Thursday, April 28, 2022

Hikers now required to pack out poop from Guadalupe Mountains wilderness


Hikers planning to explore the Guadalupe Mountains National Park wilderness this summer are now required to pack one more essential item: toilet bags.

Beginning June 1, day hikes and those planning to camp overnight will be required to pack out humane waste in landfill friendly toilet bags.

...One bag per person, per night will be required for overnight stays, and officials said hikers will be asked to provide proof they have the correct number of bags before a permit is issued. Day hikers are asked to carry an appropriate number of bags for the group.

...The new rule is the result of increasing number of visitors to the park, officials said in the news release, and the increasing visibility of human waste and toilet paper "along trails, high use areas and primitive campsites."

...“The highest point in Texas is not a toilet,” said Superintendent Eric Leonard. 

Sorry Mr. Leonard, but much of what the feds manage turns in to a toilet, and a pay toilet at that.

The Wilderness Act of 1964 states that wilderness is, "where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain." Apparently no part of him shall remain either. People are finally experiencing this wilderness thing. Its what they asked for and now they are getting it, good and hard.

These are the same people who complain abou dog shit.  See Hikers make a stink about dog poop on trails They are so concerned about cow pee they are potty-training calves. Worried about the future? No need as you now have a resource such as How To Teach Your Kids to Poop Outdoors.

Prediction: this and similar issues will be used by the feds to limit access to wilderness areas, and in some cases banning human visitation entirely. The Wilderness Act is an act of exclusion, and that will be enforced more and more in the future.


Gary Thurm said...

I am surprised our the government isn't proposing a Pooper Scooper Task Force. I am sure they hand out these bags to the illegal immigrants coming across our southern border.

Frank DuBois said...

Gary, great comment.