Beginning Backpack Adventure!

Join us March 13th and 14th for this excursion to Arkansas for the perfect beginning backpacking adventure!   We’ve scoped out the trail, planned the camping spot and we’re prepared to guide you, support your experience on the trail and have a GREAT adventure with YOU!  We will travel to Hobbs State Park near Beaver Lake where we’ll hike a 8.5 miles on the Pigeon Roost Trail.  Although this is a beginning backpacking adventure, the trail is rated as moderately difficult and strenuous due to several hill climbs. The trail winds through narrow hollows and up and along rugged ridges. It travels through stands of native pines, hardwoods, and typical Ozark vegetation.  There are several locations that offer great views of the Van Hollow branch of Beaver Lake.  Participants can choose to arrive Friday and arrange lodging or camping on their own.  The trail is located in the Hobbs State Park Conservation Area approximately 20 minutes from Rogers, Arkansas.

What are you paying for?  We’ve done all the planning, made reservations, made contact with area park rangers 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 BONUS pre-hike and pack weigh-in event at the Perry Lake Trail on Saturday March 6th at 10am to help you hone your plan.  Two experienced Dirty Girl Guides will be with you every step of the way!

When:  Saturday March 13th through Sunday March 14th, 2021  (The average temperature range for these date is from 39* to 60* – perfect!)

Check in time:  Saturday March 13th 10:30am

Estimated completion time: Sunday March 14th 1:00pm

Bonus Hike and pack weigh-in:  Saturday March 6th 10am Perry Lake Trail (details provided with registration)

 

 

 

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

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!