Leave No Trace

How to Sht in the WoodsHow to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art
3rd Edition

Submitter: Recently weeded from my small rural public library. I did not weed because of content or even because of the title, but really because of lack of circs and we’re starting to get very overcrowded on our Adult NF shelves. Does there really need to be an entire book on this subject? I would think this subject can be covered in a few paragraphs in any good hiking/camping/survival book. Oh, and I learned something here that I apparently didn’t learn in Sunday School decades ago: the Bible has a verse telling you what to do with your excrement. Huh… who knew?

Holly: I can see this book circulating quite well in certain places, near hiking and climbing areas, for example. This book goes into detail about soil types, digging latrines, rock climber concerns, water filtration systems, men vs. women, what to do with toilet paper…there really is quite a lot to it! But if it doesn’t work in your library and you have space concerns, it would probably be an easy weed. Looks like there is a new version coming out in 2020 if anyone’s library needs a new copy.

Shout out to the National Park Service and their excellent advice: Leave No Trace, which also applies to human waste.

How to Sht in the Woods

Sht in the Woods contents


  1. Aww, they left out the why for the bible quote, the next verse. Because the Lord walks around inside the camp. And you don’t want to scare him off by pooping in front of him.

      1. Not scare but disgust; KJV Deut 23:14 is “For the LORD thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy: that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee.”

        My non-Rabbinic parsing is “you in a temporary city, possibly on foreign land, but are still held to what God expects of Jews at home”. CYLR, Orthodox or other.

  2. “Frosting a Rock”: I kinda want to know more, but not sure if I really want to know more….

    1. As someone who owns this book (along with the unofficial companion “Up Shit Creek”) I can attest it means using a rock for, well, wiping. Though it’s a frowned-upon practice nowadays.

  3. I remember Reverend Lovejoy on the Simpsons saying about the Bible, “Have you ever actually read this thing? Technically, we’re not even supposed to go to the bathroom”.

  4. I’m relatively certain I bought this book for a library in a past life, probably the first edition because this cover isn’t familiar. If not, I certainly WANTED to, just for the “swearing” in the title. I’m basically 12, but born in the 60s and never matured.

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