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Loneliest outhouses on Earth

May - 9 - 2012
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When you gotta go, you gotta go. And answering nature’s call – any time, anywhere – is certainly what the builders of these remote outhouses seem to have had in mind. Often situated in incredibly scenic locations, some of these outhouses also seem highly precarious, looking like they’re about to topple over a cliff at any minute! Was this positioning chosen in the name of ventilation? Who knows.


Photo: Kathy Weaver

Brrrrr! It’s making us shiver just looking at this snow-covered outhouse. We’re just hoping there’s enough toilet paper, as you wouldn’t want to be caught with your pants down here. Still, with the clouds rolling in and all that snow around, at least washing your hands shouldn’t be a problem…As well as worrying about frostbite, patrons of this toilet should also be aware that it’s in full view of the fire lookout tower in Hood River County, Oregon, so in fact, despite appearances, privacy might be a bit of an issue, too.

Photo: oregonlahar

Just imagine having to answer nature’s call after a long, exhausting hike or a strenuous climb. Then think of your glee at finding a proper toilet in the middle of nowhere. Just as you open the door, you see the sign “private property”. Ah, what rotten luck! But then again, who would know? If you want to face this dilemma for real, this loneliest of lavs (reachable only by ski plane) can be found on Alaska’s Mount McKinley. It is part of the Don Sheldon Mountain Hut and was built in 1966.


Photo: Curt Toumanian

Here’s another view of the lodge and outhouse to put things in perspective. Imagine having to go out there in the middle of the night… Without the stunning scenery to guide visitors, it doesn’t seem like a good idea, given the precarious walk. Perhaps best to squeeze tight and hold those pressing urges until morning!

Photo: Rebecca Tifft

Looking at this image, one wonders what people were thinking, giving this outhouse such a perilous location. Maybe they liked the thrill of ‘toileting’ on the edge – or the feeling of the wind blowing as they were doing so? In either case, this crapper is private and for use only by the fire lookout on Moose Mountain, Alberta, Canada. For our part, we are relieved (pun intended) to see some steel cables holding it in place.

Photo: Altamons

Speaking of crappers, the story behind that particular nickname for toilet is an interesting one. There was actually a man named Thomas Crapper who lived during the Victorian era, from 1836 to 1910 to be precise. He was a plumber, and though he did not invent the flush toilet (as is often mistakenly assumed) he founded a London-based company that made lavatorial supplies called Thomas Crapper & Co. The quality of his products was so good that he soon received royal warrants. To this day, toilets are still sometimes known as crappers. (Just don’t go using that term in front of your grandma…)

Photo: Emily

Flat out crappy may be an accurate description for this Porta-Potty, which seems to be not only the loneliest but also the remotest portable toilet on earth. After all, who’s going to come by and empty it? And how often?Portable sanitation units, as they are officially called, have actually been around since the 1960s. This particular one can be found in Aruba’s Arikok National Park, which takes up approximately 18 percent of the island. The national park that is, not the Porta-John! Aruba, part of the Lesser Antilles – located just north of the Venezuelan coast and belonging to the Netherlands – is famous for its varied rock formations, iguanas, snake and bird species and, apparently, one lonely, plastic restroom.

Photo: Nestor Lacle

This isolated can sits in Bodie, CA. It may literally be the loneliest bathroom around as Bodie is a nineteenth- / early twentieth-century ghost town, a remnant of the Gold Rush. On second thoughts, with 200,000 visitors a year to the historic destination, this old-fashioned outhouse might not be so solitary after all.

Photo: Chris Grimshaw

Apparently, remote toilets were popular in Bodie, CA: here’s another lonely loo that’s amazingly well-preserved. One wonders if it is still in use. The door is non-existent, but hey, who would want to miss out on the view of those perfect cotton-wool clouds rolling by?

Photo: Jim Bahn

Here, we have not one but two toilets; in fact, a whole toilet house. If you look closely, you can even still see the faint outline of a man painted on the left and a woman on the right side. Though we can’t know for sure, we’re assuming the toilets fell into disrepair due to lack of use. After all, who’s going to bother fixing a remote bathroom smack in the middle of the Peruvian desert that’s only used once every blue moon? The location’s scenic, though, and we’d assume it’s popular with squatters (if you’ll forgive the pun).

Photo: Remote toilets image from Bigstock

We’re not sure if the owner of this outhouse was aiming for a bit of peace and quiet or whether they deliberately looked for the most scenic spot around. What could be more relaxing than a comfort station amid the rural tranquility of trees and rolling hills? (Just so long as there’s enough toilet paper…)

Photo: Wyoming outhouse image from Bigstock

This image of a colorful outhouse in Maseru, Lesotho is one of our favorites. A lovely plateau overlooking the foothills of the Maloti Mountains, earthy tones supported by white, cottony clouds above… and bam! in the middle of it all you’ve got a brightly-painted outhouse in yellow and blue. What’s not to love?

Photo: Marina Faycal

The outhouse pictured here is probably the most luxurious of the lot. Seemingly immaculate, it comes complete with a “private” sign and a lock. Not to mention the view over Kananaskis Country in Alberta, Canada. Just lovely.

Photo: Dream Valley

This lonely john in Brennelv, Norway gets extra points for the lovingly carved-out heart in the door. Isn’t it an outhouse straight out of a textbook? For those, er, longer sessions, there should be a do-it-yourself guide provided for those inspired to copy this fine example of craftsmanship.

Photo: Rune Johansen

California’s Death Valley, more specifically the Shoshone Mines, is the setting for this lonely outhouse. This is actually a nighttime shot, made even more spectacular by the star trails that were also captured. Wish upon a star… while doing your business. Priceless.

Photo: Hunter Luisi

Written by: Simone Preuss

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