Reddit Reddit reviews How to Shit in the Woods, 3rd Edition: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art

We found 38 Reddit comments about How to Shit in the Woods, 3rd Edition: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art. Here are the top ones, ranked by their Reddit score.

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Health, Fitness & Dieting
How to Shit in the Woods, 3rd Edition: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art
Author: Kathleen MeyerISBN#: 1580083633Publisher: Ten Speed PressPublication Date: March 15, 2011Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8.5 in
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38 Reddit comments about How to Shit in the Woods, 3rd Edition: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art:

u/kevininspace · 124 pointsr/YouShouldKnow

There's a while book devoted to this. "How to shit in the woods."

u/Cyc68 · 21 pointsr/PostCollapse

How to Shit in the Woods, an excellent book on the subject. Mike Clelland's Toilet Paper Free Expeditions and Backcountry Poo Poo Clinic are good online resources.

Must know tip for toilet paper: Remove the cardboard core and pull from the centre. It stops the tp flying in the wind or unravelling if you drop it and it rolls down hill. Also packs a little smaller.

u/kbergstr · 14 pointsr/AskReddit

I bet you didn't know there is an entire, moderately popular book devoted to this subject.

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

u/Al_Touchdown_Bundy · 8 pointsr/army

You're going to get a lot of fake replies but this is legit apropro OP. It was endorsed by u/not_a_taliban who is an american special force.

u/deathsmiled · 7 pointsr/everymanshouldknow

I have a the second edition and it's actually a pretty good how-to.

u/jeffbell · 4 pointsr/bicycletouring

I have a copy of the book on this HTSITW

Dig a hole, but not super deep. Step out of the shorts with at least one leg. Take your time. Hold on to a tree if that helps.

Rain soaked oak leaves turned out to be better than paper.

u/johnabbe · 4 pointsr/oregon

Apparently portapotties are completely rented out, so here's a resource that might come in handy.

u/RustyN0gget · 3 pointsr/CampingandHiking

2 things:
-public toilets are gross anyway (shitting in the woods can be an incredible freeing experience, try reading: how to shit in the woods
-and staying smelly is the fun part of being a woods gypsy! hahaha

u/aareeyesee · 3 pointsr/CampingandHiking

Leave No Trace. LNT Also a good read for someone about to get into backcountry camping. How to Shit in the Woods

u/Circle_in_a_Spiral · 3 pointsr/camping

You'll probably want to read this before you go.

u/1BuN · 3 pointsr/humblebundles

Hopefully, How to Shit in the Woods will be revealed next week.

u/darthjenni · 3 pointsr/CampingGear

The classic outdoor gag gift is How to Shit in the Woods

The only other thing I could think of is a kid's version of the equipment you use. This kids floaty life jacket as an example.

u/cardboard-kansio · 3 pointsr/Bushcraft

Thanks for the tip! It looks like an interesting read. I'll try and find a copy.

u/TrustyOneHit · 2 pointsr/WildernessBackpacking

Why don't you read the book?

u/Fawnet · 2 pointsr/SubredditDrama

Here, you need to read this book. It's worth it for the anecdote about pooping while rock climbing.

u/GreenStrong · 2 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

In cave shelters in the desert, archaeologists find and study human turds that are thousands of years old. In a normal backyard, it depends on your definition of "fully decomposed, and to some extent on what you ate, but it will start to feed plants in a month or two, and it will be hard to find any trace of it after three or four months.

The reason we don't shit all over the place is that human poop can carry human germs, those can last quite a while in the environment, if you just drop dookie onto the ground. But, there are ways to handle small volumes of waste without any risk of contaminating water supplies, and even low tech ways to recycle it into fertilizer for food production. How to Shit in the Woods is essential reading for responsible camping. The Humanure Handbook is a free e-book for anyone who wants to earn a black belt in composting and fully recycle their food. The research behind that book is all done by reputable organizations like the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, it is safe to fertilize food with fully composted human manure, but it requires diligent preparation, and a full year of aging the compost. Basically, a compost heap is a place with lots of different bacteria, and things like worms that eat bacteria, eventually, the pathogens get eaten, and the poop is as safe as any other soil. It isn't really something we want to encourage our neighbors to do though, it is easy to do it wrong and give somebody worms, or E. coli or something.

u/Containment_Failure · 2 pointsr/Surveying

I'd get traffic-flagger certified, and OSHA confined-space, if these things are applicable to your business. Possibly fall-arrest systems.

At a bare minimum, make the boss buy you this:

u/123farmer · 1 pointr/Bushcraft

The book How to Shit in the Woods - a funny read, and a good intro to bushcraft, dealing with a subject that everyone needs but nobody talks about. I had a university class years ago where this was a required reading textbook. Awesome.

u/Kananaskis_Country · 1 pointr/backpacking
u/HiltoRagni · 1 pointr/preppers
u/ShawnaNana · 1 pointr/WildernessBackpacking

This may be helpful. And when you're done, you can use the pages of the book as TP!

u/Hanginon · 1 pointr/camping

The public library and second hand stores are your friend. Talk to the librarians and they will direct you to a trove of books on skills you will want/need in the woods. Camping will be on shelves numbered 796.5.

Skills you will need, how to pick a good campsite, how to build a safe campfire, how to shit in the woods, how to get clean water.

Oh yeah, the second hand store. a 1 qt aluminum pot with a metal handle will work for cooking basic food and boiling drinking water, a used water bottle will set you back maybe a dollar... fork & spoon? another 50 cents. Maybe get really exotic and pick up a plastic cup & plate. bring a bandana to handle hot pots & cups, & general camp use.

u/unculturedperl · 1 pointr/funny

Please tell me that he's reading "How to Shit in the Woods".

u/tuctrohs · 1 pointr/bicycletouring

There's even a book, "How to shit in the woods."

u/Flatline2962 · 1 pointr/camping

I'm a guy so my advice only goes so far. I'll point to other women however.

Skurka brought in a couple ladies to give a very blunt discussion of female bathroom and hygine. Worth reading (anything Skurka posts is worth at least considering, he's a world class backpacker)


This one is a little loosey goosey on the "leave no trace" aspects of hygeine but it has some good ideas


I have this book "How to Shit in the Woods" and it's both funny and illuminating and has specifics for women.


I saw this book referenced several times so I'll list it here.


Good luck and have fun. Yosemite is *gorgeous* and the late thaw this year means water and green later into the summer than normal.

u/PorkyPickle · 1 pointr/gifs

>I always wondered how survivor man does it during his trips; he's either in my same holding boat, or he has turd trails scattered like bread crumbs all over the world where he's traveled.

Everything you need to know.

u/nuotnik · 1 pointr/pics
u/pto892 · 1 pointr/CampingandHiking

You'll probably want a bear canister then, in which case you'll just leave it laying on the ground. The bear will knock the canister around for a while, get bored, and leave. Burying your food won't do anything to protect it, bears have an amazing sense of smell and will thank you for the free food.

Pee on rocks if above treeline, and you might want to pack your poo out in a thundertube. This depends upon the area, because disturbing a high altitude environment may not be OK. Whatever you do, don't just crap on the ground but bury it in a cathole. There's a book on just this topic.

u/vwlsmssng · 1 pointr/AskUK

Get yourself a copy of How to shit in the woods now in its 3rd edition after 21 years. Also appropriately available in audio book form.

You will need a something like a Daren drum and paper kitchen towel. The kitchen towel is used a target and a catcher that can be picked up by the corners to transport your waste matter into the drum. Whoever uses it last gets to carry the drum until the next user adds to it and carries it.

This way you avoid polluting a popular and environmentally sensitive area by over fertilising the ground or distributing pathogens.

u/Cypress_Sam · 1 pointr/vancouver

And this long lost classic

Speaking of which does anyone else remember when some idiotic hippie asshole started the Stein Valley on fire because he followed the advice found therein?

u/TastesLikeBees · 0 pointsr/news

It should be. That's only one of several considerations that should be made.

"How to Shit in the Woods" by Kathleen Mayer

u/Moose_And_Squirrel · -5 pointsr/funny

Not in the desert. Turds are indistinguishable from rocks within 10 minutes. Add to that you just pick a spot that is away from any human intervention and you're good. Then you burn your TP and all is well with the world and there's no trace of your presence.

Edit: In response to the downvotes I've received, may I offer this very thorough reference that validates my methodology: How To Shit In The Woods

u/[deleted] · -9 pointsr/AskMen

There's a whole book on it, dude, called "How to Sh*t in the woods". Details exactly that.