Get rid of your trowel!

Discussion in 'Hydration, Hygiene & Health' started by Sue, Jul 9, 2020.

  1. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Mike fae Dundee?
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  2. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    No, I don't think he'd have bothered about "privacy", and did he ever get his shelter up before he "hit the sleeping bag" ?? :whistling:
  3. dovidola

    dovidola Thru Hiker

    Actually the Hexpeak V4A is ideally constructed to facilitate a morning dump prior to departure. Ample room to pack everything away leaving just the shelter up, then dig a hole in privacy. But I've not done it - can't explain why, it just seems wrong.
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  4. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    I guess it depends if it's likely to be a place you or others are going to return to. If not ie. out in the back of beyond - well who cares anyways ?
    I guess it might keep you out of the rain/wind on a bad day :thumbsup:.
  5. dovidola

    dovidola Thru Hiker

    You're entirely right of course, but it just seems illogically akin to doing one on the middle of the living room carpet.
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  6. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Nothing wrong with dropping a donald in your tent as long as it's controlled. A couple of sheets of newspaper makes an effective compostable 'gift wrap' and you can then pop it in a bag for a proper burial further from camp. Sometimes, the weather is just so bad that going outside is a worse experience than unloading in your tent.
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  7. Rmr

    Rmr Section Hiker

    Never had to dump in a shelter so far, never even thought of it. Only a matter of time before someone posts the weight, a thread called S###e- Lite.
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  8. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Peeing in the porch has been done - especially when it's 'orrible outside - us ladies are a bit disadvantaged re. equipment in this dept. :bag:.
    Peeing in a pot in the inner also happens when the midges are bad :mad:.
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  9. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    I've done both:
    Cathole in porch in bad weather, and Teepees newspaper package takeaway when camped on a sensitive summit.

    **** happens!
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  10. Tartanferret

    Tartanferret Thru Hiker

    Wee in a beer can takes some dedication
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  11. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Pull quilt up, wee out of the porch beak, drop quilt again. Bum never even leaves the mat :) . Just a matter of time before a Richard is seen launched into a bush from my shelter lol.

    I would of course then bury it at least 100' from a water source etc.....
  12. dovidola

    dovidola Thru Hiker

    A wee is an entirely different matter. There are two types of bloke: those who wee in their mug/pot, and liars.

    Going back to the number twos, an ex-squaddie of my acquaintance tells me that when on exercise involving confinement to shelter, standard practice was to utilise a length of cling film spread strategically on the floor. However, the involuntary secondary pee which accompanies it can be a problem, because it's not going to hit the same target unaided. As he so delicately explained: "That's when you find out who your real mates are".
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  13. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    My mate said on the escape without getting caught exercise they poo'd in sandwich bags and stuffed them down their tops to keep their kidneys warm.
    Tempting but....
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  14. Bmblbzzz

    Bmblbzzz Ultralighter

    Hilarious!

    As to whether it's serious, the thing might be real but that advert has to be a spoof.

    On a more general note, Josie Dew (author of various books cycling in far-flung places) recommends using a raincape for privacy.
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  15. Baldy

    Baldy Thru Hiker

    We should combine this thread with ‘Show me your stools’

    :)
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  16. Lucille Vamoose

    Lucille Vamoose Backpacker

    Wizdom indeed: may I have the temerity to perhaps suggest the Gatewood Cape 1p?
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2020
  17. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Newspaper can take decades to breakdown... I've dug pages of newspapers up from late Victorian privvies!
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  18. Rmr

    Rmr Section Hiker

    You can get some newspapers today that still contain s***.
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  19. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Too true blue, too true :thumbsup:
  20. Lucille Vamoose

    Lucille Vamoose Backpacker

    You can get some newspapers today that still contain s***.


    Whilst not compostable, The Daily Tails of the Egregiously Expected, would be quite well repurposed to polish off a Lincoln Log whilst enjoying the moment on a member of the Uquip family of stools.

    I should update the WC section of Lighterpack. Quite possibly worth the extra packout weight. ;)
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  21. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Aye, true. I'm sure in the right conditions even the turd will be preserved in the newspaper (no one mention Rupert Murdoch).
    The newspaper breaks down fine in the compost heap though and its only wood pulp, not much different to bogroll and it is filled with something pretty rotten already.
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2020
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  22. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    :thumbsup:
    I compost newspapers, magazines, cardboard in the compost heap along with house and garden waste.
    Only trouble is if you get thick 'bundles' of paper and the worms cannot get between the layers/sheets.
    Mixing it all up and the stuff just disappears.
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  23. Heltrekker

    Heltrekker Section Hiker

    I thought the ink used for magazine printing was toxic, is this not an issue?
  24. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    I would have thought so too but - a good few years ago I remember Bob Flowerdew saying it was OK - tho' I cannot remember how he dealt with the ink problem - I just know he did.
    He may have changed his advice …….

    The Center for Alternative Technology in mid Wales also compost printed material - or they did when I was last there, again many years ago.

    PS. the worms and bugs survive/thrive so …… ??
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  25. Heltrekker

    Heltrekker Section Hiker

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