squat, wipe with regular TP and cover it back up.

i'm all for, and insist that you pick up all your garbage and leave the place at least as good as you found it but come on with the poop.  you might be a real turd but your turds are no worse than any animal's, especially with them buried.
 
2021-09-21 11:01:56 AM  

tom baker's scarf: why the hell are all of you packing your poo out?


Because many wild areas have delicate ecosystems and you don't want people introducing their bugs into the environment.
 
2021-09-21 11:04:49 AM  

tom baker's scarf: why the hell are all of you packing your poo out?  if you were in some cave system or at an underground lake sure but if you are just out in the wild dig a cat hole away from where anyone is likely to go (no pun intended) and away from water, squat, wipe with regular TP and cover it back up.

i'm all for, and insist that you pick up all your garbage and leave the place at least as good as you found it but come on with the poop.  you might be a real turd but your turds are no worse than any animal's, especially with them buried.


It depends on where you are.  Cat holes are ok in forests and plains areas with rich soil and warm temps that will break things down quickly.

They are not ok on mountain tops, tundra, desert, or near water.
 
2021-09-21 11:08:52 AM  

tom baker's scarf: why the hell are all of you packing your poo out?  if you were in some cave system or at an underground lake sure but if you are just out in the wild dig a cat hole away from where anyone is likely to go (no pun intended) and away from water, squat, wipe with regular TP and cover it back up.

i'm all for, and insist that you pick up all your garbage and leave the place at least as good as you found it but come on with the poop.  you might be a real turd but your turds are no worse than any animal's, especially with them buried.


Wrong. Your thought cannot be completed as dialed. Please try your thought again later.
 
2021-09-21 11:10:26 AM  

tom baker's scarf: why the hell are all of you packing your poo out?  if you were in some cave system or at an underground lake sure but if you are just out in the wild dig a cat hole away from where anyone is likely to go (no pun intended) and away from water, squat, wipe with regular TP and cover it back up.

i'm all for, and insist that you pick up all your garbage and leave the place at least as good as you found it but come on with the poop.  you might be a real turd but your turds are no worse than any animal's, especially with them buried.


It's required for many areas. When I went backpacking in Canyonlands, we had to pack our poo out. Green river and Colorado river trips all require packing out of poo. Some environments are too fragile to handle being dug up, too dry to dig, too sterile to process much waste, or have too many people in a limited area (raft trips).
 
2021-09-21 11:19:59 AM  
I Poop directly into paper bags.

But first I write the name of my intended target on the bag so I leave the fiery poop bags at the correct house.

I also do this while camping.
 
2021-09-21 11:27:59 AM  
There is always horse poop on the trail in Double Trouble state park and my dog loves to eat it :/
 
2021-09-21 11:29:19 AM  

The Irresponsible Captain: It's more interesting in video form.

[YouTube video: Big Wall Climbing: How NOT to Poop on El Capitan]


Oh gawd.
Not clicking the scat porn snuff film where the climber plummets thousands of feet while the camera does a close-up of him "turtling" a giant log.
Not clicking.  Oh HTF no.
 
2021-09-21 11:38:30 AM  
Alway carry toilet paper so you don't ent up tearing the sleeves off your shirt to wipe.
 
2021-09-21 11:38:45 AM  
The Hikers Creed:

Leave nothing but footprints.

Take nothing but pictures.

Kill nothing but time.


The Hiker's Addendum:

Yes, my backpack smells like yesterday's chili because it is full of my feces.  I said to leave nothing and I meant it.
 
2021-09-21 11:44:38 AM  
Not my fetish.
 
2021-09-21 11:47:02 AM  

Trik: Alway carry toilet paper so you don't ent up tearing the sleeves off your shirt to wipe.


I have finished long marathon training runs with one less sock on more than one occasion.

/okay, two occasions.
 
2021-09-21 11:59:18 AM  

UberDave: The article doesn't mention it but some wag bags not only have the bacteria killing crystals (probably lye or something) but they have the absorbent mixed in.

For back country car or boat camping, I prefer the Cleanwaste WAG bags and portable toilet.  The toilet isn't require but it is packable, light and clean.  Again - for *car* and *boat* camping.  You can still carry the WAG bags in the backpack for pack-out areas if you wish.  Each WAG bag has a waste bag with the gel/bacteria powder already in it  This bag is probably about 3/4 the size of a tall kitchen bag so you can fold it over.  There is also a heavy mil zip-top bag that will contain everything after you are done.  Everything in the kit is (quickly) bio-degradable.

If you want to make your own bio-bags you can use various bio-degradable bags and go to a tractor or ranch supply store and get the powder they use for horse stalls and the like - it's pretty much the same thing that is in the WAG bag (sans bacteria crystals) and is cheap.


Only time I packed shiat out was on a glacier. I felt bad for the females.
 
2021-09-21 12:17:34 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Someone tell the bears to stop pooping on the trails, then. I did a 26km hike on Sunday and saw three piles of bear poop... one was quite fresh and apparently it was a good blueberry crop in the area.


Yep, it is weird that bears poop right on the trail.  I figure if bears do it then I can too as that is what nature wants.
 
2021-09-21 12:18:59 PM  

wingedkat: tom baker's scarf: why the hell are all of you packing your poo out?  if you were in some cave system or at an underground lake sure but if you are just out in the wild dig a cat hole away from where anyone is likely to go (no pun intended) and away from water, squat, wipe with regular TP and cover it back up.

i'm all for, and insist that you pick up all your garbage and leave the place at least as good as you found it but come on with the poop.  you might be a real turd but your turds are no worse than any animal's, especially with them buried.

It depends on where you are.  Cat holes are ok in forests and plains areas with rich soil and warm temps that will break things down quickly.

They are not ok on mountain tops, tundra, desert, or near water.


i agree with the near water. the way you can tell is i specifically mentioned water in my post.  As for the others; if the biological activity is so low that poop won't break down, what exactly, are you afraid of contaminating? oh no i added a tiny amount of water and nutrients to this barren landscape. sure the bacteria will nonviable within hours of water evaporating or it freezing but think of the effects 2oz of freeze dried poo will have on that pile of rocks or this berm of sand.

Are you packing out your pee too? how about the skin or hair you shed? you spit? your breath? what about the water you use to rinse out your cooking gear or the plastic that sloths off your gear?  my god what if you purify some water and then dump the extra back into the stream?  do you go back and de-compact the soil at every place you stepped, sat or laid down? what if you move a branch or a log? ever think that if the ecosystem is to frail to handle a small amount of buried poo you probably aren't doing it any favors just by being there?
 
2021-09-21 12:22:45 PM  
Well there is another way to catch a bear. Fill a pit with leaves and put some peas on it. When a bear comes to take a pea it will fall in.
 
2021-09-21 12:35:38 PM  

kdawg7736: Well there is another way to catch a bear. Fill a pit with leaves and put some peas on it. When a bear comes to take a pea it will fall in.


You forgot the ashes.  You fill the pit with ashes, so when the bear comes to take a pea, you kick him in the ashhole.
 
2021-09-21 12:39:55 PM  
Per BLM for Lost Coast Trail, N CA:

"While traveling on the coast, dig your hole in the intertidal zone (the wet sand near the ocean)."

Watch out for sneaker waves, it's the world's largest bidet 🌊!
 
2021-09-21 12:46:28 PM  
I spent some summers living in the high plains of New Mexico. I was taught to pack any paper out, but the waste was to be smeared on a flat rock where it would dry out and flake away in the wind.
 
2021-09-21 12:48:01 PM  

mrmopar5287: I spent some summers living in the high plains of New Mexico. I was taught to pack any paper out, but the waste was to be smeared on a flat rock where it would dry out and flake away in the wind.


Use a smooth rock like a spatula
 
2021-09-21 1:12:49 PM  
Serious question what do all the animals in the wild do with their poop????????????????
 
2021-09-21 2:09:10 PM  
Did Outward Bound course in the Colorado Rockies for 4 weeks.  No TP , No toilets. At camp a hole was dug out a ways behind some trees . You fill up a water bottle or cup with water and find some smooth dry sticks.  shiat in the hole , rinse your butt and wipe with the smooth sticks. DO NOT use leaves !

Also no shower or soap for 4 weeks, bathed in streams and lakes but they did allow tooth brush and toothpaste
This was all made even more fun if you happen to get giardia and have the sh%ts
 
2021-09-21 2:47:32 PM  
I find it hilarious that Charmin has chosen Bears as their spokes-cartoons because of their well-known proclivity for shiating in the woods.

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