Cat Holes, etc.
Posted by: old_user on Nov-22-06 4:56 PM (EST)
Thanks for writing an article on pooping in the woods. It's always a good reminder for us all to lower our impact.
I would, however, like to suggest a couple of amendments to the article.
1. Catholes should be deeper than the suggested 3-4 cm and they should only be used if no facilities are available and packing out waste is unrealistic. Catholes should be around 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) deep. According to the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, catholes should be "dug 6-8 inches deep and at least 200 feet from fresh water, camp, trails and drainages...the microbes found in organic soil will break down feces and the pathogens they contain".
2. Probably shouldn't poop in the ocean, especially near or on the shore. There is no strong evidence that salt water will break down pathogens quickly. Yuck. Some sources say it is okay to deposit feces 3 miles from land. I say, better to use another method, like the poop tube pack out.
3. It is a much better idea to pack out feminine hygeine materials than to burn them, which increases the risk of fires and half burned tampons (they are quite dense).
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Posted by: old_user on Nov-23-06 2:44 PM (EST)
Great Topic, where do humans and bears poop in the woods?, one with a shovel, one without...fortunately for me, my parents sent me to Camp Widjiwagen in Northern Minnesota for 2 summers in a row when i was only 14-15. What this article has detailed about digging cat holes was common practice on our canoe journeys into Ontario,Canada. The St. Paul Minneapolis Y sponsors Camp Widji and needs to know what great work they do by teaching that. We portaged heavy canvas over wood ribbed canoes. No beaching these canoes, we jumped out and lifted them onto land. Thanks Widji...My wife and i are now each into our own Kayak, she has a Liquid Logic, and i have an Aqua Fusion Breeze...we Kayak at Ada Hayden in Ames, Ia....thanks...hows my spelling?