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  • Published: 3 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9781984857132
  • Imprint: Potter/TSP/Harm/Roda
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $22.99

How to Shit in the Woods, 4th Edition

An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art



The definitive guide to eco-friendly outdoor defecation--fully revised with a new introduction by renowned author and environmental activist Bill McKibben.

More than thirty years since its first publication, Kathleen Meyer delivers an update to the beloved guide to relieving yourself responsibly. Meyer's delightfully shameless discussion of a once-secretive activity examines the environmental impact of too much crap (organic and otherwise) on our ever-shrinking wild outdoors.

With the rising popularity of hiking and off-the-grid backpacking as well as the current climate crisis, How to Shit in the Woods provides timely techniques for keeping trails, bushes, and wild waters clean and protected when indoor plumbing is not an option. Meyer shares proper procedures in a way that is approachable and comprehensible for all audiences, from beginner to expert.

The fourth edition features updates to outdoor laws and regulations, health statistics, and recommendations for equipment such as special trowels, funnels, and portable toilets. With more than three million copies sold, How to Shit in the Woods is the backcountry backpacker's bible, crucial for anyone looking to be wiser with their waste.

  • Published: 3 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9781984857132
  • Imprint: Potter/TSP/Harm/Roda
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Kathleen Meyer

Kathleen Meyer was born in New York City and raised on the New Jersey shore and in California's San Fernando Valley, coming finally to the intermountain West to live in 1989. A longtime outdoorswoman, she is the author of the bestselling How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art. She makes her home now with Patrick McCarron in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana.

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Praise for How to Shit in the Woods, 4th Edition

Praise for How to Shit in the Woods: "Kathleen Meyer has contributed to environmental awareness while lending a grand old English word the respectability it hasn't had since Chaucer's day." --Frank Graham, Jr., Audubon magazine "This well-written little manual deals factually and honestly with all the problems of personal sanitation in the out-of-doors." --Robert Fulghum, Seattle Times 

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