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How to Shit in the Woods, 3rd Edition: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art Paperback – March 15, 2011
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About the Author
A longtime outdoorswoman, KATHLEEN MEYER is the founding editor of Headwaters, published by Friends of the River. Her travel essays have been included in the Travelers’ Tales anthologies A Woman’s Passion for Travel: More True Stories from a Woman’s World and Sand in My Bra and Other Misadventures: Funny Women Write from the Road. Her adventure memoir Barefoot Hearted: A Wild Life Among Wildlife was released by Villard in 2001. Whitewater rafter and canoeist, sea-kayaker and sailor, she is also a draft horse teamster, having traversed three Rocky Mountain states by horse-drawn wagon. Ever the nontraditional spirit, Meyer resides in an old, rather unrestored, dairy barn in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley and is available for interviews. Visit her Website www.KathleenintheWoods.net and hop onto her blog Shooting the Shit
Top Customer Reviews
To sum up the entire book:
Chapter 1. Why we poo, and the history of the toilet along with some amusing stories. Not practical.
Chapter 2. Dig your hole 6-8 inches deep because that's where bacteria that will help decompose your poo reside. Don't poo below the waterline or even the flood waterline, and do not do it close to any water source, and be mindful that It runs down hill.
Chapter 3. When you just can't dig a hole, figure it out. Lean back or spread wide then pack your poo out.
Chapter 4. Be sure to filter your water so you don't get the runs. If you do get the runs then be sure to clean up properly and leave no trace.
Chapter 5. For women, so admittedly I skimmed, but not much there that isn't common sense.
Chapter 6. When you have no T.P., try not to use plants. If you do, try to use dead plants and brush. If you have to use a live plant then do not massacre an entire plant or branch to satisfy your needs. Be selective and gather from multiple sources and use your common sense when using plants because some are sticky or pointy etc. As far as non-living T.P. goes, well, anything that works will work.
There are two main schools of thought about human waste in the wild. Bury it or pack it out. The author gives several good suggested methods for both. She clearly favors packing it out, and makes a compelling case for it.
Whichever mindset you favor, the author gives several good, specific examples of ways to implement it.
Apparently the author felt it necessary to explain how to do what comes naturally when nature calls. And this book provides highly entertaining as well as enlightening reading while nature takes its course. Now I'm reporting theoretically, because I did not purchase this book for my own use - I get nervous when I'm more than ten feet from an electrical outlet - but rather as a gift for a more intrepid friend. He assured me, in elliptical terms to avoid TMI overload, that this book does indeed fill in critical informational gaps and thus satisfy a vital need in the available resources for woods-s***ting.
But don't take my word for it. Get this book and start pooping!
In fact, let me save you the time:
1. Carry out whenever possible
2. If not possible, choose an area well out of trail traffic and at least 200 feet from a water source,.dig a cathole 6 - 8 inches deep using your trowel (after the deed is done), mix well with soil (using a mixing stick), and try to disguise the cathole.
Yes, its that simple. I was actually looking to get some insight into field sanitation, but found nothing more that what is available for free from any number of web sites.
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This book was a gift. I read it a number of years ago, in an earlier edition. The receiver is a girl who has just gotten interested in camping. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Albion Bob
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my girlfriend died laughing after she received this gift as a gag gift on our 6 month anniversary together. needlessly to say, there was a lot of laughs A+++Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very funny and informative book. Since reading it, I have become much more vigilant about treating AND filtering my water, instead of just one or the other.Published 9 months ago by C. Bauman