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#55910 - 08/09/19 07:37 AM Toilet Design at Longs Peak, RMNP Wins Architecture Award
SierraNevada Offline


Registered: 09/05/11
Posts: 1148
Loc: NorCal
The folks at Rocky Mountain NP teamed up with Toilet Tech and then brought in University of Colorado Denver’s College of Architecture and Planning to create an innovative solution to human waste management on the Long's Peak trail. They've managed to keep multiple toilets working there successfully for decades, and this is their latest system. This trail is very similar to Whitney in terms of heavy usage, high elevation, and harsh weather (more so than SoCal). The result - the annual "Small Projects Award" from the American Institute of Architects.

Simplicity is the key. This toilet is located at higher elevation (12,760 ft) than the one that was removed from Trail Camp, so there's no technical reason why it can't be done on Whitney.

This doesn't mean you can't use a wag bag even if there are toilets, that's how its done at almost every high-use remote trail out there. Whitney is the unique special case experiment where wag bags are the only option, no toilets. And Whitney is the one with the most complaints, by far.

Congratulations to everyone involved in this innovative project, you're advancing effective solutions to a very challenging problem!

Long's Peak Toilet Wins AIA Award






Edited by SierraNevada (08/09/19 07:40 AM)

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#55912 - 08/09/19 08:20 AM Re: Toilet Design at Longs Peak, RMNP Wins Architecture Award [Re: SierraNevada]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7877
Loc: Fresno, CA
I love the steel rods and stacked stone walls. No concrete to fail in the harsh freeze-thaw cycles.

...and nobody can tear them down like vandals did to the summit toilet walls years ago.

No crazy ranger can burn it down, either. wink

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#55916 - 08/09/19 12:36 PM Re: Toilet Design at Longs Peak, RMNP Wins Architecture Award [Re: SierraNevada]
Kascadia Offline


Registered: 07/23/18
Posts: 20
Loc: PNW - Cascade Foothills
Definitely a nominee for Scenic Toilets award!!

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#55917 - 08/09/19 04:43 PM Re: Toilet Design at Longs Peak, RMNP Wins Architecture Award [Re: Kascadia]
sumptimwong Offline


Registered: 03/15/19
Posts: 18
Loc: Bay Area, CA
Never thought I'd enjoy seeing a thread about a toilet, but here we are and damned if it doesn't deserve that award.

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#55924 - 08/10/19 04:18 PM Re: Toilet Design at Longs Peak, RMNP Wins Architecture Award [Re: sumptimwong]
nyker Offline


Registered: 07/26/12
Posts: 219
Loc: New York
Pretty cool..though looks like it will get pretty drafty eek

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#55926 - 08/10/19 06:04 PM Re: Toilet Design at Longs Peak, RMNP Wins Architecture Award [Re: nyker]
WanderingJim Offline


Registered: 02/09/15
Posts: 272
Loc: California
Originally Posted By: nyker
Pretty cool..though looks like it will get pretty drafty eek


At least the stink won't get trapped by a ceiling. smile
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