Well, you hold one nostril closed with your index finger, like this…

Ha. Philip Werner has a blogpost here
on an inelegant topic. It reminded me of my first day as a high school
cross-country coach. The school was just beginning cross-country and
none of the boys (just boys…it was the olden days) knew anything about
it, or about running distance in general. We were jogging slowly in a
group and chatting to get to know each other when one of them asked to
be excused, and headed off for the school building. He returned quickly,
then another boy needed to go in. When the third boy asked, I
realized this couldn’t be what I at first thought it was. So I asked, and received their common answer with incredulity. They had needed to
blow their noses. So my first lesson as coach was to teach my apparently
virus plagued and ultra-fastidious crew how to manage this procedure
without benefit of kleenex.

Runners, of course, also drool, froth at the mouth in hot weather, bleed from
untaped nipples in cold weather, frequently produce odd noises from one
orifice or another, and occasionally fall victim to poorly timed bodily
functions. As a senior in high school, I beat a very good runner in very
tough two-mile when he, ah, lost control of himself. In college, I ran
with a half-miler who threw up after every race. And, of course, we spit a lot (sorry, sweet B), and often use our shirts as washcloths, bandages, or bar towels. We are a fairly disgusting crew taken all in all. Much worse than most walkers or hikers. Climbers? A toss-up.

And that brings us back to Philip’s post. In the winter mountains, I use a two-step process that relies on digital technique followed by handkerchief or tissue for occasional touch-ups. And if it’s something else, just go behind that bush over there.


Well, you hold one nostril closed with your index finger, like this… — 1 Comment

  1. I went backpacking last weekend with a women who studies mucus at MIT. She approves of the snot-rocket method too! Imagine, we're walking does the trail and I got to ask her, "what is mucus made out of."

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