Bird Yak #2

Join us Saturday  November 13th, for one of the last paddles of 2021. We will venture out onto Lake Perry for a mid-day paddle. Odds are in favor of us seeing a variety of interesting migratory birds – from Terns to Pelicans!

We will provide instruction, a guide and all the gear you need to paddle, including a great time on the water!

Check-in at 1:00 pm to paddle from about 1:30 – 3:30 pm – optimistically the warmest time of the day! You will receive an email with our specific destination a few days before the event. We will continue to watch the weather and the water to choose the best spot. We will hope to have a fire if the weather isn’t too much.

Regular Rental: $40

Club Rental: $32

Regular OYO: $25

Club OYO: $20

Bring:  a thermos of hot cocoa, water, snacks

Wear: LAYERS!! Wool socks and rubber boots 😀 A fuzzy hat and scarf and all the layers in between!

Dirty Girl Adventures Event Refund Policy:

Refunds are given up to two weeks 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 or modify 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.

What are you paying for?

It’s more than a rented kayak, it’s an experience! We will lift and haul all the gear you need for your adventure. We will provide instruction, support, guidance and safety information before and during each event. We will be there with you for the duration of the event doing our best to help you remain comfortable and engaged in the adventure.

Backpack the Hercules-Glades Wilderness

Join us for a weekend backpacking trip in the Hercules-Glades Wilderness in Mark Twain National Forrest near Bradleyville, Missouri. This is a gorgeous, lightly trafficked, 9 mile looping trail that includes multiple water features and a waterfall, steep inclines/declines, rough and rocky trail surfaces and wooded scenery.

Basic schedule for this adventure:  If you aren’t a fan of getting up early, you may find it useful to spend Friday evening in Springfield, Missouri.   Saturday we will meet at the trailhead between 9:30 – 10am to begin our hike.  We will hike about 5.5 miles before we make camp.  This start time should have us setting up camp between 3-4pm.  Sunday we will hit the trail no later than 10am which should have us off trail between 3-4ish for our drive home.  This timeline allows ample time to explore the area.  Carpooling is suggested, participants will receive a group email to facilitate connecting.

Things to know: 

  • Sign up for this event closes November 5th.
  • We have pre-hiked this trail and feel comfortable with the rating of *Moderate as a challenge rating.
  • November temperatures in this area range from a high of 65* with a low of 35*.  This is your opportunity to experience cool night time temperatures with mild, comfortable temperatures for hiking.
  • You will need `backpacking and hiking gear.  We will provide a gear list with details but the basics include: backpack, tent, sleeping gear, layered clothing, all of your food, snacks and the ability to cary your water.  Participants can plan to share gear to lighten their loads.  We will provide a water filter on the trail to assist you with refills or this would be a good hike to use your own water filter.  If you need help choosing gear or knowing what to choose, we can help you prepare.

Dirty Girl Adventures Event Refund Policy:
Refunds will only be given up to November 5th, 2021.  After that, refunds are not given unless there are exceptional circumstances. Dirty Girl Adventures may cancel or modify 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.
What are you paying for?  It’s more than a hike, it’s a group experience! We will build connection with self, nature and each other on this adventure. We will provide any needed instruction, support, guidance and safety information before and during each event. We will be there with you for the duration of the event doing our best to help you remain comfortable and engaged in the adventure.

Bird Yak 2021 #1

Join us Sunday, October 24th for one of the last paddles of 2021. We will venture out onto Lake Perry for a mid-day paddle. Odds are in favor of us seeing a variety of interesting migratory birds – from Terns to Pelicans!

We will provide instruction, a guide and all the gear you need to paddle, including a great time on the water!

Check-in at 12:30 pm to paddle from about 1 – 3 pm – optimistically the warmest time of the day! You will receive an email with our specific destination a few days before the event. We will continue to watch the weather and the water to choose the best spot. We will hope to have a fire if the weather isn’t too much.

Regular Rental: $40

Club Rental: $32

Regular OYO: $25

Club OYO: $20

Bring: a thermos of hot cocoa, water, snacks

Wear: LAYERS!! Wool socks and rubber boots 😀 A fuzzy hat and scarf and all the layers in between!

Dirty Girl Adventures Event Refund Policy:

Refunds are given up to two weeks 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 or modify 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.

What are you paying for?

It’s more than a rented kayak, it’s an experience! We will lift and haul all the gear you need for your adventure. We will provide instruction, support, guidance and safety information before and during each event. We will be there with you for the duration of the event doing our best to help you remain comfortable and engaged in the adventure.

Kansas River Adventure

Join us for a Kansas River Adventure!  It is likely that this is our last river adventure of the season.  Don’t miss out, sign up now!  Please note that kayaking experience is helpful in advance of paddling 9 miles on the Kaw.

We will paddle the Mighty Kaw from Lawrence to Eudora on Saturday October 23rd.   Our plan is for a relaxing day on the Kaw.  This is one of our favorite sections of the Kaw with ample opportunities to see eagles and other wildlife.

We will provide the gear if you are a renter (life jacket, kayak, paddle) and everyone will have a guide and safety paddlers for the duration of the event.  In addition, we will provide the Dirty Bus to shuttle us.

You will receive a detailed informational email 2 days before the event when you have pre-registered.

Details…

We will all gather in Eudora at 10:00am to load the bus, this allows us to leave our vehicles where we will be getting off river.  

OYO’s  (people who own their own kayak) will gear drop in Lawrence at 9:00am in order to have time to get to Eudora for boarding the bus.  Please plan to leave your carpool pals in Lawrence to reduce crowding on the bus. 

This will be a gorgeous day on the Kaw with plenty of sandbar exploration, good company and hopefully great weather.

Regular Rental: $50

Club Rental: $40

OYO – bring your own kayak and gear

Regular OYO: $30

Club OYO: $25

Bring: sunscreen, WATER, electrolyte replacements, hearty snacks and lunch, beverages of choice, a hat, water shoes or old tennis shoes – please include a fleece or other synthetic/quick drying jacket in your gear.

Expected time commitment: However long it takes, we don’t rush, we go with the flow but we will be off the river by sunset.

Dirty Girl Adventures Event 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 or modify 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.

What are you paying for?

It’s more than a rented kayak, it’s an experience! We will lift and haul all the gear you need for your adventure. We will provide instruction, support, guidance and safety information before and during each event. We will be there with you for the duration of the event doing our best to help you remain comfortable and engaged in the adventure. You will have the opportunity to ride the Dirty Bus as your shuttle from one point to the other.

GO ALL THE WAY to Kanopolis State Park

Join us for one of our all time FAVORITE EVENTS!  It’s time to GO ALL THE WAY!!  This year we will be going to the first state park in Kansas, Kanopolis State Park!  This park is situated in the rolling hills, bluffs and woods of the scenic Smoky Hills region of the state. From the towering Dakota sandstone bluffs to the caves and crevices of Horsethief Canyon, the park and surrounding area offer rugged beauty and stunning vistas.  The trails will take us through all of these areas with amazing views and widely varied terrain.  Good news, the ranger says that they will have completed trail maintenance on the ENTIRE trail BEFORE we hike!  Woohoo!  Sunday’s hike is primarily through prairie, this is beautiful wide sky rolling hill country.  You will need a hat, sunscreen and a good windbreaker if it’s cool and windy

We will be hiking Saturday, camping Saturday evening and hiking some more on Sunday!  We will cover roughly 7-8 miles on Saturday and 8-10 on Sunday.  We have pre-hiked and mapped this hike, there are several small water crossings. YOU SHOULD BRING EXTRA SOCKS and SHOES just in case. TREKKING POLES make water crossings easier!

You will need to bring all of your own camping gear for the overnight stay.  (see gear list below) We have reserved tent camping at Rockwall Campground for our group.  You will bring your own lunch and snacks for the trail each day.  Wear long hiking pants and hiking shoes, the terrain is rough and rocky.  We will have at least one water crossing, probably not super wet given recent conditions but be prepared. We will provide dinner on Saturday night and breakfast on Sunday morning. Please let us know if you have any special dietary needs by emailing us at adventure@dirtygirladventures.net.

All the Way includes group hiking with a guide and a sweep both days, overnight camping Saturday, 2 meals (dinner and breakfast) and an EVENT T-SPECIFIC COMMEMORATIVE ITEM.

Regular Price: $220

Club Price: $175

Timeline of events… Saturday check in time is 10am at Rockwall campground. We will hike out and circle back to camp – we will be off trail by sunset 6:30pm or earlier. Dinner around 7pm with time around the fire to follow.  Sunday morning we will breakfast and break camp ready to roll by 9am.  We will drive to an alternate trailhead to start our Sunday hike.  We will be off trail by sunset at the latest.

GEAR LIST:  tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, pillow, personal care items, day pack with hydration capacity of at least 3 liters, headlamp, trekking poles, lawn chair, hiking pants – THERE ARE STICKERS and STICK-TIGHTS – ripstop or fabric that resists plants that stick are highly suggested, trail ready shoes or boots, rain gear, clothing layers, that include  snacks and lunch

We will have water re-fills or access to water at camp.

What are you paying for?

Before you arrive at camp, we will have pre-hiked the entire trail.  We have spoken with the Park Rangers, discussed safety and any possible concerns, arranged for a special use permit, reserved camping, planned for water and meals as listed above.   We will provide a lead hiker, a middle hiker and a sweep hiker on trail.  We will provide a guide support, information about the trail history and local plants and animals. We will all have first aid kits and equipment to aid in your comfort if injured. We will always know where we are (mostly) and will be able to access outside support if needed. Portions of this trail are not accessible by car.

Dirty Girl Adventures Event Refund Policy:

Refunds are given up to two weeks 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 or modify 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.

What are you paying for? It’s more than a hike, it’s a group experience!  We will build connection with self, nature and each other on this adventure. We will provide any needed instruction, support, guidance and safety information before and during each event. We will be there with you for the duration of the event doing our best to help you remain comfortable and engaged in the adventure.

Afternoon on Lake Shawnee

kayaking

It’s time to Paddle!  Come and enjoy the afternoon on the lake with your friends. Kayaking is a great way to connect with nature, unwind and relax. A Lake Yak is a great way to mingle with friends both new and old. Dirty Girl Adventures provides all the gear, the instruction, safety paddlers and we always ADVENTURE – CONNECT – ENGAGE!  We do need a minimum registration of 10 people one week prior to 9/23 in order to hold this event.

Thursday September 23rd, 2021 

Check in time 1:30pm

Paddle time 2:00ish to 4:00ish

Regular Rental: $40

What to expect: You will get the instruction you need prior to kayaking.  We will provide support on the water, take pictures and allow your group to paddle as hard or as little as you prefer.  Lake Shawnee is beautiful with both manicured gardens and wild nature around the lake.

Location:  Lake Shawnee South Boat Ramp GOOGLE MAP – this is south of Ted Ensley Gardens – you can park along the road coming into the parking lot. 

Bring: sunscreen, WATER, beverages of choice, snacks, a hat, water shoes or old tennis shoes, towel for the ride home – soft sided coolers fit best into/onto the kayaks

Wear: comfy clothing that can get slightly damp

Dirty Girl Adventures Event Refund Policy:

Refunds are given up to two weeks 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 or modify 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.

What are you paying for? It’s more than a rented kayak, it’s an experience! We will lift and haul all the gear you need for your adventure. We will provide instruction, support, guidance and safety information before and during each event. We will be there with you for the duration of the event doing our best to help you remain comfortable and engaged in the adventure.

Sunday Sunset Kayaking

It’s time to Paddle!  Come and enjoy the evening on the lake with your friends, make new friends and relax a little before the work week. 

This is a great event for beginners and experienced kayakers alike.  We will provide all the gear, instruction and support on the water while you enjoy an evening unplugged yet connected to nature and friends.  You’ll also have a a great view of the Kansas Sky.  Kayaking is a great way to connect with nature, unwind and relax. We love to paddle, paddle, float, float! Dirty Girl Adventures provides all the gear, the instruction, safety paddlers and we always ADVENTURE – CONNECT – ENGAGE!

Sunday June 27th, 2021

Check in time 6:00pm

Paddle time 6:30 – 8:30ish

Regular Rental: $40

Club Rental: $30

Regular Bring your own kayak: $20

Club Bring your own kayak: $15

Location: Lake Perry – details on location by Saturday 

Bring: sunscreen, WATER, beverages of choice, snacks, a hat, water shoes or old tennis shoes, towel for the ride home

Wear: comfy clothing that can get wet, swimsuit

Dirty Girl Adventures Event Refund Policy:

Refunds are given up to two weeks 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 or modify 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.

What are you paying for? It’s more than a rented kayak, it’s an experience! We will lift and haul all the gear you need for your adventure. We will provide instruction, support, guidance and safety information before and during each event. We will be there with you for the duration of the event doing our best to help you remain comfortable and engaged in the adventure.

Wamego to Belvue on the Kaw

YES!!  We’re going to paddle from WAMEGO TO BELVUE on the Mighty Kaw! We’re ready to paddle this beautiful stretch of the Kaw on June 5th. This will be a gorgeous day on the Kaw with plenty of sandbar exploration, good company and great weather and perfect flow! Fingers crossed!  If the River doesn’t cooperate, we will move to a new adventure plan and make the best of the day.

  • OYO Gear Drop 11am Wamego  – OYO (own your own)
  • Rentals- Dirty Bus check-in at Belvue at 11:45am

Expected time commitment: However long it takes, we don’t rush, we go with the flow…

  • Regular Rental: $55
  • Club Rental: $50
  • Regular OYO: $45
  • Club OYO: $35

Bring:  sunscreen, WATER, electrolyte replacements, hearty snacks and your lunch, beverages of choice, a hat, water shoes or old tennis shoes

You will receive an email with more detailed information and instructions two days prior to the event.  This allows us to monitor the water and the weather and make changes as necessary.

We will provide a ride on the Dirty Bus from our get out location, Belvue, to our put in location Wamego.

Dirty Girl Adventures Event 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 or modify an event due to weather or conditions, if this occurs, we will do our best to rearrange the adventure  and get you outside.  If necessary, we will make up the difference in price for you.   If the conditions require cancellation, everyone will receive a refund. We will paddle and hike in cool, rainy or snowy conditions. Cancellation only occurs in severe weather or other dangerous conditions.

What are you paying for?

It’s more than a rented kayak, it’s an experience! We will lift and haul all the gear you need for your adventure. We will provide instruction, support, guidance and safety information before and during each event. We will be there with you for the duration of the event doing our best to help you remain comfortable and engaged in the adventure. We will provide a shuttle service to move your vehicle from the put in to the get out.

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!

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!