Compass Point Yoga

Join us for Compass Point Yoga on the Courtyard with RYT Jennifer Sieben EVERY THURSDAY from 5:45 – 6:45pm

Walk in yogi’s can purchase a pass for $7 day of class or purchase a Yoga Punch Card for $25  good for 5 sessions over 8 weeks.

Walk-in: $7

Punch Card: $25

Yoga cards purchased but not used due to COVID -19 will be honored.

Since this is an outside class, please watch the weather – check our FACEBOOK to see if there are changes in class due to inclement weather.

Please consider bringing your own yoga supplies or you can use ours – arrive masked and keep your mask on until you are seated on your mat on the courtyard.  Respect social distancing and help all those in attendance feel as comfortable as possible.

Patio Yoga Classes at Compass Point
Compass Point Urban Yoga on the Courtyard

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

kayaking

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.

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

Time to Hike #4

Hiking, Kansas

It’s time to hike!  This is the fourth and final hike in the Time to Hike series.  Come out with us!

The difficulty level of these hikes depends on your current fitness level BUT generally these are considered easy to moderate hikes.  We practice self paced hiking.  We will provide a guide and a sweep hiker so that everyone is supported and knows where to go on the trail.   DGA uses various techniques to ensure that we have ample opportunity to be physically distant yet connected while hiking so that no one is lost or left behind.   You are responsible for managing your own preferences for social distancing and for respecting the preferences of others. 

Gear needs for these hikes is minimal, suggested gear includes a way to carry water, snacks, comfortable shoes with good tread, trekking pole/s and a flashlight or headlamp for the last two hikes.  BUG SPRAY!!!

EACH INDIVIDUAL HIKE $12

End time is estimated but essentially plan for a 90 minute commitment   – location listed is generic.  You will receive an email with specific directions to our starting location.  The Perry Lake Hiking Biking Trails have more than one trailhead, we will explore two of them.  Skyline Azura Trail is in Topeka and Iliff Commons Trails are in rural Shawnee County. 

TICKET LINK

Hike #4. 9/30/2020 Wednesday

Check in:  5:45pm – 7:15pm Iliff Commons (sunset 7:10pm)

Weekend Backpacking Checklist- Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of our Weekend Backpacking Checklist. This blog will be detailing all things camp cooking!

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.

With the right gear, you can whip up some pretty delicious food to satisfy your hunger at the end of a long day on the trail.

CAMP COOKING ESSENTIALS

Ultralight Backpacking Stove

A good backpacking stove means hot coffee before a day of hiking and a hot meal at the end of a long day on the trail. You could easily get by with snack bars and other dry goods like nuts and jerky, but a stove is a must-pack item if you want a hot meal at the end of the day. As a long-time backpacker, Denise has gone through many backpacking stoves, but her ultimate favorite is the MSR Pocket Rocket. It’s super easy to set up and operate and can boil up to a liter of water in just 3.5 minutes. It’s a bit on the higher end scale of things, so if you are just a beginner, she recommends this similar AOTU Portable Backpacking Stove.

Backpacking Stove Fuel

Of course you’re going to need fuel to light your stove to start cooking. This MSR fuel is some of the best canister fuel on the market.

Hydration Reservoir

Not only will you use a hydration reservoir for water, but also for cooking. This hydration reservoir has great design making filling, cleaning and most importantly staying hydrated and cooking on the trail easier than ever. All parts are BPA-free, phthalate-free, lead-free, guaranteed.

Water Filter

“Don’t drink the water” is advice you should follow in the backcountry. Water can contain all kinds of little organisms that can make you sick. Newer water filter systems are light, easy-to-use and deliver clean water with less effort so there’s no good reason for taking a chance on drinking and cooking contaminated water. This Mini Sawyer Water Filter is only two ounces and removes 99.9% of all bacteria and 100% of microplastics.

Cookware

When backpacking, you don’t need much for cookware. A single pot and eating utensil will do, and maybe a cup if you’re a coffee drinker.  Cook sets with several pots, pans, cups and bowls add lots of extra weight and better for car camping.

This Stanley Adventure Cook Set includes a 24 ounce kettle and two ceramic cups. It’s perfect for cooking hot meals, coffee or to boil water. The top is vented to let steam escape and strain liquid. We will be carrying a line of Stanley Cookware at Compass Point very soon-stay tuned!

For eating, this BPA-Free BIO Spork from works great and only weighs close to nothing.

Last but not least, for all the coffee drinkers out there, this camping cup is the perfect coffee cup for on the trail.

Multi-Tool

You never know what kind of issues you’ll run into on the trail- that’s the whole reason you carry a multitool. When the situation presents itself, you’ll be glad that somewhere in the myriad of tools is exactly what you need. The best multitool for backpacking needs to be full of functionality while adding minimal weight and bulk to your pack. Original Dirty Girl, Denise, has used this Gerber multitool for years and won’t carry anything else. It’s a bit on higher in price but worth it.

This is a pretty basic list of cookware items, but that’s part of backpacking- simplicity and minimizing. You’d be surprised with how little you can get by with while backpacking. Be sure to always research location specifics before you go so you can take into consideration other gear you may need.

If you are participating in Adventure Bingo, you can get a square marked off if you subscribe, OR if you’re already subscribed, share this blog on Facebook to get a square marked off. Tune in next week for the Backpacking Toiletry Bag section of the Weekend Backpacking Checklist. Happy trails!

Time to Hike #3

Hiking, Kansas

Join us for the third in the Time to Hike series intended to help you build strength, endurance and knowledge of the trail.

The difficulty level of these hikes depends on your current fitness level BUT generally these are considered easy to moderate hikes.  We practice self paced hiking.  We will provide a guide and a sweep hiker so that everyone is supported and knows where to go on the trail.   DGA uses various techniques to ensure that we have ample opportunity to be physically distant yet connected while hiking so that no one is lost or left behind.   You are responsible for managing your own preferences for social distancing and for respecting the preferences of others. 

Gear needs for these hikes is minimal, suggested gear includes a way to carry water, snacks, comfortable shoes with good tread, trekking pole/s and a flashlight or headlamp for the last two hikes.  BUG SPRAY!!!

 

EACH INDIVIDUAL HIKE $12

End time is estimated but essentially plan for a 90 minute commitment   – location listed is generic.  You will receive an email with specific directions to our starting location.  The Perry Lake Hiking Biking Trails have more than one trailhead, we will explore two of them.  Skyline Azura Trail is in Topeka and Iliff Commons Trails are in rural Shawnee County. 

Hike #3. 9/22/2020 Tuesday

Check in:  5:45pm – 7:15pm  Perry Lake Hiking Biking Trails (sunset 7:20pm)

Get to Know the Dirty Girls: Stacy Hull


Another Dirty Girl who has been around since the beginning…Stacy Hull!! Stacy found out about Dirty Girl Adventures through her husband, who was friends with Denise’s husband, before it even started. Once she heard Denise had plans to start her business, Stacy was fully interested and the thought of hanging out with other women who liked the same things as her, sounded amazing! 

Stacy was not always an outdoorswoman. She was perfectly happy staying inside in the AC until DGA came into her life. Walking in town and participating in 5K races eventually started to become part of her routine, and once she heard about DGA, she was ready to take things to the next level and explore fitness in a different realm, hiking and kayaking. 

“Dirty Girl Adventures has changed this introvert into someone who gets out of her own head and goes outside with other like minded women,” says Stacy. Before joining the club, she was worried that no one would talk to her because she tends to be on the quiet side. However, that was far from the case. Stacy has made so many friends and learned to enjoy company and conversation more since she has been with DGA. 

“Having a group of like minded women in my life brings diversity and new experiences that I may not have had otherwise. This group has given me some great friends, and hopefully some more to come.” 

Stacy’s most memorable Dirty Girl Adventures event was the first eight mile hike on the Old Military Trail at Perry Lake. “I was in awe of Denise on how many times one woman could run back and forth on this trail,” she says. Since this was one of her first outdoor adventures, this outing made Stacy more comfortable being outside and began her connection with the outdoors. 

“The first hike was memorable to me because it was the first crack in my ‘introvert life’ and it opened me up to new people I would’ve never met. It was also a much different workout for me than my typical 5K on paved roads.”

A huge core value of Dirty Girl Adventures is to learn to adventure where you are. When we asked Stacy if she could adventure anywhere, she said she would love to explore more of her home state, Kansas. A lot of people put Kansas at the bottom of their adventure bucket list, but there are so many places in the sunflower state to explore. Stacy wants to hike the Flint Hills Nature Trail and the Elk River Trail. We love that she wants to explore more of Kansas. Stacy is a Dirty Girl at heart!