As a result of the lengthy research of toilet systems in backcountry locations, it was hypothesized that on-site continuous composting toiletry, using solar energy to power components of the system, was the most appropriate method because of the technical, logistical, environmental or cost constraints of other waste treatment systems. II. Methodology: Information was obtained by 1) analyzing library databases on the subject of waste treatment methods, 2) contacting individuals, organizations and manufacturers who have extensive experience with backcountry toilet management by written correspondence and telephone and, 3) personally evaluating backcountry toilets in the New England region. The author outlined the recommended system in a formal proposal to the United States Forest Service Androscoggin District Office in Gorham, New Hampshire. The author coordinated the purchase, shipment and construction of the toilet system, supervised the initial start-up and evaluated the performance of the compost chamber between July 15 and August 27, 1995. The manual was distributed to 15 individuals, organizations and backcountry managers who have an interest in backcountry waste management. III. Conclusion
Although no empirical data concerning pathogen reduction is known, composting toilet technology is a proven waste treatment technique at similar backcountry locations. If proven effective, this system may revolutionize methods used for treating human was te at mountain locations which experience extreme weather and high overnight use. A final evaluation of the project was bound into a summary which is available for review at the University of Vermont Environmental Program.