LIVING SAFELY IN THE BACK COUNTRY
This page is dedicated to the early pioneer women who led the way, ditched their skirts, and broke trail. Let the rest of us follow in their footsteps and create our own adventures!
My goal on this page is to share with women of all ages what I have learned about adventuring comfortably in the wilderness. My knowledge is based on many years of experience, both working and recreating in the out of doors.
I will begin by sharing my version of the “Seven P’s”. One version of the 7 Ps for wilderness safety and survival is this: “Prior Preparation and Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance.”
Below are the 7 Ps for Wilderness Women.
SEVEN Ps FOR WILDERNESS WOMEN
7. Pleasure and Passion
Preparation is learning what you need to know and practicing the skills necessary for safety and survival.
Know where you are going and what you will be doing.
1. Learn about the local flora and fauna.
a. Be able to identify the poisonous plants.
b. Be able to identify poisonous insects, ticks, & other critters.
2. Know your equipment.
a. Learn how to maintain it.
b. Know how to repair it.
3. Be physically and mentally prepared for the activity and adventure.
4. Think about potential emergencies and learn how to handle them:
a. Equipment problems
b. Medical emergencies
c. Weather emergencies
d. Surviving the unexpected night out
5. Practice, have a dry run close to home, to test all your gear.
Peeing is not that big of a deal if it is warm outside and the weather is beautiful. You just drop your drawers and squat. No big deal. Now think about this scenario: You are on a winter back country ski trip to one of the beautiful 10th Mountain Huts in Colorado. You have 2 or 3 layers of clothes on your bottom half, skis on your feet, and a pack on your back. You are on a hill and you have to go. You get your skis stabilized, take off your pack, unzip your pants, pull them down, pull down all your underneath layers, squat, and hope that you won’t slide down the hill.
You can create any scenario similar to this and immediately recognize the potential difficulty. You say to yourself, “There’s got to be a better way.” And there is.
All women can pee standing up. Most women think just get your clothes out of the way and pee. You feel the splash on your legs, your clothing, shoes, or boots. Ugh. And again you think “There’s got to be a better way.” Yes, there is.
This method is a way to pee standing up that prevents the splash and makes aiming a breeze.
1. Wear the right clothing.
a. Outer layer of clothing (windproof, waterproof layer) needs to have a front to back crotch zipper. Purchasing an outer layer with a full crotch zipper can be quite expensive. It works well to take your pants to a seamstress and have a zipper put in. Try a pair of inexpensive pants first to make sure it is done correctly.
b. The rest of the underneath layers only need to be cut along the crotch seam, front to back. If the fabric is fleece, nothing else needs to be done. If the fabric is wool or silk, the edges need to be hemmed so they don’t ravel.
2. Stand with your legs apart, knees slightly bent, and do a pelvic tilt.
3. Using your fingers, spread your labia and slide them upward bringing your meatus (pee hole) anterior to your body. Normally when women stand, our meatus is aimed directly at the ground. This brings it forward.
4. Relaxing, feet apart, knees bent, pelvic tilt, meatus forward, now pee. You will find that your urine flows in an arc just like a guy! With your fingers, adjust your aim and never again will you have splashes on your legs, pants, or boots.
I suggest you practice in the shower a couple times to perfect the technique and never again will you have to do this!
FUDs (Female Urinary Devices)
There might be times when standing up to pee isn’t the best option. You are winter camping, its nighttime, and ver cold outside! You really have to go and just don’t want to get out of the tent. FUDs can come to your rescue!
FUDs are funnels with or without extension tubes. They come in reusable and disposable forms. Backpacker Magazine reviewed FUDs. Here is the link if you want to read it: http://www.backpacker.com/gear-zone-gear-review-female-urination-devices/gear/14173
This is a list of current items on the market:
Lady J - $9
Freshette - $20
She Wee - $13
Whiz Freedom - $29
pStyle - $12
Go Girl - $10
TravelMate - $13
She-P - a specific urinary system for dry suit scuba diving. $215
Magic Cone - 30 for $25
Urinelle - $3.50 for pack of 7
Urifemme - 3 funnels/daypack. 60 daypacks for $98 (180 funnels)
* Prices are estimated and may vary among distributors.
Remember to label your pee bottle in BIG letters and keep it on your side of the tent so your tent mate won’t accidentally quench his/her thirst in the middle of the night!
More to come!