Surprise! Shawn had a new tire for me for the last race I couldn’t make (because of the leg) So I guess this means I’m racing 🙂 Let’s hope the CRF can handle it because it’s gonna be muddy ; ) As Brian (the customer who told me about the Cowbell) said, “It’s not the arrow, it’s the Indian. But it is more like, can I handle hours of riding without stopping. Before I got out of shape we could ride all day; not anymore.
The CRF needs to make it 50 miles for the race and it can go about 70mpt if I am not wide open the entire time (which I won’t be).
B.A.S.E. is an acroym for Building, Antenna, Span, and Earth. The sport requires its participants to use a very carefully packed B.A.S.E. Rig (with no reserve) to jump from the aforementioned objects. I have been in training since the summer of last year and started by doing ground crew, where I later practiced exits from balloons, immediately going into a track, to jumping from the 486 ft Perrine Bridge (S) in Twin Falls, Idaho–a legal, popular, and often first BASE jumping site for many.
My goal was to eventually make my first earth jump (E) from Yellow Ocean, a 1450 foot cliff in in Switzerland (seen at the left). YO is overhung and I knew I could get 7 1/2 seconds with a good track, plus it has a surplus of landing areas as you can see in the photo. But I was not going to rush myself. Our yearly Lauterbrunnen trip was coming up and although I had the desire, and even though I was ready physically and skill-wise, I didn’t go over there with the complete intention of jumping. However, I did, and after 4 minutes of counting down and recounting, and 9 practice touches, I jumped and everything else came natural. And it was EPIC. In fact, I couldn’t wait to get packed and go back up.
I know I only have 18 Span jumps and my 2 Earth jumps from Yellow Ocean, but my 2 E jumps have, by far, made up for any quantity. The Valley and its people, top my list of the most wonderful experiences I have enjoyed while traveling. I am going back to Switzerland in a week to jump Yellow Ocean again, and then La Mousse, and finally High Nose if I progress well. I love my new FLiK 220 canopy, which I tried out for the first time at the Perrine three weeks ago, so at least I got some action waiting for the Swiss trip 🙂
As with skydiving, you can unfortunately achieve a pretty raunchy level of nastiness while BASE jumping. But I must tell you, I don’t really care. I care about my safety, not my make-up or hair. Although I will admit to you that I partake in the beauty basics before my jumps and don’t care about anything else but BASE until after I get back to the hotel, or apartment, to tend to any beauty-rescue opps. But I warn you, you will sweat hiking to exit points, or out of landing areas, your hair will get tangled, you will get funky-dirty, you hopefully will not but may get whip-lash, be bruised, scraped, and/or bloody. But one thing is for sure, you will be high as a kite after your jumps from the endorphins. It is more than worth it.
My tips are pretty basic for this one, if you absolutely have a need to look your best (say for instance while filming a documentary, or needing pics for articles as I did), here they are:
-Stay Hydrated: This is very important, you perspire a lot during hikes and of course from the energy spent on the sport itself. When it’s hot, you just don’t realize how much fluid you lose. Just remember, whetever you hike up with, you have to jump down with. Don’t ever leave any trash behind, or desecrate a site. BASE is already illegal in the US except for a few spots, and sometimes even those are only open by permit a day or two out of the year. Don’t screw it up more. When you are in other countries, likewise, respect the land or area (legal or not). Now that I am finished with my rant. Most I know use bottled water (a single bottle) and then they crush the plastic bottle, stash it in their cargos, and jump it down. Some use Camelbaks. I have sipped from streams in Switzerland, but these days you don’t know which water is safe and which is not–especially in the US.
-Sunblock: I use it on my face but that’s all. I don’t like any residue to get on my gear and I am usually covered up anyway for big wall jumps, even gloves. I barely get an exposure where I go due to the little amount of time that I am hiking (or walking to the bridge), the time of day, or the environment itself (a heavy canopy of trees, or the sun being blocked by a massive wall of rock). There are jumps which I would get hours of sun during the hike, like the Perrine. I got a pretty good tan and honestly it was a chore keeping any sunblock on (which I DID use this time)
-Make-up: I admit it, I put make-up on in the mornings, even when I camp if my skin is not in the greatest of shape. Not full-on, full-face make-up, but foundation, powder and some mascara with maybe brow pencil, okay, okay and some eyeliner. The point is, I do it in the morning for the day of whatever comes up and I don’t worry about it all day. Okay, I lie, I reapplied when I went back to the hotel to pack my parachute at the Perrine but we were taking lots of pics and my skin was broken out then.
-Hair: I keep it clean and put it in a short ponytail. You don’t need long hair in the unlikely event it gets caught in your risers and you don’t want it all tangled anyway. Don’t worry about your hair, worry about the jump.
-Nails: I keep mine short for packing in general now, and for climbing. I don’t like long nails at all when on a BASE trip. In fact I’ve had my nails short and natural for months now.
-Lotions and Potions: Keep oily lotions and residue away from your gear Don’t ruin your gear by getting products on it. This includes tanners, lotions, and perfumes. Keep them off of your body and away from your gear.
-Deodorant: This is a must, ew. I use the powder-stick kind.
-Clothing: Protective clothing is a must, but this can depend upon the weather. Keep to layers, I prefer cargos and tanks and a light over-shirt made from a nice moisture-wicking material such as Under Armour Heat Metal Gear. If you are chilly at rest before the hike, you will usually get hot during it. I don’t like push up bras either, I like my flattening sportsbra to keep my boobs out of the way of my chest strap. During your jump, wear the appropriate suit (full tracking suit, tracking pants, wingsuit, etc.) wear your helmet, and knee pads, and gloves (if you are so inclined) Wear shoes with good traction, but with NO LACE HOOKS! You don’t want your lines getting caught in your hooks. If you have them , you can pull your socks over your hooks, or use gaffer’s tape. My Scarpas have hooks and I have used them in Switzerland but I can pull my sock tops over them. I normally use pretty light Rocket Dog lowrise, hiking shoes for non-technical climbs and. Or Merrell hiking boots for medium or heavy technical climbs. However, if you have tracking booties or wingsuit booties that fit over your boots, it usually doesn’t make a difference.
-Extras: Don’t ever feel you have to jump. If you’re not feeling it, if the wind’s not right, if you don’t feel you have the skill, don’t do it. Everyone has been there. BASE jumping has a way with natural selection, the stupid don’t stay around forever, and we all know it. Sure, accidents can happen, but no jump is worth your life. No one is going to think you’re a wimp if you walk down. I have to say jumping Yellow Ocean was the most liberating moment of my life, but I would have walked down just the same as I had the year before when I wasn’t jumping back then, if it didn’t feel right.
The End Of The Day
When you finally, and I say that loosely, come down from your high and you are finished talking with your friends about the jump and watching the videos (if this applies to you), a hot bath or shower feels magnificent. Usually after that and a good meal, you will sleep like a baby.
Next Time: Wingsuit Piloting
We were essentially bored with the same Halloween song and dance of prior years and decided to do something “different.” Camping turned out to be different. So we packed up our pumpkins to carve, our ingredients for caramel apple cider and caramel apples, our gear, food rations, champagne, and of course a pirate flag, and set out to do some Fall camping at Yosemite.
Who knew it would get cold enough at night for our condensation to freeze right on our two person tent. We saw deer, squirrels tried to steal our food, I saw a bear [which I am deathly afraid of], but the park was near empty. We had the place practically to ourselves!
The fall foliage was breathtaking. I honestly had the best Halloween I had ever had. It was fun, and we didn’t have to worry about costumes, drunk drivers, crowds, weeks of fattening candy because you wouldn’t answer the door to the hoards of annoying trick or treaters (I am kidding!), late night post-drunken dinners at Denny’s, awww you know the drill.
-Stay Hydrated: We brought plenty of Cytomax and water. What more do you need?
Sunscreen: Even though it is Fall, you will need a good SPF sunscreen.
-Clothing: Proper clothing is eseential when you don’t know what temperature it is going to be from one minute to the next,. Fall can be pretty unpredictable. We brought layers, and underlayers, plous gloves, hates, and coats. The temperatures were freezing at night, the temperatures during the day were quite mild.Baby wipes: These are great for wiping off the grime and freshening up your neck, armpits, back, stomach, and various crackz—whatever! You don’t really get to shower when you camp and you start stinkin’ fast. Remember that they dry out easily once they are opened even if you seal them back properly. Seal them further in a small Ziploc baggie. Lip Balm: Dry, chapped lips aren’t fun.]
-Anti-bacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer: You’ll thank me later. There is usually nowhere to wash your hands after doing your business in teh wodds or in the campo toilets. Yuck.
-Toilet Paper: Seriously.
-Mirror: I usually bring a mirror, a toothbrush, toothpaste, light, spill-proof cosmetics, etc. in a travel bag and place it in my gear bag. Also bring Band-Aids. moleskin, Neosporin, and tweezers because splinters, scrapes, cuts, and blisters happen when you camp and hike.
-Make-up: Like I said, I do bring light cosmetics. I use mineral powders and concealer, plus lip balm.
-Hair: The altitude, and cool mountain air can dry out your hair. I usually wash it before I go and stick it in a ponytail or scrunchie and call it a week. PHYTO PLAGE Protective Sun Veil to protect your hair from the damaging effects of UV Light and the dryness of the air if you need a little something extra.
N-ails: I like having shorter nails for camping. Getting a nail ripped off in the middle of nowhere is NOT fun. Bedides, have you ever had melted, blackened marshmallows attach to your acrylic nails, you’re pretty much screwed afterwards.
At The End Of The Week
You are going to need to be boiled. Talk about downright, more-than-Extreme-Golf-sinister-nasty. Eeeew. You will begin repelling bears and the squirrels won’t care what food you’re giving away by the end of the week. When you I suggest a shower because your tubwater will be gray and you don’t want to sit in that. Don’t forget to deep-condition your hair and also apply a good moisturizer, like Aveeno Moisturizing Lotion, on your skin .
Don’t forget to have fun! Hope you had a great Halloween!
*Photos by Barry Holubeck
Next Time: Wintersports Are Coming!!
Snowboarding & Skiboarding (or skiing)!
The only reasons to like winter are the holidays and winter sports! However, extreme temperatures wreak absolute havoc on your skin, hair, nails, and body overall. Add to it the harsh winds and you have a recipe for a difficult beauty restoration project. Trust me!
I would have to say the most difficult factors are the fierce cold and harsh winds. The next two concerns would be the UV exposure and the lack of moisture.
•Stay Hydrated: As always, stay hydrated. The only problem with staying hydrated is having to take off your equipment and the three thousand layers of clothing to go to use the restroom. Add to this the recreational use of alcohol during winter sports (which I have been guilty of only a few times), which can dehydrate you even more. Regardless, it is important to drink plenty of water when you are sailing. I use a Camelbak so I always have water on hand. I have put in warm water before but it usually doesn’t keep the line from freezing so be sure to blow back into your line so there is no water in it. Keep the water within the inner bladder and you will have less problems with freezing.
•Sunscreen & Clothing: WEAR A HIGH SPF SUNSCREEN! Anthelios is a great line, I don’t get any redness if I use it no matter what I am doing. Obviously you are going to be covered up completely in the thick of winter, but I know as the season ends and it gets warmer, you may be tempted to shed clothing. I do it to so I don’t blame you, just be sure to wear a light layer so you don’t get ice burn in theevent that you fall, and also to help with UV exposure.
•Lip Balm: I absolutely have to have this. My lips are prone to getting very chapped. I find that the usual Vaseline Lip Therapy needs to be reapplied often so honestly I stick with waxier Chapstick. Nonetheless, I am always protected. Choose one with at least an SPF 15.
•Mirror: A small compact is a good idea, although a non-breakable is even a better idea. Use it to check your nose if you get the sniffles, which you will—there is no way around it. Remember to place a few paper towels (or very tough Kleenex) in your pocket, as well. Kleenex usually shreds, and paper towels usually rub your nose raw. You’re out of luck both ways so this is a preference.
•Make-up: Foundation is a great way to help block UV light as well as covers blemishes. I use a highly pigmented foundation from MAC and Bare Escentuals mineral powder. I don’t usually reapply throughout the day. Unless I have a huge blemish, I may carry concealer.
•Hair: If you wash your hair in the morning (which you shouldn’t) make sure you dry it COMPLETELY. Freezing temperatures freeze hair as well. Seriously. I have had hair break off after getting wet from the snow and then refreezing. Keep it in a scrunchie and up in a hat. You may think you look cuter with golden locks or a pony tail hanging out, and you probably so, but it kills your hair.
•Nails: I personally prefer to snowboard with short nails. I have had far too many acrylics nails ripped off to care what my hands look like. Besides, I am wearing gloves and many times the fingers aren’t long enough to adequately fit my fingers with long nails. You can always put them back on or grow them out. Better that than a ripped off fingernail.
At The End Of The Day
You will feel like showering no matter what. It will definitely warm you up. Wash your hair with a really good shampoo and conditioner and don’t forget to apply a really moisturizing face and body lotion. Your hands and feet will probably be wrecked so you may consider moisturizing your hands/feet and sleeping with socks on your hands, or moisturizing gloves if you have any, and of course on your feet. You don’t have to let winter spoil your appearance. It will take work but an ounce of prevention…
Next Time: BASE Jumping
Repost from November 2007
Hiking & Trekking
Hiking can be truly invigorating, whether you’re hiking a canyon near your house, or you’re up for the challenge of La Mousse in Switzerland (see right, yes, it’s that steep). The downfall is that you can achieve a whole different level of nastiness in the summer while hiking and trekking—especially if you’re camping as well. Sun, sweat, grime, stink, funk, camp-smoke, blisters, bug bites, chased by a bear. You name—you might get it.
•Stay Hydrated: As always, stay hydrated. Water is essential on a hike. Another good drink to fill your Camelbak® with is Cytomax®. The only problem with being a woman and staying hydrated is the lack of available restroom facilities. Guys have it easy. Us ladies? Not so much. Regardless, it is important to drink plenty of water and find a tree to duck behind.
•Sunscreen: Please wear a high SPF sunscreen no matter where you are hiking. At higher altitudes it can be even more important. You may not realize it, but even in winter hikes you can get considerable UV exposure. I use Anthelios and feel it gives me the best protection.
•Clothing: Depending upon the canopy of foliage (if any), the time of year and the temperature, you’re clothing options and needs will be different. Simply survey the situation and determine your needs as an individual. It is best to wear layers that compact down into a manageable size so you can stow them in your backpack when the need to remove them arises. As you climb, your temperature will raise. I wear Capilene® or Under Armor® undergarments but depending upon the hike, I may have to remove them later on. Just be sure you have good, thick socks to wear and clothing that wicks away moisture, also good hiking boots that keep you from slipping and sliding are essential. Trust me on this one, I almost took a dive off the trail on La Mousse when I was hiking back down after they took the express elevator down. They being the BASE jumpers, including my boyfriend. Next time, I’ll be jumping.
•Baby wipes: Baby wipes are a great addition to your supplies. You can throw in a travel sized bag or put a few in a sandwich bag and out them in your Camelbak® or backpack. They are great to clean out and scrapes and cuts if you don’t have a first aid kit, and also to freshen up the “important areas”.
•Lip Balm: I have been switching to regular Chapstick lately, but I do like Noni lip balm. Make sure it has at least a SPF 15 sunscreen though! Keep it in your pocket because you should reapply often.
•Mirror: I kep a small compact mirror in my backpack. Use it to check your nose if you get the sniffles. Remember to place a Kleenex travel pack in your pocket, as well. I don’t know why but I get the sniffles when on a demanding hike, especially if it is cold.
•Make-up: I seem to always put make up on, because it helps keep the UV rays from working their ‘magic’ and well, I’m vain. I’m kidding. But, it does help even out my skintone. I do not reapply when I hike, ever. I don’t even bring it.
•Hair: If your hair is long and chemically treated, I suggest you apply something like PHYTO PLAGE Protective Sun Veil and keep it up in a scrunchie, or in a ponytail. If you keep it in a scrunchie it is less likely get all knotted up.
•Nails: Although shorter nails are ideal, I have acrylics so I can’t exactly remove my nails every time I feel like being active. I’d never have them if this were the case. Don’t go on really technical hikes with talons or you will suffer an injury. Although I must admit, when I was hiking La Mousse my nails helped save me. I slid off a footpath and it helped dig my fingers into the soft mud and prevented me from falling off the side of the mountain.
•Deodorant: Seriously. Like Nike® says, just do it.
•Miscellaneous: Bring MoleSkin®. Just in case you develop blisters. It is a Godsend. Also throw some Clif® bars, or other meal replacement bars, in your pack. You never know when you will need the energy or you get lost, stranded, etc. I kid you not, Clif® bars have saved the day on several occasions.
At The End Of The Day
You are going to want to shower ASAP. Wash your hair with a really good conditioner to help replace what you lost in the high altitudes and don’t forget to apply a good lotion like Aveeno Moisturizing Lotion. High altitudes and colder, thinner air really does a number on your skin.
Next Week: Camping in Below-Freezing Temperatures!
Although surfing is strenuous, it is really relaxing. There is just something about waiting on your board for a good set to come in, spotting your wave and then the wake. Once you ride it in, it just feels so good to know you rode something that is never constant. It is always a different challenge; no two waves are alike.
However, as with all challenging sports, it has its negative effects on your body. The worst thing about surfing is its effect on your skin and hair. The moist, ocean air and the high concentration of salt can really damage my tresses. The UV exposure from being in the sun all day can age you faster than you think it will. You may feel as though you look great with a tan, and I am sure you probably do, the sun is the skin’s worst enemy in high doses. You must take precautions if you are going to maintain your appearance—both in the short term, and the long run.
•Stay Hydrated: As always, stay hydrated. You may not feel as thirsty because you don’t seem to sweat as much and you stay relatively cool because of the water temperature, but you need to drink water. I take a bottle of water or a Gatorade, or Cytomax with me as well. I find the taste of salt water disgusting and it is always good to get the taste out of my mouth. Fresh water doesn’t seem to cut it sometimes.
• Sunscreen & Protective Clothing: It is difficult to keep sunscreen on when surfing. I surf in Malibu, California (Pacific Ocean) so I need a 3.2mm wetsuit and booties, so sunscreen for the body is no issue for me. I can stay in my suit all day if I am in and out of the water regularly. Take a tube of sunscreen with you, however, in case you do take your suit off. Regardless, I absolutely must wear sunblock on my face and for this I use both Anthelios 50+ for all over and Zinka on my nose and cheeks. Bullfrog is also good. It’s active ingredient is Zinc Oxide and is the familiar all white paste, although it comes in 7 colors. Don’t get all vain on me, do yourself a favor and wear it no matter what you think you look like. It truly protects your skin.
• Baby wipes: I don’t find baby wipes to be as useful when surfing, but it never hurts to bring a small pack.
• Lip Balm: Protect your lips!! Not only will they get dry and chapped from the salt water and wind, skin cancer is a risk. Use a lip balm with at least a SPF 15 sunscreen, but a higher SPF is better.
• Mirror: A small compact is a good idea. Use it to check your nose when you come on land. Trust me, you’ll need it. What to do about it in the water? This is going to sound gross, and the first time I ever did it I thought I’d love my Woman Card, but I had to! That’s right, I did the all-too-familiar-gross-and-disgusting blow your nose into your hand and rinse it in the ocean technique. Nice. Or, even worse, which I still cannot bring myself to do, block one nostril and blow. There is NOTHING you can do about a runny nose once you wipe out or nose under a wave. The salt water completely causes mucous formation and Kleenex and paper towels shred when wet. Just forget it, apologize to your friend and get rid of it. When you get on land, then you can use a bandana or hanky, or something, Until then, a runny nose in surfing is as accepted as a runny nose in freefall while skydiving (or in a wind tunnel). Good times.
• Make-up: I usually have make-up on before I surf in the afternoon. It can help block UV light as well as cover blemishes. I may use a foundation and some Bare Escentuals mineral powder. I don‘t carry a touch up kit because it is pointless.
• Hair: If your hair is long and chemically treated, I suggest you apply something like PHYTO PLAGE Protective Sun Veil and keep it up in a scrunchie, or in a ponytail with several ponies down the length. It will get knotted if you let it fly. If you are really dedicated you can saturate your hair with fresh water before jumping into the salt water. Be sure to rinse your hair afterwards. Salt can do a real number on your hair. If you have hair extensions, especially synthetic ones, it usually is not a good idea to braid your hair and go into the water. Instead, leave it in a secured fashion at the base with ponytail holders down its length just as if you had natural hair. I have always been told this, but have not had the ovaries to test it out.
• Nails: I personally like to surf with short nails. You can always grow them out or get a longer set later; it’s better than an injury.
• Special Caution: Eye and Ear Infections: Seriously. I hate to say it but our oceans are nasty. If you’re in L.A. or San Diego, you may wish to wait a few days after a rain to go surfing. The L.A. River gets rinsed out into the bay and can trigger a host of issues for watersports enthusiasts. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard about eye and ear infections after surfing—even when it hasn’t rained for a month. I have been very fortunate not to have had any problems. Just be careful, rinse your eyes out with a saline wash if need be and rinse your ears out well. If you have any new [scabby] tattoos (for instance I have been out of the water for a few weeks since the tattoo I got in Mongolia, however I am ready to drop a wave again), deep open sores (God forbid), or a perforated eardrum, don’t even think about getting in the water until you’re fully healed.
At The End Of The Day
You will feel like showering no matter what. If it’s cold, it will warm you up, if it’s hot it will cool you down and rinse the nastiness from you. Wash your hair with a really good conditioner and don’t forget to apply a good lotion like Aveeno Moisturizing Lotion. Surfing can be harsh on your appearance so be sure to make up for it post-shred.
• Next Week: Hiking & Trekking
Fencing Rocks! I am assuming not many of you fence, but you really should try it. It is over very quickly though–each round seems to fly by. You get sweaty as can be and blisters are very possible. I use a French rubber grip, and not a pistol grip, so I tend to get more friction and hand fatigue. Stay protected because you can get some nasty bruises on your wrists; well, if you’re up against me you will because I go for the wrist!.
Fencing is actually not a difficult sport to stay cute while partaking in. It is rigorous, but in short spurts so it is feasible to keep up appearances. Not that it matters, because WINNING matters 😉 However, this is an article about beauty…
•Stay Hydrated: You may not be in the sun and the matches may be short-lived, but the constrictive gear and the demanding nature of fencing will heat you up in no time. Be sure to drink a generous amount of water while competing.
•Baby wipes: Throw a pack in your bag. Your underarms will get nasty and the rest of you, quite skanky. Prepare in advance and bring some baby wipes!
•Mirror: Throw a compact mirror in your gear bag. No matter how demanding the sport, you can always check your appearance after you are finished. You can at least touch up your powder and check your nose for nastiness.
•Make-up: I commonly have a travel compact of mineral foundation when I engage in sports such as fencing. I use Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Mineral Foundation and some lip gloss. I would use waterproof mascara and go light on the eyeliner, unless you want to look like a raccoon. I do wear eyebrow pencil but I would wear eyebrow pencil in a hurricane.
•Hair: Throw your hair up in a ponytail. No use destroying it. You will have a mask on so it really doesn’t matter what it looks like as long as it stays knot-free.
•Nails: I honestly prefer to have short nails when I fence. Wearing fencing gloves when you have long nails can be uncomfortable, and dangerous. You can rip one off quite easily without ever even having your hands much as touched with a feather. Just the movements needed with fencing can cause you to break nails..
At The End Of The Day
Shower, stinky. I am sorry but the suit alone and the mask are both going to cause you to sweat up a nasty storm. If you’re single you can go home and stink all you want. Unless, of course, you are trying to attract a mate. But, if you live with someone? Please do them the favor of washing the nastiness off before you sit next to them.
Next Week: Surfing