Potties on the River
well known and appropriate reasons, river runners on heavily used
rivers are required to carry out human waste in sturdy washable,
reusable containers. On shorter trips, plastic containers may be
appropriate, but for long, demanding trips such as the Grand Canyon,
containers are required.
The traditional 20 mm ammo can has been
used for decades. Recently it has become harder (more
to acquire and as we have aged, a can-full of poop has become quite the
load to sling around. We have investigated other
possibilities and have river-tested one on the Green River in Utah.
"60 mm Mortar" cans are found in some surplus stores for substantially
less $ per can. They have the same cross-section as the
50 caliber cans (the lunchbox size ones), but are much taller.
set up a stand for them (that packs inside of one) and like them very
much. Smaller and lighter, we'd rather carry two of these
one of the big ones. Which gives you a 'fresh pot' twice as
often! The surplus ones that we found were in excellent
with excellent gaskets.
found them easy to set up and convenient enough that we could use them
at lunchtime. Given their modest size, it was easy to pack one or
two into each raft.
Comparative statistics are based on the NRS insert and their estimate
of user days.
||"60 mm mortar"
|days / 8 people
|days / 12 people