'Into The Wild' and 'Into Thin Air' author Jon Krakauer metaphorically shit the bed recently when he was seen dropping some kids off at the pool. On Mt. McKinley. This is one of the real inconveniences of hiking. It's like nuclear power plants. What do you do with the waste?
...Krakauer and Anker, however, took off from Kahiltna last week to explore the route to the base of the West Rib carrying neither a Clean Mountain Can nor a plastic bag, supervisory climbing ranger John Leonard says. They were on what might have been considered an innocent day hike until they had what Leonard calls a bit of an "emergency."
They stopped. They squatted. People in base camp studying the mountain through a spotting scopes saw. The situation promptly got stinky.
"They were taking a shit," Leonard says. "I don't have much tolerance for people shitting on the mountain." [via The Alaska Dispatch]