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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

Trad climber
Joshua Tree
Oct 8, 2008 - 12:01pm PT

I prefer 2 gallon paint bucket with kitty litter in it. Just sit on it to poo, close and shake! Light cheap and simple. Happy crapping!

Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Oct 13, 2008 - 02:37pm PT
My cheap option of choice: get a bulk food container from a store like Costco that is over a foot tall and has at least 4" diameter opening and a lid that screws tight. Usually these containers have Biscotti, Pretzles, Candy, etc in them

Now, imagine you were sewing webbing to create a haulbag. Make a harness for the container just like that. Secure with duct tape.

Pros: lightweight, cheap, can haul outside of haulbag, minimal assembly, seals tight

Cons: takes time to find container, some assembly, lose lid halfway up wall and you are hurting.

As for the bag set up: go in a big zip lock bag. add powdered detergent. Double zip lock if necessary
del cross

Oct 13, 2008 - 03:00pm PT
Rubbermaid makes a gallon sized plastic food storage container, just enough for three nights with a partner. Lightweight clear plastic, screw top lid. Costs about $3. I've found them in drugstores but not always easy to locate.

Sling and duct tape. A keeper cord for the lid if you want to get fancy.

I used to empty and clean these things but after forgetting about one (unemptied) in my garage for about 6 months I have now taken to just pitching them full into a dumpster.

Big Wall climber
A cube at my soul sucking job in Oregon
Oct 13, 2008 - 07:10pm PT
I haven't tried it, but my first wall partner advocated using a piece of thin (1/8"?) bungie with a couple hooks with the plastic shopping bags. Hands free operation.

Big Wall climber
4hrs too far from YNP
Oct 16, 2008 - 11:26pm PT
Mike Ousley's Poop Tube above is as close to what I use as anyone described..

The plumbers test cap rig is re-usable even after the tube itself has seen too many walls and wall waste... Toss the tube, and the rest is a keeper..

For the solution to the pee Question, I have a double solution:

That magic powder inside the Wag Bag, is called "Pooh powder" google it.. you can buy a Giant can of it for like 30$ and it will last a life time (just keep it dry) its like magic dust.. I have So much and would gladly pass some on.. but the amount in one wag bag is half of waht you need, so make a second bag from the stash you skimmed from the official one..

The stuff; for those that don't know; will gel up and coat your pooh - and turn it into a 'not so stinky' mass of gel covered pooh - it really cuts the stench - a lot more than cat litter.. (i actually in a 'pinch' re-used the same garbage bag for a four day wall - it wasn't too wretched even on the last day...) Just a tablespoon is enough for a real heavy load..

The trick to the powdah - is a little liquid to activate it..
Use some pee from your Pee Bottle (see below)

Here comes the pee part..

I normally tie off my water bottles with a string of sorts, as most probably do to some of their bottles at least.. (i reuse my tie offs every wall; they has a slip knot on one end and a overhand on a bight on the other..) - just clip an empty one (now its your pee bottle) - the people below you will love it.. and, on a windy day you will too! - preferably its a wide mouth gatorade style.. (sorry ladies - you can use a F.U.D. with a modified longer tube - feminine urinary director - REI sells 'em)

So clip the bottle to your belay loop and insert your shmackle into the wide mouth.. Use your grocery bag/paper bag of choice and pee whenever you like... 'hands free'

if you really want hands free - clip the handles of your grocery bag to your gear loops, and you have both hands to read the paper... no sh*ttin!

..and i'm out..

Oct 17, 2008 - 01:18am PT
"That magic powder inside the Wag Bag, is called "Pooh powder" google it.. you can buy a Giant can of it for like 30$ and it will last a life time (just keep it dry) its like magic dust.."

This is really good info. (I'd been wondering about this.) Bravo, kindredlion!

Big Wall climber
4hrs too far from YNP
Oct 18, 2008 - 08:22pm PT
No Prob Mike!

I should have handed you some that day you me and the McNeely Bros were partying at the base of the waterfront.. its me Adam - the dreddy dude that was soloing Zodiac with the bottle of Peppermint Schnapps..

The stuff is Rad - and I always have extra - since it comes in a GIANT Jar... I hope to enough time sh*tting on the wall to use it all !!

I just googled it and I guess the price of 'pooh'ing has gone up.. its like $77 for the can.. they state 120 uses - I say maybe more if you really spread it out..

Jacqueline Florine

Trad climber
Nov 4, 2008 - 04:04pm PT
I am with Chris on reusing large food containers.
I love empty drink mix containers.
Pre-climb, I duct tape the thing to travel under my hail bag. It stays inside my bag until then. If I have some old sling or cord I'll add that to the attachment system. A word on pee bottles: I buy some liter and a half H2O bottles at Trader Joe's. Then duct tape hang loops onto them using the bare minimum of tape. The first bottle that gets emptied gets the top sliced off and becomes the girlie pee bottle. It conforms nicely and rides below the bag after it's first use. The rest of the bottles are easy to roll up and store in the bottom of the haul bag.

I have tried using only doubled up ziplock bags for poop storage.
(Just couldn't see spending money on a nice dry bag then throwing it away.)
The smell was just too darned nasty.
However, the WAG BAGS that are required on Mt.Whitney are fine.
I just don't think they are tough enough on technical rock.
And again, I hate spending money on something I look forward to throwing away.

Another thing I sometimes take on the wall is the Freshette! Ah the freedom of peeing standing up! I keep it in a ziplock bag, stowed inside a small stuff sack, clipped to my harness. With this thing, it is easier to avoid peeing on the ropes.

Nov 4, 2008 - 05:19pm PT
Hey, Adam! Thanks again for contributing here...I think I have a pic of you with your custom sun visor = ) You looked great on the Zod...we were envious.

JF, Thanks for adding your insights to this and other threads.

The cool thing about the poop tube is it doesn't matter what sort of bag or anti-stench you use. The smell will not emanate if it's built correctly.

If you're depending on Wag or Restop bags, containing smell might be a non-issue. Even a junky stuff sack will work to hold the bags. This is way cool if you plan on a quick ascent and are not "planning" #2. Turkey basting bags are known for their impermeability. I can see using one as a liner inside a stuff sack to contain odor that escapes from whatever used bag it contains.

BTW, any feedback on the Restop bag? I have yet to use one. They claim gas impermeability, which sounds much less "fragrant" than the Wags. TIA.

vvv Thx, dc!
del cross

Nov 4, 2008 - 05:28pm PT
Mike, the restop is better at blocking smell than the wag but is not odor proof. I'm not sure why - maybe the ziplock closure is the weak link?

previous thread:

Trad climber
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Nov 4, 2008 - 05:59pm PT
Step 1: Poop
Step 2: Measure
Step 3: Build

Chalkless climber
the Gunks end of the country
Nov 4, 2008 - 08:31pm PT

Boulder climber
atlanta, ga
Dec 8, 2008 - 12:50pm PT
Long time troller in this forum, finally decided to make a post when i noticed that this thread ranks on Google's first page when you search for 'make a poop load'.....
don't judge... how i found it was jokingly searching for 'make a poop load of money'..... #1 again. :)

Trad climber
Apple Valley, California
Dec 16, 2008 - 06:59pm PT
How to Poop at Work

We've all been there but don't like to admit it..
We've all kicked back in our cubicles and suddenly felt
something brewing down below. As much as we try to convince
ourselves otherwise, the *WORK POOP* is inevitable. For those
who hate pooping at work, following is the Survival Guide
for taking a dump at work.

*CROP DUSTING* When farting, you walk really fast around
the office so the smell is not in your area and everyone
else gets a whiff, but doesn't know where it came from.
Be careful when you do this. Do not stop until the full fart
has been expelled. Walk an extra 30 feet to make sure the
smell has left your pants.

*FLY BY* The act of scouting out a bathroom before pooping.
Walk in and check for other poopers. If there are others in
the bathroom, leave and come back again. Be careful not to
become a *FREQUENT FLYER*. People may become suspicious if
they catch you constantly going into the bathroom.

*ESCAPEE* A fart that slips out while taking a pee or
forcing a poop in a stall. This is usually accompanied by a
sudden wave of embarrassment. If you release an escapee, do
not acknowledge it. Pretend it did not happen. If you are a
man and are standing next to the farter in the urinal,
pretend you did not hear it. No one likes an escapee. It is
uncomfortable for all involved. Making a joke or laughing
makes both parties feel uneasy.

*JAILBREAK* When forcing a poop, several farts slip out at
a machine gun pace. This is usually a side effect of
diarrhea or a hangover. If this should happen, do not panic.
Remain in the stall until everyone has left the bathroom to
spare everyone the awkwardness of what just occurred.

*COURTESY FLUSH* The act of flushing the toilet the instant
the poop hits the water. This reduces the amount of air time
the poop has to stink up the bathroom. This can help you
avoid being caught doing the *WALK OF SHAME*.

*WALK OF SHAME* Walking from the stall, to the sink, to the
door after you have just stunk up the bath room.. This can be
a very uncomfortable moment if someone walks in and busts
you. As with farts, it is best to pretend that the smell
does not exist. Can be avoided with the use of the *COURTESY

*OUT OF THE CLOSET POOPER* A colleague who poops at work
and is Doggone proud of it. You will often see an Out Of The
Closet Pooper enter the bathroom with a newspaper or
magazine under their arm. Always look around the office for
the Out Of The Closet Pooper before entering the bathroom.

*SAFE HAVENS* A seldom used bathroom somewhere in the
building where you can least expect visitors. Try floors
that are predominantly of the opposite sex. This will reduce
the odds of a pooper of your sex entering the bathroom.

*TURD BURGLAR* Someone who does not realize that you are in
the stall and tries to force the door open. This is one of
the most shocking and vulnerable moments that can occur when
taking a poop at work. If this occurs, remain in the stall
until the *Turd Burglar* leaves. This way you will avoid all
uncomfortable eye contact.

*CAMO-COUGH* A phony cough that alerts all new entrants
into the bathroom that you are in a stall. This can be used
to cover-up a *WATERMELON*, or to alert potential *TURD

BURGLAR*. Very effective when used in conjunction with a

*SHIRLEY TEMPLE* A subtle toe-tapping that is used to alert
potential *TURD BURGLARS*that you are occupying a stall. This
will remove all doubt that the stall is occupied. If you
hear a *SHIRLEY TEMPLE*, leave the bathroom immediately so the
pooper can poop in peace.

*WATERMELON* A poop that creates a loud splash when hitting
the toilet water. This is also an embarrassing incident. If
you feel a Watermelon coming on, create a diversion. See


*The King Poop* = This kind is the kind of poop that killed
Elvis. It doesn't come until you're all sweaty,
trembling and purple from straining so hard.

* Bali Belly Poop* = You poop so much you lose 5 lbs.

*Cement Block* = You wish you'd gotten a spinal block
before you poop.

*Cork Poop* = Even after the third flush, it's still floating

in there. How do I get rid of it? This poop usually happens

at someone else's house.

*The Bungee Poop* = The kind of poop that just hangs off your
rear before it falls into the water.

*The Crippler* = The kind of poop where you have to sit on
the toilet so long your legs go numb from the waist down.

*The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang* = The kind of poop that hits
you when you're trapped in your car in a traffic jam.

*The Party Pooper* = The giant poop you take at a party. And
when you flush the toilet, you watch in horror as the water
starts to rise...



Handle every stressful situation like a dog.

If you can't eat it or play with it,

Just pee on it and walk away.

Jebus H Bomz

Dec 16, 2008 - 09:33pm PT
How to Build a Poop Toob

Step 1) Eat a lot of food

Step 2) Lay a big ol' log of a turd

Step 3) Find a pottery wheel

hungry man

Trad climber
Dec 16, 2008 - 11:32pm PT
OOOH MAN, Cosmic! you just made my day!

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Dec 25, 2008 - 04:19am PT
orange juice h2o bottles...once empty....cut a door, poop into a wag bag or equivelant...stuff it into the bottle, gorilla tape it shut and then haul ass before the smell cathes up w/ you. In my limited experiance the smell will escape after 3 days. we also hung them under the haul bag so a fair amount of jostling was endured...

Trad climber
Dec 25, 2008 - 04:30am PT
What if it turns out that you don't actually need one? ;-)
John Galt

Big Wall climber
puerta Natales, Chile
Mar 11, 2009 - 03:42pm PT
I use the giant plastic protein bottles or general nutrition suppliment bottles.

-WIDE mouth opening
-screw tight lid

a touch of cat litter is keen, but used coffee grounds work awesome.

But then those who know me think I climb too fast to know about these things. - I have served my time, -and can tell you from MANY TRIPS up the Captain that most virgin wall climbers go 48 hours before pooping, so if it's a short ascent bring a small poop holder.


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