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In August 2000, myself and five others were making a summit bid on Longs Peak via the Keyhole Route. One guy in our group (Iâ€™ll call him G) has a history of altitude sickness, but not in the normal sense. His altitude sickness doesnâ€™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 couldnâ€™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, â€œG had to use the facilities even when there werenâ€™t any.â€ G found a reasonable rock to hide behind, although it didnâ€™t provide much privacy if any. The other five of us took posts to protect other climbers from happening upon something they definitely didnâ€™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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