When nature calls and you’re in its house, no toilets are going to spring up out of the ground ready to use. A good outdoorsman knows to dispose of their waste properly, using Leave No Trace ethics to dig a cathole in an appropriate location. Properly executed, a cathole ensures that your business decomposes quickly so your favorite trails and outdoor havens stay clean and tidy.
- Move at least 200 feet (about 70 steps) away from any water sources, trails, and campsites.
- Choose a sunny site with rich soil that’s free from roots and large rocks. Regular sunlight and healthy soil help your waste decompose faster.
- Use a towel, rock, or stick to dig a hole that is 4-6″ wide and 6-8″ inches deep.
- Fill in the hole with the original dirt and completely over it using natural materials after you’ve done your business. Pack your toilet paper or wipes in a Ziploc bag and carry it out with you.