- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 2 edition (August 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0898156270
- ISBN-13: 978-0898156270
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #715,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Shit in the Woods, Second Edition: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art Paperback – August 1, 1994
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The Bible addressed the problem, probably in the first surviving form, by demanding that people walk away from others with a spear or spade, dig a hole, and cover it. That method works well where the traffic is light. It works less well on heavily traveled forest trails.
Meyer offers 102 pages of suggestions, anecdotes and solutions for novices who want to experience the woods, don't want to create a problem, recognize it's a necessary body function and must be addressed.
I'd recommend it for everyone who plans a trip into the outdoors and isn't already familiar with how to deal with the function in a way that's not objectionable to those who follow. I'd make it required reading for those who go to the areas I'm likely to visit.
Ms. Meyer punctilios not only techniques for maintaining privacy and decorum while relieving oneself, but the environmental consequences of so doing. She vents about fecal-born bacteria and disease and how to minimize contaminating surface and ground water. The precautions that must be taken to avoid disease when drinking backcountry water are discharged here, too.
There are also heaps of anecdotes and funny stories, that will have you rolling at the foibles of the less informed "eliminators." She covers methods for many types of terrain and ecosystems and also spouts information on the delicate subject of off-road "runs."
If you are planning a backcountry trip, guided or not, I'd suggest you "dig in" to this book before departing. Through its guidance you can avoid piles of potential embarressment and, at the same time, be more friendly to the environment. Urine good hands with Kathleen Meyer's book. No ifs, ands, or butts. And, wipe that smirk off your face!!!
At Camporees we always put this book in our latrine as many of our scouts like to read while doing their "duty." (Hey, it promotes Reading Merit Badge!).
My favorite use of this book is to recognize new District Executives and other Scouting Professionals by presenting this book to them at various Scouting events, usually right after they first land a job in our district (seems like we are getting new D.E.'s all the time) or saying thanks to Scouters in our district.
Anyone who loves this book will also like "Up Shit Creek" also produced by ICS and available from Amazon.
Ed Henderson Associate Editor - SCOUTER Magazine
Be sure to read this book with your children before sending them off to camp so they can come back to you as healthy as they left you.
I wish this book had been available before I went on my first backpacking expedition back in the early 80's. Thanks to the Powers That Be for freedom of the press and the unhindered flow of information.
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I have to say - I still do not know how to s*** in the woods. I followed the instructions to the letter - but somehow, I ended up s***ing in the car on the way to the woods.Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
In very good condition as I wanted to give it as a gift.Published 2 months ago by Peggy A. Johannsen
I ordered this for a friend for her birthday. She enjoyed it as much as we did. Practical and yet humorous.Published 5 months ago by Mary G. from Stg.,CA
Repetetive drivel and not much to learn for anybody with the basics in hand. No pun intended! ;).Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
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I have read it several times and loaned it to other who enjoyed it. It is very informative to say the least.Published on January 12, 2014 by THOM BORCHERT
Got this as a gag gift for my brother for christmas gift. All gags aside, it does have some interesting information in the book. Read morePublished on January 2, 2014 by DanKarlinski
Good humor and an actual lesson about the most basic part of living. Important for horseback trial riders, campers and bird watchers. Read morePublished on December 11, 2013 by T. Norris