How to Poop In the Woods

Learn three different positions for answering nature's call in the backcountry.
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Learn three different positions for answering nature's call in the backcountry.
how to poop in the woods illustration by supercorn

Illustration by Supercorn

It’s the most natural thing in the world. Don’t let a lack of indoor plumbing prevent you from camping overnight.

The Squat
The original outdoor pooping stance: Dig a hole (6 inches deep, 200 feet from water, camp, and trails) and squat. You may want to hold your knees for support.

The Tree Hug
It’s not just for hippies: Dig your hole a foot away from the base of a tree, then hold the trunk for support. Whatever you do, don’t let go.

The Butt Hang
A boulder or fallen log can double as a toilet seat.

Visit lnt.org/learn/principle-3 to learn about waste disposal.