As I was contemplating the boondocking post, I became most philosophical and was naturally drawn to a topic that any good outdoorsman will understand. In fact, all of mankind can find kinship in this matter and that is in the need to eliminate. And further, I would care to venture that there is no better way to do this than in the wild. Yes, I am talking about going to the loo, taking a trip to the John, doing a number 2, or just plain ol’ shitting.
It was many years ago, as we were backpacking in Alaska that I discovered this delightful experience. The whole process was so pleasant and so unlike anything I had tried before that I was immediately gripped. With my usual tenacity I sought to learn more about the experience, and in my research discovered a most excellent book dedicated to the topic which I’ll highlight here:
How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art (9780898156270): by Kathleen Meyer (now in it’s 2nd edition)
So, as it turns out, I’m not the only one who’s pondered the mysteries of life’s free treasures, and this book is a fabulous introduction to the uninitiated. There is an etiquette to this art of course, such as digging a hole, burning or packing out your paper, and staying appropriately away from water sources. A simple “poo-pack” will do the job with a trowel, paper and matches (where allowed), and a little ziplock or bag to pack out whatever is appropriate.
But, practical bits aside, enjoying a morning poo with the beauty of the wilderness stretching before you gives a depth and perspective in life unlike any other. In all ways it’s a natural endeavor…the human body designed for the position, a soft breeze to fan those delicate areas, and a view that would rival the best-built loo in any million dollar mansion. It makes one think, if we could all just experience this bliss, peace would indeed abound on earth.
With that in mind, the remaining few shots of Quartzite: