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Longs Peak

Postby glodder » Wed May 04, 2005 5:52 am

In August 2000, myself and five others were making a summit bid on Longs Peak via the Keyhole Route. One guy in our group (I’ll call him G) has a history of altitude sickness, but not in the normal sense. His altitude sickness doesn’t affect anything except his bowels. When we got to the Boulderfield on the way up, G took full advantage of the convenience provided by the solar-powered outhouses. When we were on the Ledges, G began to feel a certain urge again, and he became a little bit concerned, as the Keyhole Route that day was like the sidewalk at the 16th Street Mall in Denver, packed. He began searching somewhat frantically for a good spot, but couldn’t really find any. About halfway up the Trough, it became urgent. In retrospect, one of the climbers in our group was quoted as saying, “G had to use the facilities even when there weren’t any.” G found a reasonable rock to hide behind, although it didn’t provide much privacy if any. The other five of us took posts to protect other climbers from happening upon something they definitely didn’t want to. G felt much better on the remainder of the hike, and all six of us summited Longs that day. Oh yeah, and G utilized the Boulderfield outhouse yet again on our way down.
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Postby RenoBob » Wed May 04, 2005 9:21 am

:idea: Well, this could open a whole new range of discussions here @ 14ers. "What to do when nature calls on the trail?...proper disposal techniques... paper vs. leaves.. " the potential list is endless.
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Postby glodder » Thu May 05, 2005 5:39 am

Yes, and that brings up another funny part to the story. G obsesses about making sure he's got enough TP and Ziploc bags "just in case". He's fully aware of his altitude "sickness", and he sure plans ahead.

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