What’s a Kula Cloth?

Why do we carry this product? I gotta pee!

At Compass Point, the home of Dirty Girl Adventures, we have a new product to share. We are super excited about the Kula Cloth and the story behind it. We love hiking and adventuring in many different places and “leaving no trace” is important to us. We also are little tired of the “drip dry” technique or the pee bandana on the back of our packs.

It’s not indelicate to discuss personal hygiene for women in the wilderness – it’s actually IMPORTANT! It’s about personal comfort AND taking care of the environment. Here is the story of the Kula Cloth and Anastasia Allison, the creator of the Kula Cloth. It’s taken from her website with permission.

Pretty cool story if you ask us! You can purchase a Kula Cloth in person at Compass Point. (800 N. Kansas Avenue, Topeka, Kansas)

Alpine beginnings 

Kula Cloth ™ was born during a trip to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in Washington State.  Anastasia Allison was enjoying a spectacular sunset over Robin Lakes, when she walked around a larch tree to discover… a giant pile of toilet paper. 

Upon returning home, she started researching Leave No Trace options for toilet paper in the wilderness. She discovered the concept of a pee cloth and decided to give it a try (even though she had to admit – it sounded a little weird at first). She didn’t like the idea of a bandana, so she bought a small blue piece of microfiber. This piece of fabric was a game changer for her – as a women’s backpacking instructor for nearly 10 years, she started encouraging all of her students to use a pee cloth in the wilderness.

A dream is born.

As a joke, Anastasia started taking photos of her blue microfiber pee cloth in various spectacular wilderness settings. She was taking a dramatic photo of her pee cloth on the Wind River High Route when she caught herself thinking, “I wish that looked cooler.” Suddenly, she had the idea to design an intentional pee cloth  – something that she could feel proud to wear on her pack. She wanted it to feel like an actual piece of gear, not just an afterthought ‘rag’ or a scrap of cloth. 

After nearly 3 years of obsessively researching (with ZERO experience in the textile industry and no clue how to use a sewing machine) and after hundreds of hours of field testing with over 30 adventurous testers, she finalized the design and the Kula Cloth™ was born. 

The mission of Kula Cloth™ is to:

– Promote Leave No Trace practices by normalizing and encouraging the use of an intentionally designed pee cloth

– Cultivate an empowered community of individuals who promote stewardship through leading by example  

Kula means more than just a piece of gear.

The Kula Cloth™ gets its name from Kula Khangri – the tallest mountain in Bhutan. Anastasia completed a trek in Bhutan in 2011, and it was a life-changing experience for her. Including the name of a peak symbolizes the process of accomplishing anything in life – mountains are climbed one step at a time. Kula also means ‘community’ in Sanskrit. It is our belief that the Kula Cloth™ will cultivate an environment of connection between those who feel a common bond over this very intentional piece of gear. 

About the founder.

Anastasia Allison is a former park ranger and police officer who left her job after a near fatal car accident to pursue her dream of living an adventure-inspired life. She is a Wilderness First Responder and has been a backpacking instructor with Washington Outdoor Women for nearly 10 years. She is the Seattle Trail Scout and Gear Tester for Backpacker Magazine, she hosts the Inspired Adventurepreneur Podcast on iTunes, and she is the violinist for The Musical Mountaineers

Anastasia and Aaron on the Wind River High Route

Anastasia and her husband Aaron and their two cats, Niko and Cinder, live in the Pacific Northwest. Anastasia and Aaron have climbed all 5 Washington volcanoes together and they spend most of their free time in the backcountry. Aaron plays the ukulele, and they currently are working to complete a personal goal of performing one song together in every State Park in Washington. 

You can watch more about Anastasia’s story here.

Compass Point… Home of Dirty Girl Adventures

Well, it’s finally happened! We have found a place to call home, a basecamp for our tribe! We’ve purchased a great spot in NOTO the Arts and Entertainment District in Topeka, Kansas! (800 North Kansas Avenue)

It is amazing! It includes 2 buildings and an awesome courtyard and it’s TWO BLOCKS from the Mighty Kaw! We can’t wait to reveal the logo for Compass Point and to share our schedule of events… still building but it will be epic! Stay tuned!

We are building an inventory of retail products that we love – quality products that we have either found to be useful in our adventures or great, creative products we have used and love. We are also planning to host our events, classes and a wide variety of whole health and wellness activities here. Think yoga, self care Sunday, classes, retreats and social events. We will even have LIVE music at least once a month.

We are so excited and having fun creating this space. We are so thankful for the support and hands on help we have had over the last month!

Thanks everyone! We hope to see you for our Grand Opening on April 5th. Ribbon cutting at 4:30 and live music from The Dullards from 6-9pm with our new neighbors Front Door Catering in their saucy BBQ Food Truck!

It’s First Friday so all of NOTO will be open and full of excitement! We plan to have live music and various Food Trucks available EVERY First Friday!

Have you read the Dirty Girl Creed? Do it!

Dirty Girls love the outdoors! They carry their own kayaks and put up their own tents. Dirty Girls are not afraid to get muddy or sweaty and they do not get a manicure before going camping. (Sometimes after…)

A Dirty Girl is not afraid of anything, but still might scream (a little) at surprises like a snake dropping in her canoe or a fish jumping in her kayak!

Dirty Girls are smart. They remember to pack extra sunscreen, extra beer and a rope in their kayak in order to be prepared for any eventuality or to tow injured friends back to the boat ramp.  

Dirty Girls make time for themselves; not because they are selfish but because they are smart!

Dirty Girls don’t say anything about their own bodies that they wouldn’t say to their Dirty Girl Friend!

Dirty Girls are open to learning new things and they aren’t afraid to ask for help when they need it! 

Dirty Girls know how to pee in the water and the woods.  Except for Dirty Girl No-wah-pee who is the exception!

Even Dirty Girls cry when they drop their phone, camera or beer in the water, but Dirty Girls are resilient and after a lot of cussing, move on!

A Dirty Girl knows what to do when she gets poison ivy on her butt; A Dirty Girl knows what poison ivy looks like, but hey, it happens to everyone!

Dirty Girls are fun, funny, sensitive, kind and a little crazy.

Dirty Girls are loyal. 

A Dirty Girl is independent and can stand alone.  She doesn’t need a man, but she loves a Dirty Guy!  A Dirty Guy is strong, supportive, faithful, loyal and loving.  Dirty Guys love their Dirty Girls just the way they are – if they don’t then Dirty Girls don’t need them!

Men in big trucks with balls hanging from their bumpers do not impress Dirty Girls.

A Dirty Girl does not say bad things about another Dirty Girl.

Dirty Girls are determined and never give up. Dirty Girls fall off their mountain bikes, but keep on going. 

Dirty Girls don’t let a little blood stop them (stitches don’t hurt much).

Dirty Girls work together and encourage each other to have fun and to be independent.

If you are friends with a Dirty Girl, you can tell her anything and she won’t judge you.

Dirty Girls believe that life is a journey, changing all the time.

Dirty Girls are all different and they accept other Dirty Girls as they are; black, white, brown, tall, short, fat, skinny or strong, gay or straight, loud, quiet, shy or silly. Dirty Girls are all beautiful in their own way. Dirty Girls are mothers, daughters, wives, sisters, friends, single, divorced, married, but above all, strong in spirit and independent.

Join us; you can be a Dirty Girl, too!