How to Poop In the Woods

Learn three different positions for answering nature's call in the backcountry.

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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.

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