Camping is always really fun until you have to use the bathroom. Then it's a Russian Roulette of tipping over into your own waste, being spotted by a fellow camper, using poison ivy as toilet paper or a bear interrupting your business.
Not surprisingly, having to set up camp in Antarctica also has it's own difficulties when it comes to pooping -- even smarty pants scientists have to poop.
In a clip from National Geographic's "Continent 7," we see that the environmental scientists are not INcontinent, so they have to set up what they call "waste tents" and what I call "flapping-in-the-wind-poop-building."
You know how uncomfortable a cold toilet seat is? Imagine having to go to tinkle-town in -100 degrees Fahrenheit.
This makeshift port-a-john will protect you from nothing.
Scientist Wolfgoing Rack, which may be one of the coolest names ever, said:
It's like at home, everyone would like to have a clean bathroom. So why not keep it clean here? It's not that bad.
His fellow scientist, Marcus Arnold, totally disagrees, referring to the "morning rush." AKA -- cleaning up everyone's frozen poop-sicles.
The team will empty the toilet in a separate igloo to bring home with them (NO WASTE LEFT BEHIND), and then replace it with another empty glorified trashcan.
Of course, it's a bit more difficult when you're a woman -- as usual. Men get to use pee bottles in their sleeping bags, while women have to depend on accuracy.
Environmentalist Christina Hulbe said,
If [women] try to fill [their] pee bottles too fast, [they're] unlikely to have perfect accuracy.
There is special care in tapping the tent down into the ice with picks. Rack explains, obviously:
If you're sitting on a toilet in a storm, you don't want to have it flying away.
Basically the wind in Antarctica will be like your jerk of a cousin at the racetrack shaking the port-a-potty you're in, and getting his drunk friends to tip it.
Everyone can relate to that, right?