How do you build a poop toob?


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Mar 17, 2005 - 07:00pm PT
Uhg. Right after the poo question comes "What if you roll over in your sleep?...I hope you don't sleepwalk teehee..." I guess it sounds original when you think it rather than hear it for the too-many-eth time.

NOT Fresno
Mar 17, 2005 - 07:09pm PT
re: slitting a two-liter open and taping it close. Nope. Tried it on one looooooong wall. Actually wasn't that long, just seemed it. Even with serious amounts of duckie on there, those puppies like to burp.

I swear I'm coming full circle back to the Austin method, which I used like all rooks. Just clench down until you hit flat ground, whenever that happens. It's free, too.

Big Wall climber
oakland, ca
Mar 17, 2005 - 07:24pm PT
You guys must not be coffee drinkers.

Trad climber
So. Cal.
Mar 17, 2005 - 07:31pm PT
Never tried this but I know people who swear by it...

Imodium AD!

A couple of those and you won't take a dump for a few days!

Social climber
Oregon, but now in Europe
Mar 18, 2005 - 07:30am PT
An excerpt from a trip report about poop tube etiquete.

read full report here:

".....PITCH 4
Sharing the ledge with a girl/guy party was totally cool. It however crossed into awkward zone when the girl part of the team (her first big wall) proceeds to ask us how in fact we will take a doo doo. I point to my poop tube and explain the details by going over to the haul bolts and doing my business.

She promptly asks us if she could use our tube once we start climbing. We wait for the look that tells you it is a joke…however…no luck. She is dead serious. She even dares to ask for wet wipes.

So I say that if she uses it…she needs to haul it down and empty it. That’s the rules. At this point she also confirms that when we descend to the base, that our Gatorade we stashed is no longer there. I ask if the birds got to it. Nope. This “bird” decided that she was thirsty after the approach and finished. Again…I waited for a chuckle. Nope. Talk about party foul....


Also…after emptying the poop tube at the Church Bowl latrines, I discovered a “second” deposit. I ask my buddy whether he had a go up on the column. He says no way. Well, if I went and he didn’t go…who could it be?

OH MY GOD! Say it ain’t so wall sista’.


rock on


Social climber
Oregon, but now in Europe
Mar 18, 2005 - 07:39am PT

This is the low cost solution but has vent you get intimate with the bouquet. Not super heavy.

I have seen some people use a short stack tube. It looks like it is at least 8 inches in diameter and maybe 8 inches in height with a screw cap. It sits nicely out of the way under a bag. good for 3-4 big boys. PRobably not so cheap to make since the diameter is pretty serious.

I have tried the dry bag thing. Like Melissa BREATHES. Never expected it to either. Lightweight...but stinky

The best way in my opinion to keep odors to a minimum is double bag and using lots of dry washing powder. A couple of shakes (just like shake and bake) of the poo will give a fine coating. Pre-mix in a little bit of oxiclean/borax and you be golden.

Molding your goods and then stuffing it into the tube and having the paper bag break....


Social climber
Mar 18, 2005 - 07:46am PT
Really liked these bags for bigwall use:

They have some enzymes which takes care of the smell. You can actually safely carry a used one in the lid of your pack/haulbag without leaks or smells.


Trad climber
Monterey, CA
Mar 18, 2005 - 07:23pm PT
I think that you could get some of that 8" diameter or larger for free if you are near the valley. They are laying some new sewer pipe so I am sure that if you came across the dumpster that they are pitching all the cut ends from the piping you could get your hands on a free body for your commode. Now the part about sealing the ends.. that might be tricky. The piping looks like a soft grade pvc (black with blue striping.
Brutus of Wyde

Old Climbers' Home, Oakland CA
Mar 18, 2005 - 08:54pm PT
I use dry bags. The "Burritos" are freezer ziplocks, with dry portable toilet chemical to help with aroma control. Burritos are then deposited in Reynolds aluminum foil baking bags. The problem with any plastic bag is that thin plastic is readily permeable to the gasses that give burritos their unique bouquet.


Trad climber
Yosemite, CA
Mar 22, 2005 - 09:32am PT

I once got paid to write a review of the Metolius waste case, not a bad product, pricey but does a good job... I guess that makes me a professional crapper...

Not sure if someone has mentioned the water bottle method:

Crap in a paper bag, then slit an empty two liter water bottle and stick your bag of business in the bottle. As you move up the wall you'll have more emties to fill as you drink more water. Duct take up the slit, and carry the collection under your haul bag. Don't have to carry an extra container. Careful on lower angle routes (don't want the duct tape to ware off). Back on the ground it's easy to slice off the tops and dump the contents of each bottle into a pit toilet.


PS: From an "official" perspective (NPS policy), we don't require one specific method. Do whatever works for you as long as it leaves nothing behind (side note: someone did actually get a citation for tossing their crap last summer). Don't try and burn your bags on the summit either (for a variety of reasons), and out of respect for others try not to piss on the route. God, this all makes wall climbing sound like so much fun... :)


Trad climber
Idaho USA
Apr 8, 2005 - 12:03pm PT
Remember - the huge clunkie PVC Poop Tubes are NOT esential...

Use a boaters DRY BAG!

Size? A week on the wall or one night?

Before you leave the ground, add a little kitty litter to the bottom of the bag.

As part of your sh#t-tools extras, carry a little plastic bottle of CAT BOX baking soda mix. Sprinkle some in your poo-poo bag after wiping. Tripple bag your dookies (thin grocery store bags are fine, they compress well and you can carry a huge volume of 'em). Keep the air out! It keeps the package small.

Close the DRY BAG properly - Roll the edges down an clip it shut.

Toss this right in the haul bag.

Add coffee grounds as you progress. Mostly, it smells like the cat litter powder.


Social climber
san joser
Apr 10, 2005 - 12:05pm PT
Y'all must like the smell of crap if you're still using poop tubes, dry bags, or rolling your poo into burritos. The most efficient way I have found is the BIG WALL PAUL METHOD:

1. Poop into a plastic bag (ziplock or grocery bag)
2. Put used TP into same bag
3. Put bag into empty tin can (12 oz can works fine for most- if you take huge dumps you may want to use a 16 or 18 oz can)
4. Fold the lid over the can then duct tape the top
5. Toss in the bottom of the haulbag and forget about it
6. At the base or when you get home just throw the whole can in the trash. Don't even think about removing the poo to recycle the can.

I've heard some people say you can't throw poo in the trash because it's hazzardous. Hogwash. Ever heard of disposable diapers? How 'bout depends for old folks who have lost bowel control. They all go into the trash but without the armor of the can.

Real benefits of the BWP Method:
1. You don't carry any extra weight since you already have empty food cans lying around in the haulbag.
2. You don't have to smell your partners (or your own) festering 4 day old turds every time you open the poop tube or dry bag.
3. You don't have to deal with the awful task of emptying the poop tube. Again: who wants to smell week old oven baked crap?
One time I was gearing up in the Awahnee lot and I was almost knocked over by a wave of nasty poo smell. Turns out some folks had opened their poo tube 300 YARDS AWAY.
4. There's no chance of a tube or dry bag getting stuck stuck while hauling since the cans stay at the bottom of the pig.

Three years ago I came down from a wall mid-summer and just threw the haulbag in the trunk and drove quickly out of the valley for work. I never got around to unpacking the pig, so it just sat in my trunk for three weeks in 100 degree San Jose weather. When I finally got around to it, I emptied the contents and found some moldy bagels and all the poop cans- and no smell.
There's just no reason to use a poop tube. Maybe people like to carry it around as a badge of honor?

Oct 7, 2008 - 02:34pm PT
(Thx to KB for referencing this thread from Tom's 10-5-08 El Cap Report)

I gave the Wag Bag/Waste Case system a very thorough test recently. I must say that for outings up to 10 or so days the system is passable (so to speak), but for 20 days it doesn't work as well as a tube with paper bags.

First, WBs are not gas-impermeable. I would like to try the Restop bags (and will) since they are g-i. I know minor-league shitters like Holly have no problem with WBs; she reuses them multiple times. No can do here. I'm in the majors, and my biz is too much for that dash of magic powder. Yes, I knead the f*#k out of 'em. Seriously, the stench from the Waste Case actually stuck to other items hanging next to it under the haul bag. I had to move my p-ledge to the other haul bag. Effing nasty.

I think the ultimate may be the Restop bags in combination with a tube. If you build a good tube (see my instructions earlier in this thread) no smell will emanate from it. (Not so with any sort of dry bag.) I'm gonna run this system on my next long route.

That's my crappy update. I know you want to know.

Big Wall climber
somewhere without avatars.........
Oct 7, 2008 - 03:03pm PT
You guys are all full of shit!

Oct 7, 2008 - 04:30pm PT
NPS should build sanitary rest stops throughout the climbing areas.

looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Latitute 33
Oct 8, 2008 - 12:23am PT
bum p

Trad climber
new york, NY
Oct 8, 2008 - 10:13am PT
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Gym climber
Fannie's Crack, AZ
Oct 8, 2008 - 11:05am PT
Ouch does it again. A little modern marvel will take care of all of our business. I think you guys and gals got it all wrong though. When I was up climbing near Moby Dick I spied the best method of all. Lying there right on the ground. Get an extra large paper sack and take an ENORMOUS really wet dookie in it. Next pitch it off the wall so that all the slacker one pitch climbers will know your the king, leaving them all behind somewhere up on the big stone.

Social climber
The internet
Oct 8, 2008 - 11:17am PT
"Another time someone left one over by the outhouse at ranger rock. They labeled it BOMB. The bomb squad from Fresno had to come to defuse it. The park was taking no chances with how the current world in it’s volatile state can be. "

" I have to say, that is some funny sh#t. "

There is a little more to the story as I recall. I was there and heard the blast - they detonated the thing after x-raying it and finding "peanuts".

I think ABS is significantly lighter than PVC, but the black color may be a bad thing for a sh#t tube.

Oct 8, 2008 - 11:56am PT
"I think ABS is significantly lighter than PVC, but the black color may be a bad thing for a sh#t tube."

The good stuff, drain pipe from Home Cheapo: white color
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