Ever wonder what happens to your poop after going in the backcountry? Much of the time we do our business and then move on thinking that nature will take it’s course and what we left behind will just disappear with time. To a point this is true, however in many areas where we recreate, the ability for human waste to biodegrade and become part of the earth cycle doesn’t happen the way we think it does.
Let’s take a step back to the basics. Pooping in the woods responsibly typically means following standard Leave No Trace protocol. That being, digging a cat hole 6 to 8 inches deep and burying the waste and packing out the toilet paper. In some areas this practice is not ideal as the standard of going 200′ from a water source is not a possibility. The idea also presents itself when you are in high use areas. When you have dozens even hundreds of people going into canyons and river drainages and everyone is pooping in the same places, it presents a real issue of how quickly the waste is able to degrade. Even worse the likelihood of there being some kind of flood or heavy rain that washes up the waste is a real possibility.
Here is where a Wag Bag becomes a real solution. Rather than digging a cat hole, you will use the Wag Bag to capture your poop and clean yourself up. Then you pack out the poop in the Wag Bag. Many people cringe at the thought of carrying out their poop in a bag, but it’s really not that big of a deal. It protects high use areas, protects water sources and is a proper method of Leave No Trace.