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Old 04-05-2013   #1
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peeing in the river / Lemonade from Lemons

The passing of the young lady in the grand canyon made me reflect on this a bit.

Would it be so bad to pee 3-5' back from the bank. On a non tail water, the river fluctuations would typically address the urine quickly. I've had to clean up vast amounts of TP in camps along the Colorado (Historically the Moab camp sites were terrible)where proper protocols were not followed, and understand it is annoying and gross. But, I guess the risk reward on this is such that I'm a in the historic river bed is close enough guy. You could even designate a spot and dump a couple buckets on it as you pull out?

It is an assumption that this is what happened when she fell in the river. I understand that. It just seems that following such a senseless trajedy, maybe there is a better way? I know those river banks are slick when I've had a few and am at the water edge on a late night.

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Old 04-05-2013   #2
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How about digging a cat hole 3-5' back from the river's edge so you're peeing below the waterline?

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Old 04-05-2013   #3
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Just pee in a bucket.
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Old 04-05-2013   #4
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I second the pee bucket option. You can bring it to your tent/cot when you retire for the night and dump and rinse it easily in the morning. It protects both you and the fragile beaches
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Old 04-05-2013   #5
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Originally Posted by rsmiller View Post
Just pee in a bucket.
Yet another use for my favorite river accessory
"You're gonna be doin a lot of doobie rolling when youre LIVIN IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER"
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Old 04-05-2013   #6
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So, what happened?
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Old 04-05-2013   #7
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Do NOT pee on beaches in the fluctuation zone!
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Old 04-05-2013   #8
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Originally Posted by livin_tll View Post
So, what happened?
I believe there is speculation that the young woman whose body was found recently MAY have been taking a pee and fell in.

This seems a logical explanation for the circumstances of her loss.

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Old 04-05-2013   #9
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Originally Posted by livin_tll View Post
So, what happened?

Nobody know for sure. Its all speculation.

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Old 04-05-2013   #10
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They say peeing in the fluctuation zone ends up stinking, and growing algae. Neither of which are desirable. Bucket or bottle....

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