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)
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 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.