Glacier National Park

Backcountry Toilets / Views from the bathroom

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What a view! Jack Creek Preserve, Montana

When you go to the bathroom on a normal day, you're likely to be looking at the bottom half of a blank wall. If you're lucky, you're looking at the design of your shower curtain. Most bathrooms aren't particularly noteworthy. Sit down > peepoop > wipe > wash hands > exit. Typical. 

In the backcountry, you'll have some of THE BEST views of your life while doing the mundane task of peepooping. (Pst. "peepoop" is a term I made up during a bike tour to capture urgent peeing and pooping. Most of us pee when we poop, don't we? (Ok, I digress.) 

Well yesterday, I was working on a quick blog resource to find gear for free or cheap and in a split second, two hours of work was gone! (I'll recreate it soon!) Anyway, I felt pretty bummed about it so hopped on a bike and went mountain biking in the woods instead. Today, it seemed most relevant to share the beauty of a shit hole (literally). Enjoy!

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Glacier National Park

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This is one of the fanciest toilets I've ever seen in the backcountry! Glacier National Park

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Pit toilet at 8,868'. Bob Marshall Wilderness 

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View from the toilet above. Bob Marshall Wilderness

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Don't worry, I'm only pretending to poop here. Glacier National Park 

Backpacking Snack Ideas / Are thimbleberries edible?

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When I was backpacking in Glacier National Park, most of the trails were sprinkled with thimbleberries. On our first day, I noticed these pops of red along the trail, but I had no idea what they were so I steered clear. (Note: We should NOT put anything wild into our mouths unless you're absolutely 100% sure it's safe to eat.)

My trail mate eventually verified that those red pops of color were thimbleberries and shoved a few into his mouth. My eyes grew big and I squealed with glee inside. I remember thinking, "Oh. GAME. ON." You see, I grew up eating lots of fresh fruit, but on the trail, I get maybe one apple on the first day. The rest of the time, it's rehydrated food. So getting any kind of fruit/fiber/freshness on the trail was going to be a huge win.

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Let's just say that more often than not, I was holding up my group because I stopped to collect a mouthful of berries. (Sorry guys!) So, YES, thimbleberries are edible! But make sure you're 100% that's what you're eating. 

Note: I'm not a naturalist or expert in plant identification by any means, so I'm not recommending anything here. This is simply an account of my experience of finding and eating wild edible thimbleberries. Don't sue me for your decisions! ;-)