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How to go in the woods. A review from years of practice.

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How to go in the woods. A review from years of practice.

Post by Harvey_Birdman on Sat Jan 24, 2015 1:43 am

WARNING: THIS POST IS ABOUT GOING TO THE BATHROOM IN PLACES WHERE THERE IS NO BATHROOM. IF YOU ARE SENSITIVE ABOUT TALKING ABOUT THAT SORT OF THING PLEASE GO NO FURTHER!

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So this is a subject that comes up quite often when I talk to folks about camping, and almost always when I talk about going out on multi-day trips.

What is the best way to do your business in the wild?

Well, I have tried many many different ways over the years. Many have worked, some have failed very very badly. It has been my experience the the very best way, to go in the woods, to find a tree that is about 2.5" to 3.5" in diameter. Put your feet close to the base of the tree about shoulder width apart, squat down, grab the tree, and lean back extending your arms all the way, with your pants pushed down as far as they will go. Now this does require so upper body strength, but it is the best way to ensure that nothing gets on your clothes, but still in a comfortable position for the process.

The second best way, and one that does not require much upper body strength, but does require so work before you can go is the double log method. In this method you must find 2 trees that are around 10" to 15" in diameter that are close together. Then you cut to logs that will support you weight, and span the gap between the trees. Log A will be lashed to the trees spanning the gap at about thigh high, and log B will be lashed on the other side of the trees spanning the gap, around chest high (depending on the size of your torso.) You then simply sit on log A and rest your back on Log B.

The second way is very comfortable, but because of the work involved I only use this method if I am going to be in the same camp multiple nights.

With these and any other methods it is important to remember a few basic tips.

1) Always dig a "Cat Hole" to go into. That can be covered back up when you are done. This keeps the smell down, and prevents the guy who camps there in a few days for stepping in your mess.

2) Always be mindful of waterways. Don't do your business where it will wash into a stream, river, or lake. You never know who might be drinking that water down stream.

3) Always be mindful of others. Don't go where others might be tempted to walk or set up camp. Whenever possible go somewhere hard to get to, or out of the way.

4) Always be mindful of the wind. You don't want to make a really nice bathroom only to discover that it is up wind from camp. It is no fun having that stink all night.

5) No matter how or where you go ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS face up hill!!!

I hope you found this useful and interesting. I know somebody was think it with all the talk about camping. It always seems to come up sooner or later.

What methods how you guys used?

God bless,
Chad
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Post by 12acrehome on Sat Jan 24, 2015 2:46 am

always be mindful of ants working on the log you sit across as well...DW had quite an experience with some less than happy ants who took issue with having their home umm fouled Wink

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Post by Harvey_Birdman on Sat Jan 24, 2015 2:51 am

12acrehome wrote:always be mindful of ants working on the log you sit across as well...DW had quite an experience with some less than happy ants who took issue with having their home umm fouled Wink

OH, Yes I forgot that one, watch for bees too. Yellow Jackets like to nest in the ground in the fall.
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Post by Rohn on Sat Jan 24, 2015 3:30 am

Practical advice and something we all have to consider if we spend any time in the woods.
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Post by Farmfresh on Sat Jan 24, 2015 4:52 am

And ... please bury your paper as well.  I don't know how many primitive camping spots I have been to and had to deal with soiled paper flying around in the woods.  YUCK!
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Post by 12acrehome on Sat Jan 24, 2015 7:12 am

Oh that's disgusting!!

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Post by Farmfresh on Sat Jan 24, 2015 8:35 am

It sure was.
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Post by dizzy on Sat Jan 24, 2015 10:02 am

If you use leaves, make sure you know what poison ivy looks like! I've heard of people grabbing leaves w/out knowing what they were to wipe with.

Oh, and oak leaves don't work the greatest.

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Post by Harvey_Birdman on Sat Jan 24, 2015 6:41 pm

I am all about learning primitive ways, and skills, but I always use TP. I told my wife that all of these people that are saving gold for when the "end of the world as we know it" should be saving TP because it will be the most valuable substance on earth once the grid goes down.
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