When you're standing on the back of a dog sled for almost 1,000 miles in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness, where do you go to the bathroom? For some female mushers, the answer is in your pants.
"[Angie Taggart and Christine Roalofs] ... are test-driving an invention meant to keep dogsled drivers on the runners and out of outhouses across 1,000 miles.
The inventor, a North Carolina doctor, emailed snowmachine and mushing groups about two years ago, asking for women to help test the pants, Roalofs said.
"I bit," she said.
At least two other musher are using the apparatus -- a mix of bicycle shorts, funnel and a tube that pokes out next to the musher's boot -- this year on the trail.
Pee Pants, "a revolutionary, more convenient, and more discrete way to pee that's changing the outdoor experience for women everywhere," come from Kicos Medical, and include step-by-step instructions: "When you 'Gotta Go'. adopt a widened stance and let 'er go. You may be nervous or uncomfortable at first, but you'll do great!"
The inventor is aiming for the general public too, she said. He figures it might help people party longer at tailgate parties.
From changing the outdoor experience for women, to mushers in the Iditarod to, apparently, a bag of discharged Firefly vodka and lemonade.