It’s a nature phenomenon that, when you’re out for a three hour plus mountain run, at some time or another you’re going to have to have a pee. It is very good to have to pee: it shows that you’re drinking enough water to stay well hydrated. But the absolutely best thing about having to pee is that you get a 30-60 second break to squat and to really fully take in the scenery.
Take for instance this shot…
At the time of its taking, I was having a lovely old pee on the mountainside and all I could think was “Wow, this beats being inside a constricted cubicle looking at the back of a graffiti filled door”. There was a fresh mountain breeze and everything!
Just to sanitise this article a bit, I did spend a bit of time learning Leave No Trace principles wherein peeing and pooing in the wilds is well defined. Under the Principle, ‘Dispose of Waste Properly’ it tells how to pee far from water sources and to carry back home your used toilet paper (that’s assuming you’re carrying toilet paper in the first place – its heavy stuff you know).
For poo, you’re to deposit it in catholes dug 6-8 inches deep at least 200 feet from water, camps and trails. This cathole should be covered and cleverly disguised once done. You wouldn’t believe how many a time I’ve spent ages digging such deep catholes into the bog, only to have filthy dirty nails for the rest of the week.
What they also fail to tell you is that, if you’re out for a few days, carrying smelly used poo-laced toilet roll isn’t fun. It’s nicer to use smooth stones and soft moss to wipe away those last vestiges. On a practical note, just make sure there’s no pine needles still stuck in the moss before wiping any fronts or behinds – long and painful story you really don’t want to know about.