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    Toilet Paper in the backcountry

    OK- I just don't get this thing about leaving your used toilet paper lying around. I guess it is a good warning to let people know that that spot has been soiled ;-p, but seriously it is not only ugly, but unclean to do this. I was really offended by the sight of a large lump of toilet paper right in a small spring on the Burroughs Range Trail between Cornell and Slide Mountains (it is off trail and not the ones on your maps). This especially when the conditions are rather dry just now. I guess it was the same person that camped nearby this spring and left his used toilet paper and uncovered feces lying near the fire ring. I am no angel, but I do put all my used toilet paper in a small double plastic bag and pack it out. AND, I try to used as my bathroom a remote spot where someone else won't camp or rest. I guess this is yet another reason I enjoy bush whacking and a back-country camp-site.
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    Hiking with a dog quickly reveals just how many people do not go 200' off trail and 6" deep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikehikeskifish View Post
    Hiking with a dog quickly reveals just how many people do not go 200' off trail and 6" deep.

    Tim
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    Just be grateful if your dog is an "eater" rather than a "roller" :-)
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    This is not just a poop issue (though that magnifies the results). On many trails there is toilet paper left from someone peeing. I don't remember exactly how many we counted on Mt. Garfield Tr. but it was over 20 locations (that was without even trying to spot them, I'm sure there were many more). We discussed this amongst ourselves and others we hike with and went back and forth as to reasons. Not sure what to do with it? Not aware that it's an issue? Unaware on LNT? Keep the list going, the bottom line is take it with you! Ziplock bags are not that expensive. Maybe the Forest Service at their Franconia kiosk should hand them out and educate ladies in their need (Lots spotted on Falling Waters Tr. also). AMC could also discuss (and maybe they do) with their hikes. Whatever it takes we need to get the word out to hikers (female in this case) to pack it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by una_dogger View Post
    Just be grateful if your dog is an "eater" rather than a "roller" :-)
    First was a roller; 2nd was an eater. I agree, in the stomach is better than down the side......

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    Gryffin is an eater... which is preferable, I agree. Until he licks me, or takes a bite out of my sandwich. The AT is definitely worse than non-AT trails in terms of 'snacking opportunities'

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    My first dog was an eater, could not break her of that habit, she rolled once, that I broke her of. My current dog does neither. I hit the jackpot with BuddyBoy.

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    I usually pack out trash, but draw the line at TP.
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    One could, if one was so inclined, use the same method one uses to pick up dog poop... turn a bag inside out, or use nitrile gloves.

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    I put my used TP into a zipped pocket in my shorts, soiled part inside the scrunched up paper (which is actually a piece of paper towel, much stronger). No need for plastic bags. I'm not afraid of my own waste.
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    Gives a whole new meaning to "hiker funk"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuck View Post
    I usually pack out trash, but draw the line at TP.
    Small animals have been known to use TP for nesting material.

    I just put the used TP in a plastic bag and carry it out. A non-issue.

    In some places, hikers and climbers are required to carry their feces out with them... We have it easy here in the NE.

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    Poop stays, paper out!

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    I'll preface this by saying I'm wrong a lot, and I mean A LOT. But I took Tuck's comment (Post 9 above) to mean he packs OTHER PEOPLE'S trash out, but not their toilet paper.

    And this is to the dog owners. On hikes, do you bury your dog's poop, or pick it up, or neither?
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