May Day Hike

Join us for a new way to CELEBRATE May Day!  We will spend some time HIKING on the Kaw River State Park Trails in Topeka taking in the sights, sounds and smells of SPRING in KANSAS!

We will hike for approximately 2 hours taking some time to see all the signs of spring on the trail.  These trails include some steep inclines/declines, some rocks and roots and are made up of natural, uneven surfaces.  We aren’t racing or running and we always have a lead and a sweep hiker so that we can ALL HIKE OUR OWN HIKE!

WHEN:  Saturday May 1st

Check in time:  10am

Where:  Kaw River State Park Hiking Trails, Topeka – Specific meeting location will be emailed with directions a couple of days before the event.

Wear:  BUG REPELLENT, comfortable outdoor clothing, layers, sturdy shoes

Bring:  water, snacks, trekking pole

Regular: $25

Club member: $20

What are you paying for?

Dirty Girl Adventures, LLC will provide a guide, support on the trail and docent information throughout the event. We will also monitor the weather and conditions to ensure that our event and participants are safe.  Our knowledgeable and informed guide service 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.

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, during this time, we consider any health concerns a valid reason for a refund. If you feel sick, or have any symptom possibly related to Covid-19 stay home, we’ll send you a refund. 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.

 

Backpacking on the Perry Lake Trail

Join us for a new adventure on the Perry Lake Trail.  We will enjoy a new experience on the Perry Lake Trail by backpacking approximately 10-12 miles. We will load up our packs and explore the trail from a different vantage point than in the past by taking everything we need on our backs!  Although this is a beginning backpacking adventure, the trail is rated as moderately difficult and strenuous due to several steep inclines and declines as well as rough uneven terrain.  This will be a challenging adventure but a good experience for future backpacking adventures.

This adventure begins on Friday April 23rd at 1pm and should end Saturday April 24th mid to late afternoon.

We will talk about different packing and loading techniques for your pack, share some of the gear we love and hopefully demonstrate some HAMMOCK CAMPING – weather permitting. We are fair weather hammock campers!

When:  Friday April 23rd – Saturday April 24th

Check in time:  Friday April 23rd, 1:30pm

Estimated completion time: Saturday April 24th, mid-afternoon

What are you paying for?  We’ve done all the planning, made reservations, made contact with USACE and have a plan if an emergency arises. We’ve also pre-hiked and chosen a campground.  We’ll ensure that we have filtered drinking and cooking water, firewood and s’mores for dessert!  In addition, we’ll provide you with a gear list, clothing suggestions and a pack weigh in prior to the event.  Two experienced Dirty Girl Guides will be with you every step of the way!

Earth Day Hike!

Join us on Thursday April 22nd for an evening on the trail in celebration for Earth Day.  We will take some time to connect to the sights, sounds and smells around us as we enjoy some time on the trail.  This will be an enjoyable time to relax and connect with nature – both the forest and the Mighty Kaw. This short hike is relatively level, the ground surface is dirt/mud and there are GIANT Cottonwood trees and views of the Delaware River as well as the Kansas River.  We will also be sure to take some trash gathering bags along with us to clean up any trash – we hope we won’t see any trash at all!

YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER TO ATTEND

Detailed directions and suggestions will be emailed on Wednesday. This allows us to watch the weather and monitor conditions prior to final instructions. 

When: Thursday April 22nd, 2021

Check-in:  5:45pm  Perry Nature Trail  – we’ll hike to the river and through the woods!

What: Hike 60 – 90 minutes – including lots of looking, listening and enjoying the scenery

Price: 

Regular: $20

Club member: $15

What are you paying for?

Dirty Girl Adventures, LLC will provide a guide, support on the trail and docent information throughout the event. We will also monitor the weather and conditions to ensure that our event and participants are safe.  Our knowledgeable and informed guide service 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.

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, during this time, we consider any health concerns a valid reason for a refund. If you feel sick, or have any symptom possibly related to Covid-19 stay home, we’ll send you a refund. 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.

Spring Hike!

Join us on Saturday April 17th for an afternoon at the KU Field Station Trails.  We will explore 5 miles of trail through the 1800 acre Field Station which has been used for research by staff and students from KU for over 50 years.  The area is beautiful and takes us through native prairie and an old growth Kansas forrest.  The trail includes steep inclines/declines and a variety of native species.  This area is gorgeous and the highest point affords us with a great view of the city of Lawrence, including KU’s campus.

YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER TO ATTEND

Detailed directions and suggestions will be emailed by Thursday 15th. This allows us to watch the weather and monitor conditions prior to final instructions. 

When: Saturday April 17th, 2021

Check-in:  12:30 p.m. — specific location TBD.

What: Hike 5 miles

Price: 

Regular: $35

Club member: $25

What are you paying for?

Dirty Girl Adventures, LLC will provide a guide, support on the trail and docent information throughout the event. We will also monitor the weather and conditions to ensure that our event and participants are safe.  Our knowledgeable and informed guide service 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.

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, during this time, we consider any health concerns a valid reason for a refund. If you feel sick, or have any symptom possibly related to Covid-19 stay home, we’ll send you a refund. 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.

Hike the Konza

Join us to enjoy spring on the Konza Prairie in the gorgeous Flint Hills of Kansas!  We will share information about the history, geology and all of the grasses and plants along the hike. “Tallgrass prairie once covered more than 170 million acres, from Canada through Texas and as far as Ohio in the east.  Rich prairie soils made the region prime for agricultural development. Most of the tallgrass prairie was converted to cropland within just a couple of decades, making this once expansive landscape North America’s most altered ecosystem in terms of acres lost.  Of the roughly 4 percent that remains today, most (about two-thirds) survives in the Flint Hills of Kansas and Oklahoma.”

Located in the Flint Hills of northeastern Kansas, Konza Prairie Biological Station is a native tallgrass prairie preserve primarily owned by The Nature Conservancy and operated by Kansas State University and managed as a field research station by the K-State Division of Biology.

WHAT ARE WE DOING?
We plan to hike 2 of the 3 trail options – we will all hike the first 1.3 miles together then split as our trails separate. This means we will end at  different times – when you sign up choose your distance.  The 2.6 mile Nature trail is estimated to take approximately 2.5 hours and the 6.2 mile Godwin Hill Loop can take up to 4 hours BOTH have some steep inclines/declines.  

  • For this hike there are No dogs allowed which is a rule at the Konza all the time.
  • We suggest that you wear closed-toes shoes that are comfortable for hiking relatively rough terrain – much of this is rocky and gravelly with some steep inclines/declines.

Dirty Girls, Dudes and teenagers are welcome at this event.

We will send an email with some additional specific instructions prior to the event.  Please be aware that events can change due to weather and conditions, please check your email the day before the event. 

What are you paying for?

Dirty Girl Adventures, LLC will provide a guide, support on the trail and docent information throughout the event. We will also monitor the weather and conditions to ensure that our event and participants are safe.  Our knowledgeable and informed guide service 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.

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, during this time, we consider any health concerns a valid reason for a refund. If you feel sick, or have any symptom possibly related to Covid-19 stay home, we’ll send you a refund. 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.

Intro to Kayaking on Land!

Denise and Jennifer will share their experience and knowledge about kayaking and answer specific questions or concerns that you may have.  We will stay on dry land for this class and we will familiarize you with the basics of kayaking, the different types/brands/styles of kayaks and kayaking gear. We will include discussion of care and maintenance, transportation and storage of gear.  You will have the opportunity to see, touch and lift various kayaks.

This class would be good for you if you have never kayaked, if you have beginner level experience or if you are in the market for a kayak of your own.

This class is limited to 8 people which will easily enable social distancing practices. We will allow you to touch the kayaks and equipment and will provide sanitation supplies and procedures for this process. We maintain a high level of vigilance regarding your safety during adventures and now we are applying that same vigilance to your safety within our store.

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, during this time, we consider any health concerns a valid reason for a refund. If you feel sick, or have any symptom possibly related to Covid-19 stay home, we’ll send you a refund. 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. Cancellation only occurs in severe weather or
other dangerous conditions.

2020 Solstice Hike

The Winter Solstice is traditionally a time to celebrate the return of the sun and to contemplate the coming season.  The shortest day of the year and the longest night of the year it’s a perfect time to gather outside to mark the shift of seasons.

This night hike will celebrate the longest night of the year with glow sticks and headlamps!

What to expect:  We will hike a loop from our fire/parking spot.  The hike will include uneven terrain, steep inclines/declines and rocky areas. Dirty Girl Adventures recommends use of hiking poles for use on uneven terrain.

What to wear/bring: Headlamp/flashlight, dress in layers with a layer of synthetic fabric closest to your body to wick sweat away and dry quickly. Consider the weather and be prepared with hat, gloves, bandana, good shoes and socks.

Post Hike: We will socialize around the fire.  Bring your lawn chair, dinner and beverages for post-hike fire time.

DGA COVID-19 Guidelines:  In preparing to join us, please note that we will adhere to all suggested COVID-19 prevention guidelines including social distancing recommendations.  Face masks are required at check-in and at any time you are unable to maintain social distance.   While hiking, you may remove your mask.  When we stop to rest/snack/drink please distance yourselves and wear your mask when close together.   If you feel sick, have been sick or are awaiting the results of a covid test or any of the other standard covid questions please stay home.  We expect that you will be respectful and supportive of these practices.

LOCATION TBD! CHECK-IN AT 4:30 P.M.

YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER TO ATTEND 

  • Regular ticket $30
  • Club member ticket $24

What are you paying for?

Dirty Girl Adventures, LLC will provide a guide, support on the trail and docent information throughout the event. We will also monitor the weather and conditions to ensure that our event and participants are safe.  Our knowledgeable and informed guide service 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.

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 – during the current Covid-19 Pandemic, refunds will be given for any illness related absence. 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

Get to Know the Dirty Girls: Marie Meador

If you’ve stopped in at Compass Point over the last year, whether that be for a live music event, yoga, or just to shop, you’ve probably seen Marie! She is often adding new products to the inventory system, finding new ways to keep things organized at the counter and helping people find gear. 

Marie has been a Dirty Girl member for about five years. Her first Dirty Girl Adventures event was the Eagle Hike. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Eagle Hike, it’s an annual event in late January where the Dirty Girls hike to a special location where it’s very likely you’ll see eagles, nests and other wildlife.

Eagle Hike

“The Eagle Hike intrigued me as I love seeing eagles, so I convinced my daughter to join me. We did the Eagle Hike two years in a row. I officially joined Dirty Girl Adventures five years ago.”

Each year, Marie really enjoyed the Eagle Hikes but was happy when she found another Dirty Girl to motivate her to try some other hikes and even an Intro to Kayaking event. After that, the rest was history, as most ladies say after a few DGA events. 

“Now, I have hiked the All the Way (29-mile hike at Perry Lake)  twice, attempted Pike’s Peak, kayaked the Kaw several times and a section of the Buffalo River,” says Marie.

Marie hiking at Pike’s Peak with her daughter.

Marie is an avid volunteer for multiple organizations. She has helped with Her Hikers, an organization that helps to get girls in 3-6th grade to enjoy the outdoors and is a volunteer firefighter in her hometown. Additionally, she helps keep things running smoothly at Compass Point and is a Certified Dirty Girl Sweep. 

“After doing several hikes, I have learned what my hiking pace is and I’m now a Certified Diry Girl Sweep, where I help others at the end of the group to hike their own hike.  At DGA it’s not a race, its an activity accessible to everyone with no judgment.”

In 2016, Marie completed her first All the Way hike and it is her favorite memory with DGA. 

“Thanks to Jennifer’s encouragement, I made it both days. That’s when I learned the best place for me was at the back of the hiking group. I may be the last to come in, but I enjoy taking my time and encouraging others that they can succeed too,” says Marie.   

Marie has also conquered her fear of water through many kayaking events with DGA. Her first time in a kayak was an overnight float on the Kaw River from Lawrence to Eudora. Denise and Jenn helped her with her paddling techniques and she learned to pick a sandbar to pitch her tent and set up camp. 

“This trip led me to many more trips on the Kaw and even stretches of the Buffalo River with other Dirty Girls,” she said.   

Marie is one of the most steadfast supporters of Dirty Girl Adventures supporters and we appreciate her generosity. Swing by the shop next time you’re in Topeka and say hi to Marie!

Weekend Backpacking Checklist- Part 3

This time around, we’re going over an important part of your packing that is probably the easiest area to overpack- toiletries. This is also one of those areas you’ll be surprised how little you can get by with.

The first thing you’ll need is some sort of small bag for your toiletry items. We’ve got a couple of great items in the shop that make for great backpacking toiletry bags. Check it out!

Disclaimer: Throughout this blog, you’ll notice that some links go to our online Compass Point shop, and some go to Amazon. Our goal at Compass Point is to have all things backpacking and hiking gear in our store. While we work on getting more items in our shop, we’ve set up an Amazon Affiliate account so you can still support us by shopping through those links. As time goes on and we get more items in our shop, this blog will be updated with links to our online Compass Point shop. If you do choose to purchase something through the online Compass Point shop, please know that you must pick up in person- we do not ship items (and we want to see your face). Thank you for supporting our small business- we are excited to equip you with the knowledge and gear you need to have memorable and safe adventures in the great outdoors.

Osprey Dry Sacks

The Osprey Dry sacks are designed to keep the contents of your pack organized and bone dry. They are made with a roll-top waterproof closure with waterproof coated fabric/seams. The sacks also come in a variety of colors, so you could have your first aid in “electric lime” and your toiletries in “shadow gray” for color-coded organization in your pack.

Cotopaxi Del Dia Dopp Kit

The Dopp Kit is a home-away-from-home for your toothbrush and other grooming accessories while on the trail (or anywhere, really). The spacious main compartment is complemented by two internal side sleeves, and a large loop of webbing doubles as a carry handle and hang loop.

All Cotopaxi products are made in the Philippines using leftover materials from other companies’ production runs that could have gone to a landfill.

The awesome thing about Cotopaxi’s Del Dia line is that each piece is put together by Philippine employees who put together the funky color combos that make each pack distinct, giving them final creative control over every product in the Del Día family. When you pick up one of these packs, what you’re seeing is the “signature” of the employees who made it.

100% repurposed and 100% funky, each Dopp Kit is one of a kind!!

Toiletries

Your beauty routine while backpacking will be pretty limited and should focus mainly on hygiene. Depending on where you are and how long your adventure will be, you might add in a few extra items. First things first……

The MUST-HAVES

Kula Cloth– Ope, what do ya know- here we are raving about the Kula Cloth once again. Seriously, it’s the best. Made with antimicrobial cloth, its never been easier to keep your lady parts clean in the outdoors.

Sunscreen– The last thing you want while backpacking is a sunburn (well, there are some worse things…but trust us, you don’t want a sunburn). Get some water-resistant sunscreen with a higher SPF that comes in a small tube so it easily fits in your toiletry bag.

Lip balm– Not sure what’s worse, chapped lips or a sunburn. It’s so tiny there’s really no excuse to not bring some. Choose a balm with natural, organic ingredients that will keep your lips hydrated and protected We’re pretty loyal to Burt’s Bees.

Toothbrush & Toothpaste- Make sure you go with travel-size to save you lots of space.

Poop Kit- Your Kula Cloths’ partner in crime, the poop kit! In order to comply with the Leave No Trace Principles, you should follow these steps to dispose of waste properly. This is a durable, affordable and practical trowel for your poop kit. Toilet paper/wet wipes and a zip lock back are the other components you’ll need.

Wet wipes- These really have so many uses on the trail. First reason for the above topic^^ (toilet paper works too), but also wiping yourself down for a little refresher after a long day of hiking. Be sure to pack a zip-lock bag to dispose of your wet wipes/toilet paper and other trash.

Hand sanitizer- an obvious must-have before eating and after going to the bathroom!

Optional Additional Items

Deodorant- Believe us, you can live without it. You’ll be stinky, but that’s part of it. However, if you are going on a short backpacking trip with not a whole lot of weight in your pack, you can totally get away with throwing in a travel sized deodorant.

Gold Bond powder- Depending on who you are, you might argue this as a must-have item. If it’s humid and hot where you’re hiking, you may be prone to chafing and this stuff will be your saving grace.

Hair brush- If you absolutely can’t stand your hair being a ratty mess, you can throw in a small hair brush if your pack isn’t too heavy. But really, it’s okay if you end up looking like Hagrid off Harry Potter.

Witch hazel & cotton rounds- This is a great add-in for shorter trips where you aren’t trying to spare as much weight as possible. Get a travel-sized spray bottle and fill it with witch hazel. Spray a cotton round with the witch hazel at the end of a long day on the trail and boom, you have a clean face!

Be sure to adjust based on your own personal and specific needs and always research location specifics before you go!

Photo from the Backpacking Sanctuary

Elk River Trail Backpacking Adventure

Located in Crane, Kansas, the Elk River Trail is rated the #1 backpacking trail in Kansas by Backpacker Magazine. The 15-mile trail offers panoramic views of Elk City Lake from the tops of limestone bluffs and winds through narrow canyons and rock overhangs. You truly get a little bit of everything along this trail- sun, shade, wildlife, flowers, bluffs, interesting rock formations and shockingly, even some elevation change! That being said, it’s not an easy hike- it’s rugged, rocky terrain requires scrambling up steep slopes, making it a challenging hike.

Fifteen Dirty Girls set out to conquer 10 miles of this trail but finished with so much more than a completed hike. This was a unique group- hardly any of the women had ever been backpacking before. Each and every one of them had their own fears at the trailhead but walked out of the woods with huge feelings of success after the hard challenge. There is something about backpacking that really makes you get to know yourself. When you hike your own hike, you learn to conquer fears by connecting with yourself and nature.

Gathering at the trail head.

The most magical part of this adventure was Sunday morning. Everyone woke up, cooked a camp breakfast and packed their gear. Before stepping onto the trail, the group gathered in a circle and mentioned what they’d took away from the adventure up to that point. During this time sharing thoughts, everyone had moments of cheers, laughs and tears when they realized the connections they’d made with themselves and others with just one day immersed in nature on the trail.

Feeling empowered and stronger after sharing their hearts, the group set out for the way back. A few miles in at a rock ledge overlooking the lake, the ladies took some power pictures.

We will be going on more backpacking and hiking adventures in the near future. If you think you might want to join us, we asked all the ladies what their favorite piece of gear and snack was on this trip. See below and get ideas for gear and snacks for your next adventure, with us or on your own!

Disclaimer: Throughout this blog, you’ll notice that some links go to our online Compass Point shop, and some go to Amazon. While we work on getting more items in our shop, we’ve set up an Amazon Affiliate account so you can still support us, as we receive a small commission from any purchases via those Amazon links. Thank you for supporting our small business- we are excited to equip you with the knowledge and gear you need to have memorable and safe adventures in the great outdoors.

Mary Putney: Gear: Osprey Backpack

Snack/food: Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Covered Power Berries

Denise Cook: Gear: Osprey Backpack

Snack/food: Kodiak Cakes Oatmeal Power Cups

Michelle Terry: Gear: MSR Pocket Rocket Stove

Snack/food: Mountain House Chicken & Dumplings

Emily Sharp: Gear: Sleeping pad

Snack/food: beef jerkey

Catherine King: Gear: REI Backpack

Snack/food:Trader Joes Dried Mango

Lorraine Leicht-Gillgannon (Official Dirty Girl Guide): Gear: Big Agnes Tent

Snack/food: Bean and Cheese burrito

This is Gerry, a new honorary Dirty Girl member. She was found by Lorraine and joins in on adventures, often sneaking whiskey into backpacks.

Teresa Cotton: Gear: Therm-a-Rest Sleeping Pad

Snack/food: Mountain House Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Cassie Douglas: Gear: Salomon hiking tennis shoes and Injinji Toe Socks (available in-store at Compass Point)

Snack/food: Sahale Nut Blends

Dereka Pederson: Gear: Esbit Ultralight Pocket Stove

Snack/food: Werther’s Hard Candies

Robin Dixon: Gear: Lantern light

Snack/food: HOMEMADE ENERGY BALLS

Dorothy Kurtz: Gear: LEKI Trekking Poles

Snack/food: Sweet potato smothered with baked beans and cornbread muffin

Amy Schmutzler: Gear: Yodo Tent

Snack/food: Moon Cheese

Cheryl Coon: Gear: Sleepingo Sleeping Pad

Snack/food: homemade trail mix…..Cheryl’s recipe was a hit on the trail, so she shared her recipe with us!

CHERYL’S TRAIL MIX

Walnuts, pumpkin seeds, cashews, sunflower seeds, banana chips, cranberries, tropical fruit medley, wasabi peas, black sesame rice crackers

Optional add-ins: dried cherries or blueberries, yogurt covered pretzels, Snyder’s mustard snack mix or butterscotch chips

Ali Ragan: Gear: MSR Pocket Rocket Stove

Snack/food: Mountain House Pasta Primavera

Denise Selbee-Koch: Gear: KT Tape

Snack/food: Apples and Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter Squeeze Packs

Post-hike celebratory beers and snacks!

“We shared our hearts, our thought and our lives while we backpacked together.

The solitary hike: step after step, feeling and growing as individual humans.

The connected hike: learning we are stronger together, similar yet different, supportive and accepting of each other as we are when we are a vulnerable tribe bound together.”

– Denise Selbee-Koch, Original Dirty Girl

Ali Ragan
Ali Ragan

Dirty Girl Adventures
Communications and Social Media Manager