Peeing on a River Trip
LOCAL CALLS – WHAT ARE THEY AND HOW TO MAKE ONE
If you’re new to a white water rafting trip, you most likely have a number of questions. Inevitably some of them will be about how to go to the bathroom. In a previous post we define a “groover” and discuss pooping (#2) or making a “long distance call.” This post is all about peeing (#1), also known as making a “local call”.
We borrowed the phrases “long distance” and “local call” from the Riva Sistas, a group of ladies who have been running rivers together with us for years. Thanks Rivah Sistahs for the catchy phrases!
Unlike long distance calls which primarily happen in camp, local calls happen throughout the day, both in camp and while on the river. Because of this there are a few more specifics to discuss with regards to the logistics of making a local call.
KEEPING OUR CAMPS CLEAN
Different rules and regulations apply depending on the river when nature calls. All three of the rivers we offer trips on—the Snake, Salmon and Grande Ronde—follow the same protocol for local calls. All local calls should be made into or immediately next to the river. This may sound counterintuitive at first but there are several reasons for making local calls in the river.
VOLUME OF WATER
Volume of water is important and considered when making a local call. The three rivers we run have enough volume that they dilute any local calls we make while on a trip. However, small side creeks do not have the same amount of flow, and local calls should not be made into or near them.
LEAVE NO TRACE
A cornerstone principle of responsible recreating is “Leave No Trace” (LNT). There are a number of ways we practice LNT techniques while rafting, one being, making local calls into the river.
Making a local call into the river helps keep the shore and campsites clean both for ourselves as well as future visitors. This works several ways. First it keeps beaches and campsites from smelling like a bathroom. Secondly, this diminishes the attraction of animals and insects to the salty spots left behind by peeing onshore.
HOW TO DIAL
We will stop and take breaks throughout the day to snack, play, or explore. These breaks are good opportunities for local calls. Most often the weather on our trips is quite warm and many people enjoy the opportunity to jump in while floating, too, and cool off while making a local call.
In camp there will be a private bathroom, referred to as the groover . At the groover site, we’ll have a hot pink colored groover box specifically for going pee in camp.
Watch for our upcoming post about LOCAL CALLS AT NIGHT. We will link to it once it is uploaded.
Thank you for recognizing the importance of keeping beaches and campsites clean. We look forward to spending time with you on “the river.”
READY FOR THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME?
At Winding Waters River Expeditions, we offer a number of trips on three of the Pacific Northwest’s premier rivers: the Snake, Salmon, and Grande Ronde rivers. These rivers are all wild and scenic rivers, and give you the feeling as if you and your expedition group are the only ones in the world.
Trips are all inclusive and include:
- • Gourmet meals
- • All necessary camping and fishing/rafting gear
- • Transportation to and from the river
- • Full service guides with decades of experience in the very river where your expedition is taking place
Questions about making calls or anything else with our expeditions? Let us know! We’re happy to answer any questions you have or explain what you should expect when on one of our expeditions.