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Everybody Poops

Post by jhaight » Sun Jun 14, 2015 1:32 pm

When my son was very little we enjoyed reading Everybody Poops by Taro Gomi. I was thinking of the book recently as it relates to the situation at Graining Fork Nature Preserve, aka Roadside. Even with the limits we are approaching 2000 registered visitors plus many non-registered users to Roadside in the last approx. 2.5 months. The rules of Graining Fork Nature Preserve state: Pack it in – Pack it out, including your poo, no catholes (based on Leave No Trace www.lnt.org). Of course, not everyone does. Some of the users of the preserve are defecating very near (occasionaly right under!?) the climbing areas and leaving their toilet paper etc. on top of the ground. Catholes are probably better than on top of the ground but with the small area and number of poopers etc., that also creates problems. That pretty much leaves it to two options. Pack it out, or walk back to your car and go to a facility somewhere. As recently as last week we talked to the county judge executive, mayor, and health department about us putting some infrastructure near the parking area (a problem area also). It will happen eventually but it is going to be an expensive and long term process. Porta potties are a possibility but because of the location it would be very difficult to limit the users, maintain them etc. We thought about requiring WAG bags if you enter the area similar to many other climbing areas out west and other places we have been. Any thoughts or ideas?

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Re: Everybody Poops

Post by dustonian » Sun Jun 14, 2015 7:09 pm

Access Fund grant/crowdfunding for a self-composting pit toilet somewhere on Preserve property/along the trail?

Thanks for your efforts!!

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Re: Everybody Poops

Post by shadow.ayala » Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:20 am

I have been climbing for over 15 years and a some of that time has been full time. I NEVER shit @the crag and people who say that they can't help it are WRONG.

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Re: Everybody Poops

Post by krampus » Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:36 am

My theory is this, most people have never crapped in a wag bag because at first glance its grody and difficult. You only have to try it once to realize that its not bad and even logistically simpler than digging a cat hole and praying for good aim.
I wonder if one of you good smooth talking folks could potentially ask for a batch of donated wag bags with the intent of setting up a kiosk that would hand them out for free. Of course we would run out quickly but we would expose several new people to the joys of bagpooping. Inside the kiosk would be simplified information on how to order personal wag bags or a discounted rate if you intend to donate them to the kiosk.
The primary goal here would be to expose people to the idea and make it as simple as possible to continue using them. The goal is not to keep a steady supply of free shit.

Will this solve the problem? NO, but every pooper that gets converted is a small battle won
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Post by krampus » Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:53 am

really shadow? Never? Just out of curiosity, are you the type who will constipate for days on end if your not near your comfort commode? I once new a guy in high school who tried to go on a month long phish tour, he only made it two weeks because he refused to sit on foreign porcelain.
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Post by Josephine » Mon Jun 15, 2015 11:50 am

I will NEVER use "wagbag" brand. They are not good products as they emit a foul smell. ewww.

Restop, on the other hand, make a great product http://restop.com/productcart/pc/viewPr ... dproduct=4
I don't recommend going directly into the bag since that's a bit difficult (at least for girls). Much easier to go on the ground and use the edge of the bag to pick up after yourself the same way you pick up after your dog. :D You DO clean up after your dog, right?! :evil: Anyway, they come with plenty of toilet paper and a nice hand sanitizing wipe.

Perhaps you can convince Miguels Gear Shop to stock them and ask people to use them. I bought mine in bulk several years ago - but I had to contact the company directly to find out about bulk purchasing options. $3.40/bag seemed a bit much - but I suppose that's a small trade off to have a bag that doesn't sink when you have to pack it out.
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Re: Everybody Poops

Post by DrRockso » Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:06 pm

Maybe some type of pit toilet could be installed at the parking area. Talk to Rick Weber as they just installed 3 in Muir Valley last year with the help of a grant.

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Re: Everybody Poops

Post by jhaight » Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:04 pm

The pit or vault toilet is a good idea but the Wolfe Co. health department says no. We looked into this in the past. The USFS can use them as can the state but they are not allowed on private land according to them.

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Post by caribe » Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:29 pm

jhaight wrote:The Wolfe Co. health department says no pit or vault toilet.
Wagbag, Restop, or search this url: http://adirondacknomadcamp.com/pee-poop.html for "kitty litter" and deal with it at home, which is my solution.

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Re: Everybody Poops

Post by climb2core » Mon Jun 15, 2015 3:36 pm

Steal one of MV's at night? They're loaded...the won't even notice it missing ;)

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Re: Everybody Poops

Post by TradMike » Tue Jun 16, 2015 1:41 pm

Biffy Bag for solid waste is the best bag out there. The others are a bit too thin and smell after a short time. Make wag bags a requirement to enter. Most people end up using them if they have them. The problem then becomes finding a few bags here and there. I saw a couple on trails out west. People claim they leave them to pick them up on their way out.

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Post by DriskellHR » Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:43 am

There is a new system from out of Canada that's being tested in a few areas out west. Its a conveyor system that separates solid from liquid waste and composts the solid and drains the liquid. I've been in contact with some folks that are using them and are waiting to hear how they do this year out west. Should they prove effective in that environment then we may explore some in our area as well. I think base cost for the unit is 5k but only requires maintenance 1 time a years and does not need pumping or any other service otherwise. PM me if interested, ill dig up the info and contacts for you.

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Re: Everybody Poops

Post by KD » Thu Jun 18, 2015 1:47 pm

It is a very well known fact that native Canadian aka NaCans, shit small rectangular turds suitable for immediate composting. I once sat in a stall adjacent to a NaCan and you could hear the universal normal fart sound following the initial grunt, then I heard the plink, plink sound for five or ten minutes, as the NaCan shit-blocks hit the porcelain. I'd say just shit at the rest stop or at the lodge. Crapping turds for immediate composting defeats the laws of nature that clearly state that turds must have a sort of taper in order to keep your ass from slamming shut and thus causing harm to the shitter. Canadians routinely violate the laws of nature.

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Re: Everybody Poops

Post by Ascentionist » Sat Jul 04, 2015 2:57 pm

If Muir can have them (pit toilets) I'm not sure why they wouldn't be allowed at Roadside. Muir is Wolfe County too, right?

Maybe a talk with State Health Dept?
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Post by Ascentionist » Sat Jul 04, 2015 2:59 pm

And I think you/we could do a go fund me or something like that to raise the money. There's no reason people shouldn't donate to that cause. It would make Roadside even better.
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