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Outdoor Subscription Boxes

Chances are, if you are reading this, you know that hiking and camping gear is expensive. It’s hard to throw in the towel sometimes and make purchases when you are on a budget. How will you know if it’s worth the money? 

That’s why we are going to talk about some outdoor subscription boxes that are an affordable way for you to try out a variety of different gear, foodies, apparel, tools and more. So, if you have been wanting to try out some different gear, but don’t really know where to start, or even want to expand your horizons and try different brands, one of these subscription boxes may be for you!! 

  1. Cairn Box
    1. The Cairn Box is just $30 a month and in your box, you receive three to five different outdoor gear pieces. On top of that, you may get some sort of apparel, camping snacks or skin care products in your box. After you get your box, you can review the products you receive to earn points that get you discounts on the Carin Shop. Click here for their website! Several Dirty Girls have subscribed to this box in the past – mostly useful and cool stuff. If you don’t like it or need it you can trade it! 
  2. Nomadik
    1. This box has similar products to Cairn, except you get to complete a profile tailored to your interested and the Nomadik team curates your box according to your adventure interests. Each month, the box has a different theme, which is neat because it could inspire you to go on a different adventure you may not have tried before! For $32.95, you can get your first box! Click here for their website!
  3. Little Hiker
    1. Little Hiker is a bit different than the other boxes. A lot of Dirty Girls have Dirty Kids and of course, we want to inspire them to get outside! Little Hiker is an outdoor adventure subscription box for kiddos! It is $35 a month, and includes a little something for you, something for your little hiker, snacks and some stickers/activity sheets as well. Click here for their website! 
  4. Apocabox
    1. Different from your typical gear subscription boxes, Apocabox will  give you a hand-selected collection of survival tools for $50 a month. The founder or Apocabox is an author of over 14 survival manuals and the host of The Weather Channel’s show “SOS HOW TO SURVIVE.” Every box includes a challenge that is designed to teach you a specific survival skill and will include a password to a protected video tutorial. Click here for their website! 
  5. Adventure Standard 
    1. This box made the list because it is designed by women and made for women! Perfect for any Dirty Girl! It was started by a woman named Leann Pickard, who was fed up with the limited offerings at outdoor stores of cool, locally-made products for women.  For $59.95, the box comes with 3-6 products that are all made by women in America! The products are great to bring along with you for a camping trip. Camping mugs, lip balm, sunglasses and teas are just a few of the things that here  for their website. 

There are many outdoor subscription boxes out there, but these are just a few that caught out eye. Let us know if you have purchased any outdoor subscription boxes before and what you liked!

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!

Join the Dirty Girl Club!

2019 Dirty Girl Club Membership

What are the club benefits?

  1. A super cool t-shirt available only to members. It’s different each year and not available to anyone other than club members. The catch? You have to come to an event to pick your shirt up in person!
  2. We have special “Club Only” events throughout the season.
  3. Members generally receive 12 to 24 hour advance notice of events that we add throughout the season so that you can get first dibs on signing up.
  4. 20% off most Dirty Girl Events – Club or regularly scheduled events!
  5. Membership in the Secret Dirty Girl Facebook Group – this serves as a meet up planning place, a place of encouragement and a place to share pictures, thoughts and ideas.
  6. Club members organize small group adventures for the tribe.

Why should you join the Dirty Girl Club?

Friends, it is hard to articulate the best parts of being a Dirty Girl. It is being together, working together and moving forward physically, emotionally and individually.

This is an opportunity to nurture you. We will be better at everything we must do if we take time to do what we love to do. Finding time to strengthen and refresh ourselves provides the balance we need. We will become more physically fit, discuss ideas both trivial and integral to living life on our terms and we will forge relationships that support and sustain us through good times and bad.

Join the Dirty Girl Club to have fun and to strengthen and nurture your own beautiful soul while simultaneously strengthening others.

Dirty Girls believe that life is a journey, changing all the time. Dirty Girls can help you navigate these changes . . . If you are friends with a Dirty Girl, you can tell her anything and she won’t judge you. Dirty Girls are all different and they accept other Dirty Girls just as they are. 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. #adventureconnectengage #adventurewhereyouare

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

2019 Adventure Schedule Available Now

Remember, this is our base schedule. We will continuously add events throughout the Adventure Season. Stay tuned in to catch new events. Click on the links to get tickets for the first few events now or click HERE to visit the Dirty Shop for membership or really cool stuff!

December

2nd Sunday End of Season Celebration 1-5pm Crooked Post Winery

Free and open to everyone!  Drop by to hang out and socialize as we celebrate the end of our 2018 Adventure Season! We will provide light appetizers. Wine, beer and additional snacks will be available to purchase. We will have the Dirty Shop open with 2019 Memberships available. 2019 Club Shirts should be available. We will also have a door prize table – everyone will leave with something!

Friday December 21st Solstice Hike 6:30pm – 10:00

This night hike will celebrate the longest night of the year with glow sticks and headlamps! Traditionally a day of festivals, join us for a 3ish mile hike and some time around the fire!

Details as the day nears and the weather is determined. Regular $35 Club $25

January

January 12th Visioning Your New Year 9:30am – 12:30pm

Deadline to sign up for this event is December 31st.

$45 regular $35 club

Start the year with mindful intention, discussion and support! We’d like you to join us to focus on creating an intention or vision for your year. What will you focus on this year? Prior to the event, we will share 11 days of thought provoking emails with prompts and ideas for you to ponder in advance of the creating process. This will  provide you with encouragement as you begin to fine tune your focus and vision for the year. When you come to create and connect, you will have a firm idea of where you are going. A vision isn’t a goal or a resolution, it is a focus or intention for your path in the next year. Your vision can express your focus for the year, things that help you stay centered, qualities you want to develop etc. Your vision is unique to you.  We will open the event with a short meditation and discussion, and end our day with time to share our personal visions. Sharing our visions helps us articulate, focus and understand our own hopes and desires. We can’t wait to share a day of visioning our year with all of you.

January 23rd

Wednesday with Wine Free 6-8pm at Crooked Post Winery

Come to socialize and learn something cool… Jenni Scott-Lloyd will be joining us to share her 2 weeks on the Appalachian Trail (this will coincide with the DG Book Club Selection “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson).

January 26

Book Club – Free – A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson – 5:30 – 8:30pm 

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We will be having a fun ladies night on January 26th!  We will enjoy a book talk/movie night about Bill Bryson’s experience on the AT. This will be the first Saturday after the first Wine Wednesday where Jenni Scott-Lloyd will share her experience on the Appalachian Trail; so be sure to attend that. Bring an adult beverage if you’d like, your camp chairs and food to share for a potluck.

February

February 2nd Saturday 10am – 12pm and 1:30 – 3:30

  • Intro to Hiking $35 Regular $25 Club
  • Intro to Backpacking $35 Regular $25 Club

Join us for a gear review and orientation and the opportunity to ask questions and discuss what might be holding you back from getting on the trail.

February 9th and 10th Eagle Hike! $35 Regular $25 Club

Join us at Bobcats Bar and Grill to board the Dirty Bus and travel to the Perry Lake Trail, or other secret Eagle spotting locations, where we will hike approximately 3 miles. We will hope to spot some American Bald Eagles nesting or hovering along the trail. We will return to Bobcats for some food (on your own dime) and social time post hike.

February 4, 11, 18, 25

Love Me! A look at how we can cultivate love and compassion for ourselves, which in turn extends to our loved ones. Cultivating love and compassion for ourselves prepares us to better understand and manage our thoughts and emotions, accept ourselves as we are, and extend empathy to others more fully. Many people in our society have a feeling that they aren’t good enough or are undeserving of the good that comes to  them. We will discuss this topic, practice various strategies to cultivate a feeling of self love and compassion. This class will include individual and group coaching, teaching and information to include videos, emails with prompts and homework, and an in person group once a week.

$80 Regular $60 Club

February 20th Wednesday with Wine Free 6-8pm at Crooked Post Winery

Come to socialize and learn something cool… we don’t know what yet but we know it’ll be amazing!  

March

March 2nd Hike!  3 or 6 miles

Choose your Distance – 3 miles and 6 miles with fire at the end $35 Regular $25 Club

March 20th

Wednesday with Wine Free

6-8pm at Crooked Post Winery

Come to socialize and learn something cool… we don’t know what yet but we know it’ll be cool!  

April

April 7th Hike!

Choose your distance – 4 miles or 8 miles with fire at the end

$35 Regular $25 Club

April 17th Wednesday with Wine Free 6-8pm at Crooked Post Winery

Come to socialize and learn something cool… we don’t know what yet but we know it’ll be awesome!  

Introduction to kayaking classes will be offered monthly May to July watch for dates

May

May 9th Wednesday Intro to Kayaking $40 Regular $30 Club $20 OYO $15 Club OYO

May 18th Saturday River Trail or Woodland Trail – let’s watch the River flow and decide!

June

June 19th Wednesday Sunset Lake Yak $40 Regular $30 Club $20 OYO $15 Club OYO

June 23rd Sunday River Run $50 Regular $40 Club $25 OYO $20 Club OYO

July

July 17th Wednesday Sunset Lake Yak $40 Regular $30 Club $20 OYO $15 Club OYO

July 13th Saturday River Run $50 Regular $40 Club $25 OYO $20 Club OYO  

August

August Saturday 3rd River Run $50 Regular $40 Club $25 OYO $20 Club OYO

August Wednesday 7th Lake Yak $40 Regular $30 Club $20 OYO $15 Club OYO

August 24th Saturday – August 25th Sunday Overnight AssKicker

29 Miles Belvue to Topeka! $120 Regular $95 Club

September

September 18th Wednesday Lake Yak $40 Regular $30 Club $20 OYO $15 Club OYO

September 21st Saturday River Run $50 Regular $40 Club $25 OYO $20 Club OYO

October

October 19th Saturday and 20th Sunday

All the Way Freestyle! Join us to hike your portion of the Perry Lake Trail! One day with lunch $80 Two days with lunch $160

Saturday night dinner $20

  • You can choose to hike 8 miles Saturday or Sunday morning
  • You can choose to hike half way 15 miles Saturday or 14 miles Sunday
  • You can choose to hike ALL THE WAY both days

Your private camping is included. You are welcome to remain at camp regardless of the section you hike.  If you hike 8 in the morning, you can spend the afternoon at camp and join us for dinner and overnight.

November

November 2nd, Saturday Lake Yak $40 Regular $30 Club $20 OYO $15 Club OYO

November 16th, Saturday Hike!  3 or 6 miles Choose your Distance – 3 miles and 6 miles with fire at the end $35 Regular $25 Club

December 1st, 2019  End of the year celebration!

February 1st – 9th, 2020 Guatemala Mission Trip with ODIM! www.odimguatemala.org

Organization for the Development of the Indigenous Maya

Estimated cost per person to include airfare, lodging, food and multiple adventure experiences as well as service opportunities? $2000! Your deposit of $800 is due July 1st, 2019 with the remainder due December 15th, 2019. Your goal? The Adventure Challenge? Each of us needs to raise $2000 for the ODIM missions to empower indigenous women! Spread the love!  ADVENTURE – CONNECT – ENGAGE!

Venture In – Adventure Out: A Retreat Especially for Women

wedding in the woods HD Images New vintage wedding dress girl forest summer sun flare background hdOur personal and professional schedules can be demanding and create the sense that we don’t have time to take care of ourselves. When we do have a moment to breathe, we are bombarded with information so it takes intentional effort to unplug from technology, media, and the noise of the world.

That is why we invite you to join us to: Venture In – Adventure Out: A Retreat designed specifically for Women. Your mind, body, and soul will be fed so that you can be the best version of you in all aspects of your life!

Venture In-You will heighten awareness of how your energy is impacting you and those around you. Not only will you gain clarity, you will have the opportunity to release some clutter that has weighed you down or blocked you from achieving the goals you have in your personal or professional life.

 

Adventure Out—You will learn the concepts of mindful intention and learn two nature focused mindful practices. Connecting with nature allows us to reconnect to ourselves which readies us for connection with others. We will practice strategies that you can take with you so that your ability to relax, reset and rejuvenate will be strengthened.

 

We will also feature a hands on creative activity that will provide you with a lasting piece of original artwork to inspire and remind you of what you learn.

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We will enjoy a restorative yoga session from Annemarie of Peace, Love, Joy Yoga which will provide reinforcing relaxation strategies you can repeat at home.

 

You will also have time to connect with others and a delicious and healthy breakfast and lunch.

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Join us at Camp on Friday evening to relax around the fire and participate in our Campfire Conversations about life and living. (Eat dinner before you come or bring your meal/snacks along) Lodging will be camp style in cabins and bunk beds. Saturday September 8th will bring breakfast together, followed by a day FULL of relevant and useful information, strategies, fun, time outside, connection with others and an increased sense of well-being.

Details: 

Times: Friday September 7th 6:30pm until Saturday September 8th at 5:30pm

Friday September 7th anytime after 6:00pm – sunset is at 7:45 and our Campfire Conversations will begin then – be sure to have eaten dinner or bring your dinner. We will provide campfire snacks.

Saturday: Healthy Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks provided – plan to dress in comfortable clothing that will allow movement, time outside, yoga and possibly slightly messy creativity!

Location: The Falley Scout Reservation near Lake Perry, Kansas that includes bunkhouse lodging in a gorgeous natural setting.

Cost: $300 Special Early Bird Rate $250 through July 1, 2018

You MUST PRE-REGISTER in the Dirty Shop! 

Our refund policy allows for a full refund when we receive WRITTEN notification via email to adventure@dirtygirladventures.net 3 full weeks prior to the event – ie: August 24th.

This retreat is a collaboration between Dirty Girl Adventures, LLC and Venture In!

Who are we?

Dirty Girl Adventures, LLC is Denise Selbee-Koch aka The Dirty Mutha and Jennifer Woerner aka Wild Rose… we think you probably know us! 😀

Denise Selbee-Koch is the Original Dirty Girl and Owner of Dirty Girl Adventures, LLC. She has 25 years of experience as a Social Worker and a lifetime of experience as an Outdoor Adventurer. Denise loves to hike, kayak, backpack, camp and meander through the woods, on a sandbar and along the shore. She is a Licensed Master’s Level Social Worker with experience in therapy, environmental education, outdoor adventure, fitness, and nutrition. Her areas of expertise are in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy, Positive Behavior Supports and in supporting individuals in developing management strategies for stress, anxiety, depression and self care.

Jennifer Woerner is the Creative Director and Co-Owner of Dirty Girl Adventures, LLC. She has 15 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist and a lifetime experience as an Outdoor Adventurer. She loves to hike, kayak, backpack, camp and relax by the campfire with friends. Jennifer has experience in life skills therapies, environmental education, outdoor adventure, fitness and nutrition. Her areas of expertise are in developing hands on, action based activities to teach and support personal growth and development.

Venture In is represented by Tamara Konrade.

She is the Director of INspired Leadership and Venture In. Denise met Tamara two years ago and was truly INspired! We can’t WAIT for this collaboration! Tamara is an educator, consultant, inspirational speaker, wife, mother and friend. Her experience in coaching and consulting with genuine wisdom and caring will fill your heart. Here’s Tamara in her own words…

“I have a gift for drawing out the strengths and talents of others. It excites me to help people uncover their abilities and realize how to use them in ways they never imagined in their homes, communities and organizations.

I have a heart and passion for people who feel they’re not enough. Maybe they feel they don’t match up to what others want or need them to be. Perhaps they’re wearing masks in different roles like marriage and parenting, or business and leadership. It doesn’t matter what title someone holds, down deep we are all humans experiencing life in the best (or only) way we know how.

It’s my honor to help you uncover what is getting in your way of experiencing life to the fullest – with purpose and freedom.”

Get registered ASAP to participate in this first time special offering! We can’t wait to share with you! 

It's hiking season! Come outside with us!

What crazy weather we’re having! Happily, it’s perfect for hiking! We have two different events coming up SOON! Our annual Eagle Hike is scheduled for February 10th and February 11th. We will “basecamp” out of Bobcat’s Bar and Grill near Ozawkie and take the bus to our hike location. The total distance will be 3-4ish miles, we will get you into location where we often see American Bald Eagles – no guarantees but the chances are high! Each of these hikes has a check in time of 12:30.

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We have made some awesome memories on previous Eagle Hikes and we know that this year will bring more adventure! Sign up now in the Dirty Shop! 

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We are also hosting a special event on March 3rd to Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Perry Lake Trail. SUPER EXCITED!! Sign up now for our Celebration Hikes!

Join us as we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Perry Lake Trail.
View from the trail between Longview and OMT
The KTC – Kansas Trails Council originally developed this 29 mile trail. This trail has been created and maintained by VOLUNTEERS for 40 years! March 2018 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Perry Lake Trail’s recognition as a National Recreation Trail.
Everyone is WELCOME to come out, join in and enjoy the trail and celebrate this milestone! The Perry Lake Trail is a wonderful backcountry trail that showcases a variety of Northeast Kansas terrain as well as offering gorgeous views of Lake Perry. Wildlife is often seen along the trail with sightings of American Bald Eagles topping the list of interesting animals. The trail includes open pasture, timber and steep inclines/declines.

    Dirty Girls on the PLT in March 2017

A portion of all fees collected will be donated to the Kansas Trails Council Friends of the Perry Lake Trail fund.

KTC Trail Volunteers repair a bridge on the trail

The CELEBRATION will offer 2 guided hikes. You can choose either an 8 mile or 4 mile. We will serve a hearty campfire meal with s’mores for dessert. Kansas Trails Council volunteers will be on hand to showcase the tools of trail maintenance and to talk about the history of the trail. In addition, other Outdoor Enthusiasts will be available to share information about accessing nature.

Dirty Girls during the annual “Dirty Girls Go All the Way” hike – completing all 29 miles.

We welcome ANYONE who would like to join us for this celebration. If you don’t want to hike with the group, come out to socialize, learn and to explore the trail.This event will occur at the Perry Lake Trail accessed at the OMT – Old Military Trailhead off of Ferguson Road.

DETAILS OF THE DAY… Location: OMT – Old Military Trailhead – This is located on the west side of Ferguson Road south of Highway 92   GOOGLE MAP LOCATION

 8 Mile Hike Check in time: 8am

4 Mile Hike Check in time: 9:30am

You MUST pre-register to ensure a space on the bus and a meal for your belly! 😀

Cost varies: $40 regular with meal, $32 Club with meal, $30 regular no meal, $24 Club no meal, Meal only option $10. Just want to hang out and visit? Free, come on out!

Bring: A friend, your own hiking gear, snacks, water and beverages as well as a LAWN CHAIR for sitting around the fire!

A rest stop on the trail during the “Dirty Girls Go All the Way” hike, October 2017

What are you paying for? A knowledgeable and informed guide service that includes a leading guide and a sweep guide during the hike. Trail support including: first aid, knowledge of the environment and locale, safety monitoring, pacing, interpretive information on the environment and location. Food, fire and/or comfort at the end of the hike! Meal: Due to the size and scope of this event there are no alternate meal choices, we will serve Beef Stew with cornbread and s’mores. The beef stew will be gluten free. 
In case you are wondering about our refund policy – refunds are given up to one week before the date of the event no questions asked. After that, refunds are not given unless there are exceptional circumstances. Dirty Girl Adventures may cancel an event due to weather or conditions. Everyone will receive a refund if that is the reason for the cancellation. We will paddle and hike in cool, rainy or snowy conditions. Cancellation only occurs in severe weather or other dangerous conditions.

Hiking in Cold Weather? What to wear?

Baby, it’s cold outside! This is awesome! No bugs! No spider webs! The poison ivy and brush is dead! Winter is also a great time to spot wildlife. Without the leaves on the trees, it’s easier to see wildlife. Eagles nest in the winter and are very active in Northeast Kansas.

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Three Dirty Girls during a March Hike

We recommend dressing in layers for winter hiking. Start with a base layer of long johns or winter running tights with a long john shirt or winter compression shirt. Wear fleece, wool or synthetic poly blend fabrics. Wearing this layer of poly-blend fabrics close to your skin will keep you warm and wick any moisture away from your body.  Cotton holds moisture and takes longer to dry it is NOT recommended.

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Our favorite Eagle Hike EVER! A random blizzard made the adventure special!

Thick, cushioned socks: wool, polypropylene, or synthetic. You could consider a thin “liner” sock combined with medium to thick outer sock.

Follow your base layer with more layers, preferably more fleece!  Finish with a wind/water resistant jacket on top and some wind resistant pants on the bottom – any pants will work but wind and water resistant are handy. Again, non-cotton fabrics –  fleece, wool or synthetic poly-blend fabrics are best. They dry faster and move moisture away from your body.

We also suggest using hiking poles. Winter weather can create slippery spots and surprising places. If you know you will be hiking on an uneven trail, take your hiking poles to help you maintain balance on difficult sections.

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Open spaces are colder and standing still for too long is a mistake!

Synthetic gloves or mittens – mittens are preferred for warmth. Wear a warm hat: fleece, wool or synthetic or possibly a head band that covers your ears. It’s also great to have something to cover your face, even a bandana helps.

It’s also handy to bring your backpack to put the layers into as you warm up along the trail! Depending on the distance you plan to hike, be sure to take water, snacks, a fully charged phone for emergencies and a friend!

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Love these two women. LAYERS!