Doug Robinson - I agree with the Buttermilk since you asked. Not a lot of accidents there as far as I know, though I broke my back there and it would have been handy then. A litter could hang on the new outhouse as soon as it actually gets built (that time is getting closer!).
This gave me an idea when I read it. That is, why not have an outhouse "built" out of stone, by a stone mason? That way it would blend into the environment and look a lot more natural. Or maybe that was already what is being considered?
How about a location C? Say somewhere on the road to the north of the letter B in Buttermilks? Not many people will walk to either location proposed if they are on the other end of the boulder field. As usual a middle ground needs to be found.
The issue of getting a toilet in the Buttermilks has been one that has a long history. For years the American Alpine Club has worked with the Bishop community to raise funds to get a toilet implemented--around $5,000 not including conservation grant money from both the AAC and the Access Fund as well as local donations. The issue is with the land manager, the Forest Service (not the BLM) and a lack of funding for maintaining the toilet (which could run between $2,000-$5,000 annually). The Forest Service is getting pressure to decommission toilets, not build more.
That being said, there is DESPERATE need for this resource and the American Alpine Club has been in negotiations with the USFS since mid-summer. One stipulation to getting the toilet implemented, would have having a local climbing organization to help maintain it. As such, the Bishop community has recently joined together to create the Bishop Area Climber's Coalition, in part as a response to this need and in part to act as a unified voice of local climbers towards the non-climbing Bishop community and City Council.
There have been public comment periods and a lot of different folks have weighed in. The take home point is, we're on it. The local community in conjunction with the American Alpine Club, the Access Fund, and the US Forest Service are working together towards the eventuality of a toilet. If any of you have worked with a government agency before, you know that it can sometimes move at a glacial pace. Have patience.
Also: the location of the toilet would be in the Barrow Pit, a pre-disturbed area with ample parking, and out of the view-shed/stink-shed. (The Barrow Pit is the large pullout off of Buttermilk Rd. before your round the corner to lower parking area/peabody parking area)
it always disgusted me to see sh#t piles all over climbing areas. We would get to the NRG visitors center as soon as it opened so we could use the bathroom while it was oh so fresh and clean.... the porto potty at rogers would always have a treasure island by saturday morning..