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  toilet paper disposal
  Posted by: canoecamp on Nov-22-06 9:33 AM (EST)

hi Kevin, great article!
We use to carry paper sandwich bags to collect the used TP and burn those later as the last duty of the day before the campfire is drowsed.
On longer trip, we use a sponge instead of the TP-you just can't carry enough paper for a 3 week family trip of 4.....

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  Already a book on this subject
  Posted by: chuck2blades on Nov-22-06 10:00 AM (EST)
Good article Kevin - guess you know that a book has been in existence for some time - on this very subject......the actual title is "How to Shit in the Woods"..........very much the same as your major points. It does point out some of the finer points also - like consideration for wind & terrain (always get downwind and downhill if at all possible) you know - there are only a couple worse surprises than discovering a previously used campsite - even in the Quetico (for example) when people were less than thoughtful or planful.
  joe duty head
  Posted by: old_user on Dec-12-07 2:44 PM (EST)
do you really need awhole book on this subject?was it paperback or hardcover?- bert-
  Pooping Perfectly
  Posted by: old_user on Nov-22-06 11:43 AM (EST)
Kevin Callan wrote: "Write up a poop plan and stick to it". I hope you didn't mean "stick to it" literally. ;-)

Good article and just one more great example of using a good sense of humor to negotiate a tricky issue.

I have the book "How to shit in the woods" by Kathleen Meyer. It's a must read for every canoe camper IMHO. Of course I also have a copy of "The Happy Camper" and highly recommend it as well. We look forward to your Canoeacopia presentations every year.

Thanks again for the great articles!
  The Perfect Poop...
  Posted by: old_user on Nov-22-06 11:49 AM (EST)
A well written piece. For wilderness group camping less impact is caused by digging a group cat-hole, (a latrine)so that all know where to go, when it is occupied, and can be covered without a trace once camp is broken.
  woods duty
  Posted by: old_user on Dec-12-07 2:33 PM (EST)
why wait the ten minutes before roasting the marshmellos?
  Poop in the surf
  Posted by: old_user on Nov-22-06 12:46 PM (EST)
I'm surprised that for an aquatic group trying to use TP in the water didn't raise some flags. Most of my kayaking has been in the marine or big water environments and where possible surf poop is the preferred technique. You've just used the ocean as a toilet; it's also the most conveninet bidet. That way there's no TP to worry about. I also tried to imagine someone wiping w/ TP while navel-deep in the water.....
  poop in the sea
  Posted by: old_user on Nov-24-06 6:14 PM (EST)
i was gonna say the same thing you said. when yer in the water waist deep,, you just go and then "wash" your parts,and your done. you get out of the water cleaner then when you go in, YES,ive done it plenty of times,,but not in the ocean,,just lakes and rivers and such.

  Can anyone help......
  Posted by: chodups on Apr-29-07 6:14 PM (EST) find that article?
  your duty stinks
  Posted by: old_user on Dec-12-07 2:41 PM (EST)
did you have more than one sponge? or to travel light just the shared one?


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