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So, how do you guys wipe your butts when backpacking?

Assuming a rabbit isn't handy, is there special biodegradable toilet paper that can be used?

Or do you hold it in until you get to a real terlet?


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toilet paper is biodegradable.

BTW, glad to see you over here.


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Boats n Hose
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I've been known to dig a little hole in the leaves a dirt and drop a load in it and bury it and the TP


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Blue Velvet
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1. Dig a 6-8" hole. Some people carry a trowel. I feel it is too heavy. I just use a rock or stick around me.

2. Get into position over hole and shite.

3. Wipe with toilet paper. Biodegradable paper; no moist towelettes (unless they are biodegradable). If bringing t.p. from home, make sure you pull out the cardboard cord to save space and reduce weight. If you're OT rich you can buy cordless t.p. at camping stores like REI, Cabela's, etc. Throw paper onto pile of shite.

4. Cover hole of shite with dirt and leaves. It also helps to put a large rock or stick on top so others do not step onto it.

Getting next to a tree or stump is nice to help yourself up and keep balance while crouching. If hiking the AT then you will be crouching multiples times a day for half a year and this stresses your a-hole so bring a tiny, travel size tube of preparation H gel.

ETA: shite at least 200 feet away from streams or lakes and don't do it uphill above the water sources.

Here are the Leave No Trace principles you should always abide by: LINK
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bio degradable wet whipes FTW

good to have you back BV
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LSU Tigerhead
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Hey guys, I posted this in a new thread but it was suggested I post here. Sorry for my ignorance.
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I'm planning on thru hiking the AT starting in March. I did 5 days last March during Easter week (1st 52 miles of the trail starting at Springer Mtn in GA) but this year it's the whole 2185 miles.

I have a Gregory backpack (wish I had a lighter one... I may borrow one).

For a tent I'm using a lightweight mosquito net and an ultralight tarp with carbon fiber replacement poles for a Hubba Hubba 2 person tent. I don't have the tent, but if it's too rainy I may buy one one the trail.

For cooking I've got my super cat alcohol stove with a Heineken Beer can pot.

Sleeping bag is a 15 degree Marmot down bag (yeah I know, don't get it wet) with an Exped Synmat 7 air mattress.

Ground cover/footprint is a piece of Tyvek.

I plan to take 1 pair pants, 2 shirts (lightweight, uv resistant, wicking material), 2 pair wool socks, hat, and Vasque hiking boots (I have some lightweight hiking shoes but I need the ankle support).

Last year my pack fully loaded with a 7 day supply of food was 38 lbs. I hope to get that down to 33 lbs this year.

I'm planning out my food stores for general delivery at post offices along the route.


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Btw, was reading some of this thread. Fun stuff!

I don't know if any of you know but Louisiana has a hiking club. It's the Louisiana Hiking Club! We do day hikes every 2nd Saturday of the month.

A lot of us also do camping (typically car camping at or near the trailhead of a 2nd saturday hike--more on this later in the post) and there's usually at least one big trip every year (week in Smoky Mtns, Big Bend, etc). Some do backpacking, but most only do the day hikes (from a base camp of sorts).

It's only 10.00 to join per family (in same household) per year.

There's also Campfest, held the 1st weekend in March every year at Chicot State Park. Vendors come in and display new hiking and camping gear, paddling gear, etc. Also there are classes and events over the weekend and we finish with a Sunday pancake breakfast.

It's a fun group of people. We hold meetings the first Thursday of every month from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Bluebonnet Library. (Although due to renovations, it'll be held at Bluebonnet Swamp on Jan 10th).

The 2nd Saturday hike this month is to Clark's Creek. We meet at the Campus Federal Credit Union parking lot and carpool. Leaves at 8:00 am SHARP.

You don't have to be a member the first (or 2nd) hikes you go on (you can be a guest) but after that they ask you to join. And $10.00 is CHEAP (for an ENTIRE FAMILY EVEN!)

Come see what it's about!


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Nodust
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It's a good thread. Good place to come when picking out gear.


Wooly
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Im going to read through the entire thing again while prepping for my patagonia trip


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ecb
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BV, what hammock did you use and would you consider replacing your tent with a camping hammock?


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Blue, how many ticks did you get on the AT? I've had Lyme before, and I don't want that shite again. What would you wear, etc to prevent getting the little bastards? Did you bring off?
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No prob. I'm enjoying this more than you are. Most of my friends in BR don't know what the AT is and don't care to know
boy is this true! Kisatchi is fun!
I really enjoy Eagle Rock Loop also! It is in Arkansas and only about 7hrs from baton rouge.
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Blue Velvet
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I'm planning on thru hiking the AT starting in March.
How far along are you?
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Ground cover/footprint is a piece of Tyvek
Smart man.


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Blue Velvet
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BV, what hammock did you use and would you consider replacing your tent with a camping hammock?
I used this:

Image: http://www.top-gear.co.nz/ic/3299356726/Byer%20of%20Maine%20Amazonas%20Moskito%20Hammock,%20Spruce%20Green%20Model%2010305%20(Packed).jpg


It's a $20 piece of crap.

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would you consider replacing your tent with a camping hammock
When it's warm? Sure. When it's cold? Heck no. The bottom gets cold and then you have to put a warmer mat/quilt or a pod on it and it then becomes heavier than a tent. I do, however, love being able to set up camp anywhere there's trees without worrying about flat, soft, dry ground.

Pods wrap around your hammock when it's cold:

Image: http://www.cruisenews.net/backpacking/images/February2006/10.jpg width=450


If you want an awesome, serious hammock look into Hennessy's or Clark. I have a Clark; it's too heavy for the AT but awesome for car camping.

ETA: I think Salmon has a Hennessy.
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Blue Velvet
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Blue, how many ticks did you get on the AT? I've had Lyme before, and I don't want that shite again. What would you wear, etc to prevent getting the little bastards? Did you bring off?

That I saw? Zero. If a tick is big enough to see it's usually a wood tick, which doesn't carry Lyme (though they do carry rocky mountain spotted fever). Deer ticks carry lyme and are extremely tiny. Every morning when waking up and every night when going to bed do a tick check and look your body over and feel around the scalp and pubes.

They like dark colors, so wear tan or khaki socks and shorts.

Skip the heavy, bulky OFF and carry a small bottle of 100% deet.

Image: http://www.rei.com/zoom/gg/0dde80dc-4c49-4028-ba99-2d37642163f3.jpg/440


Don't let it touch your clothes or gear or it will eat off the wicking/weatherproofing chemicals/materials.

Watch Under Our Skin on Netflix. Lyme disease is an unknown plague and the doctors are not your friend. Educate yourself. That shite is no joke.


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carry a small bottle of 100% deet.


stuff is potent, but amazing.

dont let it get in your eyes for the love of god


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Blue Velvet
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I hiked a few hundred miles and a couple of states with this guy. A super nice genius who dropped out of med school to hike all the time.

His Kickstarted for the PCT


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