How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art

How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art


By (author) Kathleen Meyer

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  • Publisher: TEN SPEED PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 213mm x 10mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 4 April 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Berkeley CA
  • ISBN 10: 1580083633
  • ISBN 13: 9781580083638
  • Edition: 3
  • Edition statement: 3rd
  • Illustrations note: One Colour
  • Sales rank: 90,620

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This updated edition provides a guide to the art of 'going' out-of-doors. It deals with the whens, wheres, how, and what-nows, with chapters such as 'Anatomy of a crap' and 'For women only'.

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Author information

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 and hop onto her blog "Shooting the Shit"

Review quote

"Kathleen Meyer has contributed to environmental awareness while lending a grand old English word the respectability it hasn't had since Chaucer's day." --FRANK GRAHAM, "Audubon" magazine

Table of contents

Acknowledgments      viii Third Edition Preface      xii Original Preface      xvi Author’s Note      xviii     Chapter 1  Anatomy of a Crap       1 T. J. Crapper • Our Inhibitions • Learning Technique • Style • Getting Comfortable • Cautions • Preserving Dignity   Chapter 2  Digging the Hole      13 Why an Environmentally Sound Hole? • Transmission of Enteric Pathogens (Intestinal Diseases) • Giardia: Symptoms, Spreading, and Roaring Debate • Cryptosporidium • Actual Digging: Trowels, Soil Types, Security vs. Decomposition, Locating the High-Water Line, and Stirring • Peeing Is Different • T.P. • A Latrine • Ocean Disposal, or Not?   Chapter 3  When You Can’t Dig a Hole      33 Misery Loves Company • The “Soggies” • Extreme Adventure • Sensitive Ecosystems • High-Use Corridors • Packing-It-Out: History and Regulation • Enema Man • Group Shitarees: Discussion of Design Features • Washable-Reusable Carry-Out Toilets • Porta Potti • Do-It-Yourself Soil Can • Rentals   Chapter 4  Plight of the Solo Poop Packer      57 Higher Inspiration: Junko and Jim • Becoming a Poop Packer • Discussion of Solo Containers • Solo Poop Packer Systems • Do-It-Yourself Poop Tubes • Frosting a Rock/Smearing Curtailed   Chapter 5  Trekker’s Trots      73 Diarrhea and Prevention • “Disinfection,” “Sterilization,” and “Purification” • Waterborne Enteric Pathogens: Protozoa, Bacteria, and Viruses • Mechanical Field Water Filtration Systems • Ultraviolet Light • MIOX Purifier • First Need Matrix • The Halogens: Chlorine and Iodine • Rehydration Formula   Chapter 6  For Women Only:H ow Not to Pee in Your Boots      83 Penis Envy! • Women’s Stand-up Peeing • Pants vs. Skirts • Crotch-Accessible Clothing • Secrets of Avoiding Splatters and Showers • Born a Frontierswoman • Pee Rags • Managing Menstruation in the Wilds • Feminine Funnels or FUDs: Washable-Reusable and Disposable   Chapter 7  What? No T.P.? or Doing Without      97 Pinwheel, Prune Conserve, and Cowboy Schottische • My Mr. Neanderthal • Wilderness T.P. Alternatives: Various Cautions • Leaves (sticky, scabrous, prickly, hispidulous) • Snowballs, Sticks, Stones, and Pinecones • The Water Wipe • Road Apples/Eating Like a Horse     Definition of Shit      105 Afterword      111 About the Author      113