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Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Toilet Paper Free Expeditions on 04/04/2006 22:58:16 MDT Print View

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Toilet Paper Free Expeditions

Mark W Heninger
(heninger) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Toilet Paper Free Expeditions on 04/05/2006 07:19:35 MDT Print View

Man, I love mike's illustrations.

And yes, I'm astounded that people get worked up over leaves.

kevin davidson
(kdesign) - F

Locale: Mythical State of Jefferson
Sinister hand use on 04/05/2006 10:29:30 MDT Print View

Clelland is very right-hand centric. :-P

My birthright has predicated me to dedicate my right hand to defile. I've had some interesting culinary and hygenic experiences in the Islamic world, as a result.

Great illustrations in the style of the underground comix of yore--- Crumb, Sheridan, etc.

One more leaf to remember, at least on the PNW rim, is Thimbleberry. TP has nothing over this. Scouts call it Toilet Paper plant.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Sinister hand use on 04/05/2006 10:38:21 MDT Print View

Thimbleberry threw me-- salmonberry is the name familiar to me (there are more, see the link below)

I've waded through miles of this stuff on overgrown trails-- I'll be a lot happier to see it now :) It's the best dew collector on the face of the planet.

Great article-- should be part of a permanent FAQ at BPL.

http://www.rook.org/earl/bwca/nature/shrubs/rubuspar.html

kevin davidson
(kdesign) - F

Locale: Mythical State of Jefferson
those oh so very soft leaves by any other name on 04/05/2006 10:52:21 MDT Print View

Thimbleberry, Salmonberry----lotsa names----Western Thimbleberry, Salmonberry, Mountain Sorrel, White Flowering Raspberry, Western Thimble Raspberry. You name it.

Relatively low elevations, only, though

Mark W Heninger
(heninger) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Sinister hand use on 04/05/2006 11:34:16 MDT Print View

Yes, that stuff is good.

Too bad my scouts are too indoctrinated to do anything other than scowl at plant wiping material.

Personally, I look for moss growing on trees. That stuff is heavenly and I'm not aware of any reasons LNT for not using it.

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Wow... on 04/05/2006 13:20:39 MDT Print View

Just wow...

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Toilet Paper on 04/05/2006 15:27:54 MDT Print View

My luck I pick something like Poison Oak and develop a rather large rash. Nawww sorry, I will stick to the toilet paper method.

Brett Tucker
(blister-free) - F

Locale: Puertecito ruins
Re: Toilet Paper on 04/06/2006 12:22:56 MDT Print View

Sphagnum, hobblebush and striped maple are among the toilet-trees favored in eastern US forests, but not along the Appalachian Trail please, unless the consensus suggests 360 degree views from the privy.

nathan matthews
(nathanm) - F

Locale: Bay Area
thimbles, salmon and moss on 04/06/2006 22:18:22 MDT Print View

in my neck of the woods, thimbleberry is the common name for Rubus parviflorus, and salmonberry is the name for Rubus spectabilis. Easiest way to tell them apart is that salmonberry bushes have compound leaves, and that thimbleberries taste better. i think both work equally well for hygiene.

i'm not such an expert on moss, but i think that from an ecological standpoint moss is a worse idea, and that you really shouldn't use the lichen we incorrectly called "spanish moss" as kids. reason being that lichens (and mosses?) trap water and provide local nutrients for trees, but are pretty slow growing--unlike most leaves that grow anew each year.


(Anonymous)
Hippies... on 04/07/2006 00:09:33 MDT Print View

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paul johnson
(pj) - F

Locale: LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
Sphagnum-TP and disinfectant on 04/07/2006 03:19:03 MDT Print View

On a slightly related note - another use for sphagnum moss:

once needed to use sphagnum moss to pack a wound to avoid infection during the three day hike out in 90+ deg summer temp.

relatively high levels of iodine can be found in most sphagnum moss. on this one instance it worked fine and no infection resulted from a backcountry wound that would, IMHO and experience, would definitely have become infected otherwise.

i'm not going to go into details of its use, either in my case or generally since i'll undoubtedly be taken to task by others with far more medical credentials and experience, but who may never have been in a similar backcountry emergency situation themselves and will only spout medical dogma at me. i'm not advocating that anyone else try this. read up on it if interested. learned about it initially from reading books as a kid (New England Native American peoples used it as a medicinal plant) and then was reminded of it during medical training in the military (our tax dollars hard at work). YMMV.

anyone still so inclined may fire when ready. "Shields Up"!!!

Brett Tucker
(blister-free) - F

Locale: Puertecito ruins
Re: Sphagnum-TP and disinfectant on 04/07/2006 11:08:00 MDT Print View

>>(New England Native American peoples used it as a medicinal plant)

Not to mention as diaper material.

The wound dressing use for sphagnum is well documented, as well.

http://tinyurl.com/gqbf8

Tim Garner
(slowhike) - F

Locale: South East U.S.
leaf/ paper combo on 04/12/2006 21:36:46 MDT Print View

this past year i started using the shop towels that i belive rayn talked about in another artical.
but first i start w/ leaves.
i like to use a couple differant kinds of leaves, layered together.
start w/ a rohdodendren leaf or two for strength, then add 2 or 3 softer leaves (maple?) for better wiping action. the softer, thinner leaves by them selfs will probably let your finger poke through when you apply the needed pressure. but the rohdo leaves give structure.
after taking care of the bulk of the waste w/ leaves, i switch to the small square (1/4 of a full sheet)of shop towel. it`s just a really sturdy kind of paper towel that really alows you to use the pressure to do a good job.
i use about 3 (mabey 4) squares to finish up. i may wet the next to last one, then finish w/ a dry one.
the leaves get left in the cat hole, & the shop towels get double baged. they aren`t that heavy w/ waste any way after starting w/ the leaves.
another trick that is handy, is to duct tape a loop of cord around the bottom of a quart baggie, comming up to form a loop on top of the baggie. when you get ready to do your bisness, just fill the baggie about 1/3 full w/ water & hang it on a branch next to your cat hole. also have the little bottle of soap sitting there (cap off).
to have running water, just pinch one of the lower corners of the baggie & lift. very little cross contamination going on there.
so along w/ your waste, the bulk of the clean-up stays behind (in the hole) & the durable, yet comfortable shop towel squares that alowed you do do a great job of finishing up haven`t gained much weight either. ...tim

John Carter
(jcarter1)

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: those oh so very soft leaves by any other name on 04/13/2006 07:32:13 MDT Print View

"Thimbleberry, Salmonberry----lotsa names----Western Thimbleberry, Salmonberry, Mountain Sorrel, White Flowering Raspberry, Western Thimble Raspberry. You name it.

Relatively low elevations, only, though."

You've just given me an epiphany. Why not grow Thimbleberry in your backyard? For trips of only a few days, particularly at high altitudes, you just go out and 'pick' your TP before your trip. You get to bury your TP and don't have to spend an hour finding sutiable material.

Of course, with my complete lack of gardening skills, for all I know Thimbleberry uis an atrocious weed that will destroy my entire garden and spread to my neighbors. Better check with my Mother-in-law; I've had more than one humorous conversation with her--an Oregon native--where what I see as a beautiful flower (aka Scotch Broom, thistles), she laments and whips out the weed killers. But that's just my native so-cal eyes talking, where any sign of floral color whatsoever is considered a blessing! I've never had to uproot them before. She tells me that when they bought their 5-acre property, the entirety of it was covered in chest-high thistles and blackberries (bountiful berries and dazzling purple flowers, right?) =). Took them 5 years to get them to finally stop sprouting everywhere.

John Reed
(johnwmreed) - F

Locale: Sierras
Toilet Paper is ok on 04/15/2006 10:00:35 MDT Print View

Sorry, but too much hassel and mess.

Dig a 6" hole, take a dump, use some toilet paper, burn it, and bury the remaining ashes in the hole. It is simple, fast & clean.

Then place a small rock on top of the filled hole, and place some debris around area to hide. Wash hands. Make the whole procedure a "Zen thing."

I bet you can't find where I did it!

William Wright
(FarStar)
Re: Toilet Paper is ok on 05/28/2006 19:24:44 MDT Print View

"I bet you can't find where I did it!"

Cool! A wilderness version of Where's Waldo? For those more technically inclined, this could be called biogeocaching.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Toilet Paper Free Expeditions on 07/14/2006 09:29:42 MDT Print View

I just use water -- and have never felt the need to look for anything else -- plants, rocks, whatever.

When done, I pull up my pants and sanitize both hands with a few drops of Purell -- available in 1/2-ounce bottles and up. Body heat ensures that pants become dry in no time at all.

Edited by ben2world on 07/14/2006 09:32:07 MDT.

Dwight Shackelford
(zydeholic) - F

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Backpackers Bidet on 07/23/2006 14:14:17 MDT Print View

After my recent experience with a dump in the woods, and limited toilet paper, I began brainstorming about a backpackers bidet. Something that will blast a stream of water to dislodge and clean.

After thinking of all sorts of designs, I finally settled on the easy route and considered some of the pump up plastic water cannons that kids play with. Not sure if there's small light ones.

Just put a gun rack on the top of my backpack, and I'm off.

Dwight Shackelford
(zydeholic) - F

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Backpackers Bidet on 07/23/2006 14:23:35 MDT Print View

http://extextoys.stores.yahoo.net/miniblaster.html

Maybe something like this. Not sure if it has a nozzle to increase stream pressure.