A Climber’s Guide to Pooping at Everest

You must regularly excrete in your daily life. However, this task becomes extremely difficult when ascending to high altitudes. At high altitudes like Everest, it’s much simpler to urinate than to defecate.

You probably comfortably pee inside your sleeping bag while inside your tent. In a closed bottle, you can also urinate. For added comfort, many climbers prefer to urinate in flexible bottles. A bottle opening, which is essentially a plastic bag, is used to seal the bag tightly.


But how do you poop at Everest?

You can find a relatively secure environment in the poop buckets in Mount Everest’s camps one and two. They are brought to the village and emptied, thereby sherpas.

However, once you climb higher, the luxury is gone. On less visited mountains, there are also no built-in restrooms. Only trekkers are eligible for this benefit. If you were doing the Everest Base Camp trek, you probably wouldn’t run into such issues. However, you must think quickly and a lot when planning the Everest expedition. Additionally, you need to act quickly because frostbite could destroy important body parts.

The option of climbing equipment with a back zipper for high altitudes is also available. By using the zipper, you can reduce the area of skin that is exposed to the chilly air while pooping. You do not need to take off any clothing that would otherwise keep you warm in the bitter cold if it has a rear zipper.

According to reports from climbers, large areas of snow have brown dots all over them. When starting a high-altitude climb, diarrhea is a common side effect for climbers. Picking up poop when this occurs can be difficult, as you might imagine. Therefore, when climbing snowy high-altitude peaks, the majority of climbers use wag bags or poop tubes.

The poop tube is not a fancy trekking tool. You can make it yourself. It is made of a tube, duck tape, two ribbons, and a harness system.

When you’re climbing a large wall, you need a sealable bag or the poop tube. The poop tubes are the more hygienic and long-lasting of you. Another issue arises when doing a number two on large walls. The portaledges are very small. There will be a nasty smell all over your tent. So, if you can use the poop tube away from tents, do that. 

There is the best way to accomplish what you need to do in this situation. It is to keep your climbing harness on while you poop over the edge of the bivouac. You can then hold the poop tube or bag underneath you. Knowing that climbing harnesses don’t have any parts that run directly down the middle gives you plenty of room to poop. It also will not contaminate your equipment. Actually, the poop tube can be fastened to your climbing harness. This can allow you to have your hands free for cleanup.

When you’re on big walls, it goes without saying that your climbing partner will always be close by when you poop. However! You must develop trust with your belayer. You are putting your life in his or her hands. So, there is no need to be embarrassed while pooping near them.