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Big Bend National Park Q&A => General Questions and Answers => Topic started by: happyhiker39 on January 10, 2007, 08:37:53 PM

Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: happyhiker39 on January 10, 2007, 08:37:53 PM
1) Er...um...what do you do when it's that time of the month in back country and you are out on a multi day backpacking trip? I'm trying to figure out what is the best way to handle those times as far as storing used products before they can be carried out, etc...  Feel free to pm me the answer just in case curious male eyes are watching. lol

2) I'm trying to figure out ways to stay relatively clean without adding a ton of weight to my pack.  Obviously I can't bring all my skin care, etc...What do you use to wash your face with for instance? Or do you just let it all go and not worry about how dirty you get?

Thanks for any tips/suggestions you can think of too that make camping for a woman easier.

HappyHiker39
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: Al on January 10, 2007, 08:53:49 PM
With regard to the second question there are all kinds of sanitary wipes out there these days. Put some in a ziplock bag.

Al
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: chisos_muse on January 10, 2007, 09:24:54 PM
Shoot lady....you take some ziploc baggies(pack out) and necessities, baby wipes and extra water to freshen, naw mean? Gots ta do what a lady gots ta do....
It's all good..... :wink:
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: happyhiker39 on January 10, 2007, 10:08:37 PM
Ok, so I was correct in my thinking about ziplock baggies, I just thought maybe there was a better way I wasn't aware of. Oh and the baby wipes...I didn't even think of those! Glad I asked. :)
Title: Outside the tent...
Post by: SHANEA on January 10, 2007, 11:27:24 PM
Quote from: "happyhiker39"
thinking about ziplock baggies,


Need to keep those zippy bags outside the tent in the bear box. :shock:

Seems to me the zippy bag people need to tap into the backpacking / camping market and issue "black zippy bags" so that you can't see what's in them - kinda like why body bags are black - morbid thought.  Black bag means you don't want to see what's in it.  I wouldn't suggest storing food items in black bags.   :P
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: happyhiker39 on January 11, 2007, 01:00:04 AM
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Need to keep those zippy bags outside the tent in the bear box. Shocked


OMG :oops:

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Seems to me the zippy bag people need to tap into the backpacking / camping market and issue "black zippy bags" so that you can't see what's in them

 
Great idea however about making them opaque. On a side note, I knew I was asking for it when I titled that thread Ladies Only.  :lol:
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: happyhiker39 on January 11, 2007, 01:29:41 AM
Ah, just in case inquiring minds want to know, I talked to a girlfriend of mine tonight who is a medical doctor. She said I can buy opaque zip lock baggies that are pre-marked "bio-hazardous waste" at medical supply stores.  Good to know.
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: Goldilocks on January 11, 2007, 07:10:57 AM
I LOVE the Idea of a Ladies Only thread!  Thanks for starting it.  

I don't have to deal with the first part of your question.. :lol: But Shane is right about the bear box.  There are lots of critters out there and if one gets into your tent and tears open the bag, you will have a mess.

For your face, Pond's makes a "Cleansing and Makeup Remover Towelettes"  and they come in a travel pack with 15.  They are gentler on your face than baby wipes.  I got mine at Wal-mart where the travel size stuff is.  

Don't wear makeup, even on the first day, and your face will stay cleaner. Do take something for your lips, though.  I like something with sunscreen in it.  They will get dry and chapped and that is no fun.  

Good luck and please keep the Ladies Only questions coming.  Expect the men to answer, though.   :wink:
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: RichardM on January 11, 2007, 08:46:38 AM
All cleaning supplies, sunscreen, toothpaste, etc. should go in the bear box.  Anything with a scent (other than perhaps dirty clothes) is better off where the critters can't get to it.  If in doubt, put it in the box.
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: randell on January 11, 2007, 09:00:45 AM
I really didn't want to butt in on your ladies only thread, but I have information on a product from my wife that may be useful...

It's a product that won't help you at "that time of month", but may help you during the course of the day of hiking or even in an unpleasant restroom on the road trip to Big Bend.  Some women are hesitant to use it I guess because it is not so "ladylike", but sometimes you just have to throw those conventions out (like in the middle of the night or on a freezing cold day).  

The product that my wife uses is Freshette, but this page lists (http://www.treehugger.com/files/2005/09/peeing_in_your.php) three other products in addition to Freshette.  

If you have any questions, you can pm me and I'll give you my wife's email so you can ask her directly.  Or you can just ask me   :!:
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: RichardM on January 11, 2007, 09:05:53 AM
Ok, I'm learning way more than I wanted to know, but a quick Google search for opaque ziploc bags for the backcountry (http://www.google.com/search?q=backcountry+ziploc+bags+opaque&btnmeta%3Dsearch%3Dsearch=Web&hl=en&edition=usa) turned up lots of websites with info relevant to this thread.  I'll leave it up to you ladies to refine the search and check out any of the websites.  :oops:

The classic book How to Sh!t in the Woods (http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/0898156270/103-1893349-4755063?SubscriptionId=0EMV44A9A5YT1RVDGZ82/103-1893349-4755063) might also be of use.
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: chisos_muse on January 11, 2007, 09:08:47 AM
Goldilocks is right about the makeup. Dont wear any! :wink:  Dove makes these foamy up towelletes that you add water to that come unscented if you want more of a "soap" clean feeling. I LOVE those!

And I've planned my trips around certain times of the month, if you can...
Usually the ladies are not at full strength at that time either. :(
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: happyhiker39 on January 11, 2007, 09:37:54 AM
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Goldilocks is right about the makeup. Dont wear any! Wink Dove makes these foamy up towelletes that you add water to that come unscented if you want more of a "soap" clean feeling. I LOVE those!


Great idea. I don't wear makeup other than a mineral based powder that serves as my sunscreen. I don't like the feel of lotiony sunscreen on my face because it's so heavy and greasy feeling. By the end of the day my face feels even grosser.  Plus, I have really sensitive skin and have to be careful what I put on it.
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: presidio on January 12, 2007, 09:52:50 AM
Quote from: "Goldilocks"
Don't wear makeup, even on the first day


I knew I was doing something wrong.  :lol:  :lol:
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: chisos_muse on January 12, 2007, 10:56:02 AM
Quote from: "presidio"
Quote from: "Goldilocks"
Don't wear makeup, even on the first day


I knew I was doing something wrong.  :lol:  :lol:


True....this is what happened to Presidio the last time he went hiking with makeup on..... :roll:

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c153/padme919/alice.jpg)
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: kellis1231 on January 12, 2007, 03:17:56 PM
Quote from: "happyhiker39"
Great idea. I don't wear makeup other than a mineral based powder that serves as my sunscreen. I don't like the feel of lotiony sunscreen on my face because it's so heavy and greasy feeling. By the end of the day my face feels even grosser.  Plus, I have really sensitive skin and have to be careful what I put on it.


Hey there -- I hope I did not misunderstand your above post......but if you are saying the only sunscreen you use is what is in your mineral based powder.......you might want to rethink that.  In the BB you need a real serious sunscreen at least 25......the higher the better.  The sun is unbelievably intense out there....even on overcast days.  And for your lips, you need some serious protection also.  Bert's Bees makes a "lifeguard formula" that really gives you the protection you need.  Please do not underestimate the effect of the sun (and wind) out there.
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: happyhiker39 on January 12, 2007, 04:30:12 PM
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Hey there -- I hope I did not misunderstand your above post......but if you are saying the only sunscreen you use is what is in your mineral based powder.......you might want to rethink that. In the BB you need a real serious sunscreen at least 25......the higher the better. The sun is unbelievably intense out there....even on overcast days. And for your lips, you need some serious protection also. Bert's Bees makes a "lifeguard formula" that really gives you the protection you need. Please do not underestimate the effect of the sun (and wind) out there.


Actually I do put on a first layer of sunscreen in the form of my facial moisturizer the morning of the first day out. I also wear a good wide brimmed hat that is supposed to offer maximum sun protection. And, in case of emergencies I do carry sunscreen that has a 50spf and is sweat proof. As far as the rest of my body being exposed to sun...I'll have it covered up with the appropriate clothing.

Wind is certainly something else I was wondering about. Wind burns suck and my lips are really sensitive to it.  Thanks for the Burt's Bees suggestion...I'll look for some. :)
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: presidio on January 12, 2007, 09:34:00 PM
Quote from: "chisos_muse"

True....this is what happened to Presidio the last time he went hiking with makeup on..... :roll:


That was hilarious. I hate it when my mascara runs. :(
Those were fee tears  :lol:  :lol:
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: RichardM on January 12, 2007, 10:52:34 PM
Quote from: "happyhiker39"
Wind is certainly something else I was wondering about. Wind burns suck and my lips are really sensitive to it.  Thanks for the Burt's Bees suggestion...I'll look for some. :)

Go find some Dermatone.  It works great for preventing windburn and has a decent SPF as well.  I first bought some while skiing in Maine in subzero temps.  It helped ward off frostbite and I continued to use it whenever I went skiing and never again had a problem with windburn (except for the few times I neglected to use it).  I used the version that comes in the small plastic "tin" like Carmex.  It works fairly well on lips, too.
Title: Superglue
Post by: SHANEA on January 13, 2007, 02:21:03 PM
Quote from: "RichardM"
Quote from: "happyhiker39"
Wind is certainly something else I was wondering about. Wind burns suck and my lips are really sensitive to it.
Go find some Dermatone.  I used the version that comes in the small plastic "tin" like Carmex.  It works fairly well on lips, too.


No, don't put superglue on your lips, but take a trick I learned from reading up on Everest expeditions - take a piece of string and superglue an end of it to the container of "whatever you use" for chapstick.  Then, attach the string either to a lanyard around your neck, your camera strap, whatever - then you have it readily accessible and will use it more often.  Also, I've noticed and have one of the small bottles of sundope that has a carbiner to it.  I attach that also to keep it handy and just refill the bottle with my own sundope as necessary (sundope = sun block).
Title: Re: Superglue
Post by: RichardM on January 13, 2007, 07:13:22 PM
Quote from: "SHANEA"
No, don't put superglue on your lips, but take a trick I learned from reading up on Everest expeditions - take a piece of string and superglue an end of it to the container of "whatever you use" for chapstick.  Then, attach the string either to a lanyard around your neck, your camera strap, whatever - then you have it readily accessible and will use it more often.

No super glue needed.  Most ski shops (and maybe REI) sell lip balm on lanyards with a rubber cap that fits on the cap of the balm.
Title: For Makeup...
Post by: SHANEA on January 17, 2007, 05:10:40 PM
For applying your makeup in the morning on the south rim, how about a camp mirror?

http://www.coghlans.com/catalogue/productList.php?catID=13
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: happyhiker39 on January 17, 2007, 05:49:35 PM
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For applying your makeup in the morning on the south rim, how about a camp mirror?


Nah, the signal mirror can double for that! ;)
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: TexasGirl on January 17, 2007, 06:02:17 PM
OK, guys, go hijack some other thread.  This is serious.  ;)  

Ziplock bags are God's own creation.  A simple paper bag, ziplock, and tp has been my solution.  I put wipes and "extras" in the paper bag and go do my thing.  However, for another option, check out thekeeper.com.  I learned about that on a European-travel forum.  (Matter of fact, many of my light-packing/travel skills carry right over to backpacking.)  

No makeup.  Dove, Pond's, lots of similar face wipes out there.  I took two "travel paks" of wipes to BIBE on our July trip and Sweetie used them too.  Sunscreen, yes.  Almay makes a light moisturizer with sunscreen for sensitive skin, as do many cosmetic companies.  Don't do without sunscreen, please.    

One day a few years ago, some Google search--obviously not a well-thought-out Google--presented me with instructions for how to pee standing up--for women.  Could be a very useful skill....
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: Undertaker on January 20, 2007, 09:05:23 AM
What concerns me is Shane is discussing applying "MAKEUP".

 :shock:
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: presidio on January 20, 2007, 10:12:28 AM
Quote from: "Undertaker"
What concerns me is Shane is discussing applying "MAKEUP". :shock:


Hey everybody could benefit from a little help.  :lol:  Maybe he can give me  some pointers to fix my dreadful appearance in that photo Muse posted. :mrgreen:

As to this thread.....4 women have posted 12 messages, while 6 men have posted 13 messages (including this one), and there is one unknown as their avatar depicts a couple. So much 'For Ladies Only'.
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: chisos_muse on January 20, 2007, 10:57:37 AM
Quote from: "presidio"

As to this thread.....4 women have posted 12 messages, while 6 men have posted 13 messages (including this one), and there is one unknown as their avatar depicts a couple. So much 'For Ladies Only'.


Yup.....what's the first thing that a 2 year old will do (when you turn your head) when you tell them not to touch something? :lol:
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: Goldilocks on January 20, 2007, 12:46:06 PM
Ladies,  it appears that SOME of the men here are jealous of our  Ladies Only thread.  :roll: See the Off Topic discussion...

 :lol:  :lol:
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: chisos_muse on January 20, 2007, 12:54:17 PM
Quote from: "Goldilocks"
Ladies,  it appears that SOME of the men here are jealous of our  Ladies Only thread.  :roll: See the Off Topic discussion...

 :lol:  :lol:


"Hold on a sec.........I'm on "M".......sombody get me another Corona :!:"

"And where the HELL did I put that Freshette thingy?????? Ahhhh screw it, this lil rainbow feller over here looks thirsty!"
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: Goldilocks on January 20, 2007, 12:58:48 PM
Quote from: "chisos_muse"

"Hold on a sec.........I'm on "M".......sombody get me another Corona :!:"

"And where the HELL did I put that Freshette thingy?????? Ahhhh screw it, this lil rainbow feller over here looks thirsty!"



I only made it to "G"...must be the light beer... 8)
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: presidio on January 20, 2007, 02:36:27 PM
Quote from: "Goldilocks"
Quote from: "chisos_muse"

"Hold on a sec.........I'm on "M".......sombody get me another Corona :!:"

"And where the HELL did I put that Freshette thingy?????? Ahhhh screw it, this lil rainbow feller over here looks thirsty!"



I only made it to "G"...must be the light beer... 8)


'twould appear there is a conspiracy afoot to avoid making these comments on the other thread. :lol:
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: Goldilocks on January 20, 2007, 02:42:38 PM
Presidio, we wouldn't want to hijack the deep philosophical discussion going on there.  Our weaker brains can't keep up... :oops:



On another note, Shane seems concerned about "girly men" responding.   :?   I don't know what he means by that.  Perhaps it means men who respond on a LADIES ONLY thread??  :?:

I'm just askin, is all.....

 :roll:  :roll:

Yes, Texasgirl, this thread is hijacked!
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: Goldilocks on January 20, 2007, 02:58:41 PM
For those who don't know me, I am KIDDING!    :wink:

ALL of you have posted some really good info here and I am grateful to everyone who adds their knowledge and experience to this board.  

 :wink:
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: chisos_muse on January 20, 2007, 03:04:17 PM
Quote from: "presidio"
'twould appear there is a conspiracy afoot to avoid making these comments on the other thread. :lol:




Well.....I'm not a man.... 8)
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: presidio on January 20, 2007, 05:19:54 PM
Quote from: "Goldilocks"
For those who don't know me, I am KIDDING!    :wink:



Whew! I was worried there for a minute.  :D
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: Wendy on January 20, 2007, 06:58:13 PM
Just to try to increase the number of women responding on this thread...  

I second the Ziploc baggies.   8)
Title: colored zip lock bags
Post by: TexasGirl on January 26, 2007, 12:12:24 PM
http://www.uline.com/Browse_Listing_232.asp?desc=Colored+Reclosable+Poly+Bags

one source from google 'colored ziploc bags'

We could split a box of 1000!  

OTOH, hit up your computer-geek friends to save the silvery zip-locking anti-static bags that components come in...or your IT dept.  Not entirely opaque, but free.  Tell 'em you like to use them for gift wrapping.  ;)
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: happyhiker39 on January 28, 2007, 04:56:25 PM
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Tell 'em you like to use them for gift wrapping. Wink


LOL
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: Goldilocks on February 03, 2007, 09:14:26 PM
I tried the Dove facial thingys that you add water to last weekend in Tyler.  They are great!  I loved them!  :lol: Much better than the Ponds ones I was using. :shock:

Also, I found some new thermals at Academy Sports on clearance.  They are called Hot Chillys.  My old silk thermals were almost worn out.  They are very warm and feel great.  The colors for women were baby blue or this weird pink so I bought the mens ones because they were black.  Someone needs to tell the makers of these things that women don't necessarily want "girly" colors.  But I highly recommend these.  They are polyester, not silk, but they work very well.   8)
Title: ‘Women of the Land’
Post by: SHANEA on February 05, 2007, 12:38:57 AM
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Media Contact: Sarah Bibbs, (512) 389-4577, sarah.bibbs@tpwd.state.tx.us or Tom Harvey, (512) 389-4453, tom.harvey@tpwd.state.tx.us

Feb. 5, 2007

‘Women of the Land’ Workshop Offered March 24-25
ALBANY, Texas — Landowners and other women interested in learning about land management, hunting basics and outdoor skills are invited to this year’s “Women of the Land,” workshop held at Stasney’s Cook Ranch in Albany, Texas, March 24-25.

The weekend seminar will offer a variety of classes to its participants, including: wildlife identification and management, deer and quail ecology, outdoor cooking, rifle and shotgun basics, ranch and wildlife management planning, and healthy streams and clean water management.

Saturday evening will feature an informal landowner panel called “Dessert, Coffee and Conservation,” focusing on stewardship and land management, with plenty of time allotted for questions.

“Talking with the actual landowners who are doing this work is always a highlight,” said Linda Campbell, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department private lands program director.

Another highlight of the workshop is the opportunity for mothers to bring their daughters along.

“The idea is to pass on the heritage of land stewardship,” said Campbell. “This is a good opportunity for interested teenagers who are helping their parents in the ranching business.”

Women age 14 and older are eligible to attend.

“Women of the Land 2007” is sponsored by the Texas Wildlife Association, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative and Stasney’s Cook Ranch.

The workshop’s registration deadline is March 1. Cost of the program is $150 for participants arriving on Saturday. Friday night lodging is available for an extra fee. For more information contact Linda Campbell at linda.campbell@tpwd.state.tx.us or (512) 389-4395 or Helen Holdsworth at h_holdsworth@texas-wildlife.org or (210) 826-2904.

A“Women of the Land 2007” flyer can be found online through the Texas Wildlife Association Website. Other workshops of interest can be located on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Web site, and more information on Stasney’s Cook Ranch can also be found on the Web.

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On the Net:

http://www.texas-wildlife.org/
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/land/private/workshops/
http://www.stasneyscookranch.com/
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: happyhiker39 on February 06, 2007, 03:25:24 PM
Thanks for the info Shane.
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: happyhiker39 on February 06, 2007, 04:01:30 PM
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Someone needs to tell the makers of these things that women don't necessarily want "girly" colors.


I second that! My thermals are black too. :)
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: presidio on February 09, 2007, 10:35:38 PM
Quote from: "happyhiker39"
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Someone needs to tell the makers of these things that women don't necessarily want "girly" colors.


I second that! My thermals are black too. :)


Just remember that it doesn't matter what color it is....if they tack on 'tactical' or 'professional' to the name or description the price will triple.

Tactical Pink is probably unaffordable. :lol:  :lol:
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: TexasGirl on February 11, 2007, 05:45:50 PM
Check out SmartWool at REI.  Their merino wool is soft and not itchy.  REI currently has black, purple, green, and blue in various weights, tops and bottoms.
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: happyhiker39 on February 13, 2007, 04:15:19 PM
I've heard good things about Merino wool. Might have to check it out next time I go to REI.
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: Goldilocks on February 13, 2007, 05:08:36 PM
Quote from: "TexasGirl"
Check out SmartWool at REI.  Their merino wool is soft and not itchy.  REI currently has black, purple, green, and blue in various weights, tops and bottoms.


Just stay away from Tactical Pink   :lol:  :lol:
Title: Questions for the LADIES ONLY please...
Post by: TexasGirl on February 15, 2007, 10:13:34 PM
Oh, I dunno...depends on what my goal is, I guess!  ;)