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Just speaking on urine and bacterial concentrations: urine generally is pretty sterile. Even when it is infected it is orders of magnitude lower in concentration of bacteria. An infected sample of urine is generally one with 1 x 10^5 or higher. Normal stool/feces, for example, is typically 1 x 10^10 or 1 x 10^11. So, stool/feces is close to a million times higher in concentration than infected urine. Net-net, unless someone has a specific kind of bacteria in their urine that is worrisome (in which case they probably won't feel well enough to climb), you have very little to worry about with urine alone as far as infection goes.

Finally, urethritis (infected urethra) is pretty uncommon, so again worrying about urine going through the urethra for infection (save perhaps Gonorrhea or Chlamydia) is not unlikely to be worrisome in a climbing gym environment.
Leo Paik
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Sep 22, 2013
As far as climbing in the gym goes, that's just silly whether you wear shoes or not. If anyone has a problem with people climbing barefoot, they should be prepared to climb in rubber gloves. The human hand is a sneaky thing and you just never know where it's been. Every single person wipes their ass with their hand, I've never known anyone who wipes with their foot. Take that germaphobes! Hardhat n Hexes
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Sep 22, 2013
many around here have their foots in their mouth...and the mouth is the dirtiest place on the body (or damn near)

Leo - Logically, I agree with you, but that's FRESH urine -straight from the tap. My understanding was that nice warm, nutrient-rich piss breeds bacteria fairly quickly, especially given its typical locations...true or not?

That's why I try to clean up within 48 hrs of pissing myself.




(This thread has literally gone in the toilet)
Mark Pilate
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Sep 22, 2013
Mark, yes, bacteria like warmth, but there generally isn't much in the way of great nutrients in urine unless you are diabetic and spilling glucose into your urine. Fresh urine really only affects the temperature. It cools quickly to ambient temperatures. The essence of what I was trying to indicate with the above data is that urine is far, far, far less worrisome for bacteria than stool/feces. It's nice to clean up within seconds to minutes of "pissing", but that is really a cultural nicety. Practically, scientifically, and logically, there are far more worrisome bodily fluids/semi-solids to worry about before urine - e.g. stool, oral secretions, etc. FWIW, some baseball players use urine to toughen their hands. Leo Paik
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Leashless bliss. 3 points of contact
Call the germbusters! No, wait...
fox6now.com/2013/02/17/contact...
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