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Old 08-10-2010   #1
Kremmling, Colorado
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Free WAG Bags offered for UCR campers Saturday

Just a heads up for anyone planning on hitting the Upper Colorado this weekend.... this will be posted in some newspapers. Teri, Recreation Assistant at BLM Kremmling
Free WAG Bags offered for river campers Saturday

KREMMLING, Colo. — "WAG Bags" may not currently be on the equipment lists of many river rafters, but the Bureau of Land Management in Kremmling and several partners will be working to change that this summer by offering free bags on specific days, including this Saturday.

"Simply put," says Kremmling Outdoor Recreation Planner Andy Windsor, "WAG Bags will make a river trip more enjoyable for you, and the people who follow you."

The Waste Alleviation and Gelling Bags are biodegradable bag systems that are designed to be used as a portable toilet system for packing out solid human waste to protect campsites. Otherwise, river campsites, which are limited in number and occupied many times during the summer, can become unpleasant fairly quickly.

"It’s not the kind of thing everyone wants to talk about," Windsor says, "But when you consider that we have up to 20 boater camps on the river each summer weekend on the Colorado River between Pumphouse and Rancho del Rio, and that most campsites do not have pit privies, you can get the picture."

The first free WAG Bag day will be Saturday, Aug. 14 at the Pumphouse Recreation Site on the Colorado River near Kremmling. BLM, American Whitewater and the river equipment company NRS are teaming to hand out free WAG Bags to overnight campers in an effort to promote sustainable river recreation.

Currently on this stretch of the Colorado River the only overnight campers that are required to carry and use portable toilet systems are commercial outfitters. Most of the overnight use on the river, however, is from private boaters.

"WAG Bags are used throughout the West at popular river destinations and other sensitive areas," says Nathan Fey, Director of the Colorado Stewardship Program for American Whitewater. "With more and more people enjoying these areas each year, these WAG Bags are one easy but important way to minimize impacts."

Each bag contains enough gelling powder for three to four uses and is approved for disposal in any garbage can. This powder neutralizes the odors, and starts the decaying process of waste. All of the WAG Bags that are being handed out have been donated by the American Whitewater and NRS.

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Old 08-10-2010   #2
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Excellent idea!

You can never step into the same river; for new waters are always flowing on to you. - Heraclitus of Ephesus
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Old 08-10-2010   #3
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To use the WAG bag "system," what else is required? Obviously TP and hand sanitizer... what about a rocket box? Anything else?
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Old 08-10-2010   #4
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To use the WAG bag "system," what else is required? Obviously TP and hand sanitizer... what about a rocket box? Anything else?
Good aim.

You should put the used bag in something waterproof like an old dry bag or small ammo can.
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Old 08-10-2010   #5
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We use 'em with the PETT foldup plastic toilet, but the black bag is pretty big and if you rolled up the edges and set it on the ground, you'd have a 12-18" target. Pee somewhere else. After use you unfurl the edges, squish the air out and fold it all up and put it in the little white ziplock bag. If it were going in my pack or boat I'd probably double bag it. With the toilet we get 4-8 usages.

It's a lot bigger than the 'blue bags' they make you carry in parts of the North Cascades!
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Old 08-10-2010   #6
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I usually try to find an unguarded cooler on a commercial boat, if this is not an option go with gbmaz's idea
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Old 08-10-2010   #7
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To use the WAG bag "system," what else is required? Obviously TP and hand sanitizer... what about a rocket box? Anything else?
A small folding shove and a good sturdy tree are helpful. Face and grab onto the tree while squatting ( this is so you do not fall backwards into your own poop) when done, pick poop up with shovel and place in bag. This works good if you do not have some type of seat arrangement or good aim . PS. a strong bush will work in place of a tree.
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Old 08-10-2010   #8
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ammo can + wag bags + toilet seat = pooping and cleaning happiness.
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Old 08-11-2010   #9
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Just pack a groover, folks! Common sense for all overnight trips. I'm sure AW has better places to spend their money in this state. Are there really that many who still just dig a hole, if that? Who are these boaters?
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Old 08-11-2010   #10
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I'm not going to play the "holier than thou" route of 'ol rivermanryan, I just wanted to give 'em a big thumbs up for their efforts. I was up there this week and the tp blossoms are everywhere. I for one would put in a strong vote for requiring some kind of toilet system (firepans wouldn't be a bad idea either).

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