Dirty Girls Go ALL the WAY … Hiking on the Perry Lake Trail

Are you ready for some longer hikes? Are you thinking about joining us for our 4th Annual Dirty Girls Go All the Way? Sign up ASAP if that’s the case!

We love the Perry Lake Trail and would love to have more people access this great resource. Thanks to the Kansas Trails Council VOLUNTEERS for creating and maintaining it!

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A February Trail work day with Kansas Trails Council volunteers!

If you can’t join us for Dirty Girls Go All the Way but would be interested in hiking the PLT, you can use this list to find gear suggestions for day hikes or longer hikes.  DGA will host several hikes of various distances on the PLT throughout the 2018 Adventure Season – gather your gear and watch for event details  when the 2018 Schedule is released in December.

When you hike the PLT, you can expect to see some gorgeous views, some wildlife and to traverse a variety of terrains. The PLT includes rough, rocky trail with steep inclines and declines often through timbered land. In addition, you will find yourself hiking through pastured sections along the edge of the lake shore. You can find a map of the PLT here, please note that while they have the PLT rated as EASY – we don’t know why that is…. while there is significant variation in the trail, many sections are extremely DIFFICULT and the majority of the trail is HARD. Be prepared! Take some time to explore the possibilities at www.GetOutdoorsKansas.org, take some time to explore this site for additional Kansas Adventures!

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March on the PLT with Dirty Girl Adventures – such a beautiful hike!

When you hike with DGA, we provide some amenities … a guide with knowledge of the trail, a trail sweep to bring up the rear – NO DIRTY GIRL LEFT BEHIND! We also carry first aid kits, we often provide water refills and a bus ride so you can hike one way instead of out and back. DGA also likes to end a hike with some time around the campfire with friends.

If you aren’t hiking with DGA  you’ll need to plan an out and back hike or arrange a car drop for one way hikes.

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This is from last FEBRUARY during the DGA Eagle Hike. Gorgeous day!

This is a list of suggested items to bring to the Annual Dirty Girls Go All the Way hike on October 21st and 22nd – you can sign up HERE! Remember, that while this particular event includes one night of primitive camping on the trail, we don’t carry our camping gear with us. We set up our basecamp and the Dirty Bus will transport us to the trailhead so that we can hike back with just our day packs. The Dirty Minions will bring us our lunch at the mid point. If you want to join us but don’t want to “go all the way” sign up for either Saturday or Sunday and go “half way” with us!

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The Dirty Bus makes a one way hike on the PLT a little easier!

Things to bring for camp:
For All the Way, there is a Vault toilet available and DGA will bring the insta-hot water maker for hand and face washing.
  • Folding lawn chair
  • Tent
  • Sleeping gear
  • Personal care items
  • Comfy camp clothes
  • Don’t forget any daily medications you might need
  • DGA provides the fire, the food and the coffee when we host an event so when you’re not with us you’ll need all of the stuff to take care of camp! 😉
Things to take on your hike: 
  • Hydration backpack with a capacity of  at least 2 Liters of water or more (bring it full to start your hike)
  • Snacks for the trail – be sure to include both protein and sugar or carbs – we like trail mixes, tortillas rolled with nut butters, apples, dried fruits and chocolate
  • Bring any medication that you might need on trail – epi-pen, insulin, etc.
  • Personal comfort items for along the trail  (things we take… lip balm, wipes for your hands, face or bum, eye drops if you have dry eyes or allergies of any type, if you are prone to blisters bring moleskin)
  • A fully charged smart phone with GPS capacity – in airplane mode or off to reserve battery
  • A copy of the trail map
  • Hiking poles – many prefer to hike with hiking poles to provide support for balance
  • If you aren’t with DGA, or even if you are, you should consider basic first aid supplies.

 

What to wear on the PLT: 
  • Long pants – this is a backwoods trail, there are stickers, stick tights and brush that you WILL contact
  • Wool blend socks
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Layers – we suggest tri-blend fabrics that dry quickly
  • Fleece jacket or rain gear depending on the forecast
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Summertime with DGA!

20170607_145053Hello!  We hope that you have been making time to GET OUTSIDE!  Remember, taking time to nourish your soul isn’t selfish, it’s self care. Self care is important for each and every one of us. Make some time today to get out and feel the soft air on your skin!

We’ve added some new opportunities to join us for some outdoor adventure! We’d love to take you outside!  Check out our new events in the DIRTY SHOP for more details!

 

Saturday July 22nd we will be offering 2 events to get you on the RIVER!

River Saturday – Check in at 9:30am at the Rising Sun River Access in Lecompton to board the Dirty Bus for a short paddle down the Delaware River to the Mighty Kaw. We will enjoy some time on the sandbar and be off River by early afternoon.

Delaware Dinner Dash– Check in at 4:45pm at the Rising Sun River Access in Lecompton to board the Dirty Bus for a short paddle down the Delaware River to the Mighty Kaw. We will enjoy dinner and the sunset from the sandbar getting off River about 9pm.

We hope that you are all enjoying the beautiful weather that we have been having in Northeast Kansas. Here are a few pictures of what we’ve been doing so far this summer.

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3 New Events Added! Come Outside with US!

We’ve added some new opportunities to join us for an outdoor adventure! Check out our new events in the DIRTY SHOP for more details!

  • Sunset Lake Yak – Wednesday June 21st, 2017 5:45pm Check in time – paddle from 6:30 – 8:30 Join us for a relaxing paddle on Lake Perry! We will gear up and paddle out to enjoy the scenery and company before sunset. This event will NOT be at Old Town Campground 😉 we will be selecting another location to explore from the water. You will receive an email with details as we approach June 21st. Sunset paddles are designed for relaxation and rejuvenation mid-week. Prepare to relax and enjoy the evening with the Dirty Girls! Dirty Dudes and kids are welcome to join us!10702234_10204912837049643_3884624319248067511_n
  • River Run – Saturday July 1st, 2017 Check in time at St. George River Access at 11:00am Two rivers for the price of one! Yes! We will launch onto the Blue River in Manhattan and paddle down to the Kansas River, getting off River in St. George for 11.5 miles on the Mighty Kaw! Everyone is welcome! You will check in at the St. George River Front Park Access at 11:00am Don’t be late because we will board the Dirty Bus promptly to ride back to our start location in Manhattan. We’ll be off river late in the afternoon after floating, paddling and exploring sandbars along the way. Don’t plan on anything other than going with the flow post paddle.

 

  • Instructional Kayaking – From Launch to Load! Wednesday June 28th, 2017 Check in time 5:45pm Instruction from 6:15 – 8:30  Are you a little worried about your first time kayaking? Although we provide instruction and support at every kayaking event, we know that some of you are more uncomfortable with the idea than others. You need a smaller group, more direct communication and you want to know the details … THIS event is for YOU! We will provide instruction and support before and during the event. We will answer all of your questions, demonstrate techniques and talk you through it from launch to load! Perry Lake LOCATION – will be finalized about one week before the event based on conditions. You will receive an email as we approach June 28th

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Plan to bring: Water, food, snacks, sun screen, water, adult beverages, sun screen, water, umbrella or parasol, an old t-shirt or water UPF shirt

Wear: shorts, tank, t-shirt, swimsuit, water shoes or old tennis shoes – no flip flops

What are you paying for? Use of a kayak, paddle, life jacket and all of the lifting, hauling, planning and coordination needed to make this happen. Renters and OYO’s are paying for a river/lake guide and experienced safety paddlers who will ensure that your trip is safe and that you receive instruction and support along the way. We will have supplies necessary to provide basic first aid on the river or lake. Dirty Minions will provide the muscle to push renters out and pull renters in – they will also do all the lifting and loading of DGA kayaks. If OYO’s are interested in support from Minions, please consider tipping them. Their first responsibility is to renters who by definition need more support. Owning your own kayak entitles you to a lower price and your own lifting, hauling, loading etc.

Our refund policy: Refunds are given up to one week before the date of the event no questions asked, after that there are no refunds. 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 due to other dangerous conditions.

Equipment policy: You break it or lose it you buy it.

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Sunset on Lake Shawnee

Let’s hit the Lake! Topeka’s Lake Shawnee is gorgeous and accessible for everyone. We will paddle for a couple of hours, enjoying the serenity that comes with time spent on the water. We’ll have time to paddle, float and enjoy our friends during this paddle. We will watch the sun go down then get off the lake feeling refreshed and rejuvenated!

Monday June 19th, 2017

Check in: 5:45pm

Paddle 6:30 – 8:30pm

Options: OYO – own your own kayak? Sign up for this choice! Kayak? Yep! SUP? If you have experience or are ready to build some experience, sign up for the SUP! We will provide basic instructions… even so, we believe you will be fully submersed at least once!

Cost: Regular Kayak $30, Club Kayak $24, Regular OYO $15 Club OYO $10, SUP $45

Sign up now in the Dirty Shop!

Plan to bring: Water, food, snacks, sun screen, water, bug spray, adult beverages, sun screen.

Wear: shorts, tank, t-shirt, swimsuit, water shoes or old tennis shoes – no flip flops

Details: We will send an email with details (map and directions) specific to the event a few days BEFORE June 19th. All events are subject to the whims of Kansas Weather – we will make adjustments as needed to ensure your safety and the most enjoyable adventure possible. 😀

What are you paying for? Other than an AMAZINGLY GREAT time with a bunch of AWESOME people!!!???

Kayak Events: Use of a kayak, paddle, life jacket and all of the lifting, hauling, planning and coordination needed to make this happen. Renters and Oyo’s are paying for a lake/river guide and experienced safety paddlers who will ensure that your trip is safe and that you receive instruction and support along the way. We will have supplies necessary to provide basic first aid on the river or lake. You will also have the opportunity to ride on the bus! For you OYO’s, there will also be a Dirty Minion to guard your gear after you drop it off – remember though, that the lifting, hauling, loading is on you unless you are going to tip the minions!

While we hope that everyone who plans to come on an adventure with us is able to make it, we understand that sometimes plans change. However, organizing and planning for adventures takes time and care thus we need a refund policy.

Dirty Girl Adventures 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. Watch your email for last minute notifications.

Equipment policy: You break it or lose it you buy it.

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Sign Up NOW for the June 17th River Run!

Check in at Eudora River Access: 1:45pm Don’t be late! We will leave our vehicles in Eudora and board the Dirty Bus to ride back to our start location in Lawrence.

OYO’s Gear Drop in Lawrence: 1:00pm Drop your gear and get yourself to Eudora for the ride on the Dirty Bus

Paddle from Lawrence: 2:30ish

Sign up now in the Dirty Shop

Cost:   Kayak/Equipment Use: Regular price $40 Club Member Price $30

OYO’s are SOLD OUT – OYO – Own your Own Price: Regular price $15 Member Price $10

Off River in Eudora no later than 8pm … give or take! The end time is dependent on the flow of the river and the group. Don’t plan on anything other than going with the flow post paddle.

Plan to bring: Water, food like DINNER, snacks, sun screen, water, bug spray, adult beverages, sun screen.

Wear: shorts, tank, t-shirt, swimsuit, water shoes or old tennis shoes – no flip flops

Details: We will send an email with details (map and directions) specific to the event a few days BEFORE June 17th.  All events are subject to the whims of Kansas Weather and the flow of the Mighty Kaw – we will make adjustments as needed to ensure your safety and the most enjoyable adventure possible.

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What are you paying for? Other than an AMAZINGLY GREAT time with a bunch of AWESOME people!!!???

Kayak Events: Use of a kayak, paddle, life jacket and all of the lifting, hauling, planning and coordination needed to make this happen. Renters and Oyo’s are paying for a lake/river guide and experienced safety paddlers who will ensure that your trip is safe and that you receive instruction and support along the way. We will have supplies necessary to provide basic first aid on the river or lake. You will also have the opportunity to ride on the bus! For you OYO’s, there will also be a Dirty Minion to guard your gear after you drop it off – remember though, that the lifting, hauling, loading is on you unless you are going to tip the minions!

While we hope that everyone who plans to come on an adventure with us is able to make it, we understand that sometimes plans change. However, organizing and planning for adventures takes time and care thus we need a refund policy.

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Dirty Girl Adventures 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. Watch your email for last minute notifications.

Equipment policy: You break it or lose it you buy it.

 

 

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Spring with the Dirty Girls has been FUN!

What have you been doing with your time? We’ve been going outside! Sometimes people ask us what we do in the “off season” and we wonder what they’re talking about… There is no off season!! We go outside all the time, it’s just a question of what we wear and how long we stay out!

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The Eagle Hike was beautiful.

In February we did two Eagle Hikes – it was BEAUTIFUL! We saw lots of eagles and enjoyed amazingly warm and sunny weather as well as some wonderful company on the trail. We hiked a three mile shoreline section of the Perry Lake Trail. 20170211_154030

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This Dirty Dude hiked the whole way – 3 Miles – on the Eagle Hike!

In March,we enjoyed two events. The Thunder Ridge Three Mile was awesome.

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The weather was wonderful and signs of spring were starting to pop. After the hike, we enjoyed time around the campfire and a tasty meal followed by S’Mores!  Yummy!

We actually had some cold weather and a bit of snow just in time for the March Madness Hike! It was a big fluffy snow.

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It was fairly warm and the snow made it beautiful! We enjoyed about 7 miles on the Perry Lake Trail.

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April first took us to the Kansas University Field Station Trails for our Fools Day Hike. We had a good day on the trail and professional photographer Heather O’Neal and a Dirty Girl brought her camera along and used her mad skills to document our morning!

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It was a gorgeous day on the trail with lush greens and new spring growth. The trail was also rich with good conversation, observation of nature and development of new and old friendships. Time in nature is always well spent and enriching in surprising ways.

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We have so enjoyed these wonderful adventures with you! It is so nice to share the time with each of you on the trail. Thanks so much for sharing our adventures this season.

We are looking forward to many more!

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Fools’ Day Hike!

Fools’ Day Hike

Join us on April 1st to explore the awesome trails at the KU Field Station! These trails are well maintained and cover some great Kansas terrain.

View from the Rockefeller Prairie Overlook

The Rockefeller Prairie is pretty awesome and the history is interesting – who knew we had a legacy from THE Rockefeller family right here at home!?

We will have the opportunity to hike and to learn a little more about the Kansas environment and prairie while we enjoy the view and the group. We’ll provide trail guides and support as well as information regarding the terrain, environment and surroundings encountered on the hike.

This five miles covers some prairie, some woodlands and includes the Ecology Field Station area with labeled trees and plants. It’s a working research area for the University of Kansas. Convenient bathrooms and signage add to the appeal of these trails. Generally these trails are beginner friendly with only a few challenging spots. Join us to explore and increase your knowledge of our ecosystem.

Cool Bee House at the Prairie

When we’re done hiking, we’ll head over to Johnny’s Tavern for post-hike fortification and socializing.

Check in at 8:30am

Event from approximately 9 – 11:30am

Deadline for sign up is March 31st!  So sign up NOW!!  $40 regular $30 member bring a friend! Dirty Dudes, Dirty Teens and Dirty Girls are all welcome!

You will receive a confirmation email with specific details and directions on March 30th.

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.

While we hope that everyone who plans to come on an adventure with us is able to make it, we understand that sometimes plans change. However, organizing and planning for adventures takes time and care thus we need a refund policy.

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 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.

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A Daring Adventure: Part Two

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” Helen Keller

Adventure can be defined as an exciting or unusual experience, a challenging undertaking, with an uncertain outcome, and I was super excited to be visiting the Grand Canyon in January 2017, accompanied by my dad and brother.  In Part I of A Daring Adventure, I shared with readers our planned adventure to hike an isolated back country trail, Hermit’s Trail.

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However, in the week prior to our arrival at the Grand Canyon, weather reports coming from Arizona indicated unseasonably cold weather as a winter storm hovered over the state.  This storm brought snow to the canyon…..a lot of snow!  More snow than the South Rim had seen in many years.

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A day before I was scheduled to fly to Phoenix, roads were closed, inside Grand Canyon National Park and outside.  Road conditions north of Flagstaff, Arizona, required chains.  Bus service within Grand Canyon Village was cancelled and the mule train to the bottom of the canyon was halted.

This didn’t sound good.  I had reservations about being so far from ranger service, isolated deep in the canyon on Hermit’s Trail. But I already had a plane ticket, and my dad and brother were leaving to drive to Arizona and meet me at the South Rim!

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I was going, no matter what, even if all I could do was stand on the Rim and observe the beauty around me!  A couple things reassured me.  We had been in touch with the back country park office, and were told that if our original plan to hike Hermit’s Trail wasn’t possible, they would help us make a different plan, and since we were visiting in the off season, there was a lot more flexibility in options.

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When we arrived at the Grand Canyon, I knew I had to let go of the original plan and idea I had for this adventure and embrace a new one.  There was snow everywhere!  Since Hermit’s Trail is not well used, it was likely our feet might be the first ones on the trail after the snow! That was more adventure than I wanted, and it would not be safe for us.

With the help of the Back Country Park Rangers, we decided to stick to the main corridor trails, primarily Bright Angel, which is well traveled, even with lots of snow.  We hiked 9 miles down the first day to set up camp at the bottom of the canyon at Bright Angel Campground, near Phantom Ranch.

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The trail near the South Rim was snow packed, and we used crampons to ensure we had traction, along with our hiking poles.  But at the bottom of the canyon, near the Colorado River, it was warmer and very comfortable camping weather.

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We camped at the bottom of the canyon for 2 nights, to give ourselves time to recover from the hike down, and to enjoy the warmer weather at the bottom of the canyon.  On our second day, this plan allowed us to hike north of the river, on North Kaibab Trail, which follows Bright Angel Creek, surrounded by the walls of the canyon.  For several miles, the North Kaibab Trail is relatively flat, until it climbs in elevation to Cottonwood Campground and on to the North Rim. We hiked out for several miles, and just enjoyed the views and the experience of being in this special place.  We saw only 6 people that day, along with a group of rangers monitoring the stream for fish.

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I sat on the edge of the stream, and listened to it gurgle, felt the sun on my back and was happy. My brother explored another trail, Clear Creek Trail, which provided views of Phantom Ranch and the Colorado River.

The third morning, we began hiking out, up Bright Angel Trail, to Indian Garden Campground.  We watched a helicopter deliver supplies into the canyon. We met and talked with kayakers on an 11 day adventure down the Colorado River and watched a group of explorers repel down a side canyon.

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At Indian Garden, we explored the camp area, and were one of only 3 groups camping there that night.  Needless to say, the accomadations were great; no crowds, and easy access to the bathrooms and water.  The ranger stationed at this campground shared extra sleeping bags with us and we had free access to a small library of books regarding the history of the area!  It was Dirty Girl camping at its finest!

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We got an early start on the fourth morning, knowing that the hike up to the Rim would be difficult and take a long time, with the last few miles being snow packed.

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What keeps drawing me back to the Grand Canyon?  I’ve been there three times, and I know I will visit this epic place as many times as I can throughout the rest of my life.  It’s not just that the canyon is beautiful, it’s about the experience of adventure.  On this trip, I learned to embrace the uncertainty that comes with planning an adventure in the off season and I learned to be flexible regarding those plans. The need to change our plans and be open to a different adventure gave us gifts we did not expect.

Life IS a daring adventure, and adventure makes our lives richer. What lessons and gifts will YOUR next adventure bring you?  Get out there and find out.  As for me, Hermit’s Trail will have to wait for my next visit to the Grand Canyon, but you can bet I am already planning it!

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March Events Open for Registration

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Sign up now for one or both of our March hiking events! The Thunder Ridge Three Mile is a short but awesome trail and the price includes lunch and time around the campfire with the Dirty Tribe! March Madness is an 8 mile trek on the Perry Lake Trail. We’ll build the campfire and you can bring your lawn chair, lunch and beverages to chillax post hike. Choose one or both for some great adventure in March! Click the blue links to visit the Dirty Shop for registration.

The Thunder Ridge Three Mile is Saturday March 4th, 2017 Check in time 8:30am with our hike start 9am.

This is a great intro to hiking in Northeast Kansas. The Thunder Ridge trail has some great woodland scenery, a great rock ledge, some steep inclines and declines, rocky, uneven surfaces and pasture sections. That said, it’s a great hike! Bring your friends, bring your kids, come outside with us!

 

This hike is located at Lake Perry Kansas within Slough Creek Campground area off of Ferguson Road. We will provide details to registrants on Monday March 27th. We will start and end at our Dirty Girl Basecamp for the day with time around the fire. Bring your lawn chair and beverages of your choice to go with lunch! We’ll decide the menu based on the weather – think campfire food!

 

Price includes your lunch which, regardless of the menu will be delicious!

Club Price: $30, Regular Price: $40, Youth Price: $10

What are you paying for? Trail support, instruction, guide, environmental information, fire, food and fun! Refund policy: We will refund your full payment up to Saturday February 25th – after that it’s too late, we will have been shopping for lunch!

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March Madness! Saturday March 11th, Check in time is 8:30am. Join us for 8 miles on the Perry Lake Trail! We will load the bus no later than 9am and should be hiking by 9:15ish! Plan for a late lunch around the fire around 1:30pm or so…. snacks for energy along the way are highly recommended!

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Join us to hike 8 Miles on the PLT (Perry Lake Trail). We will choose a section of this 29 mile trail to enjoy with you. This trail includes difficult, technical trail with steep inclines/declines. We’ll choose a great section of our favorite long hiking trail that will afford great views, solid challenges and a great basecamp for socializing around the fire at the end.  $40 regular $30 member $20 Youth

We will meet at our basecamp for the day so you can bring your cooler full of lunch and your lawn chair for post hike handiness! We’ll hop the Dirty Bus and ride to our start location then hike back to basecamp for time around the fire and social time with our Dirty Tribe.  This hike is going to be awesome, it is great practice and exposure to the Perry Lake Trail. If you are planning to “Go All the Way” in October this will be a great practice hike.

What are you paying for… Trail guide, coordination, information, trail support, bus ride, lead and sweep hikers for trail safety, fire, connection, eco info about our area!

Please know that we will hike in cold, snowy conditions – layer up and come on out. We will cancel if there is a risk of severe weather or if we judge the trail conditions to be dangerous. Otherwise, we’re hiking! 😀

Refund Policy – We will provide a full refund to you up until March 5th!

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A DARING ADVENTURE: Part One

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” Helen Keller

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When I set out to visit the Grand Canyon for the third time, I wanted to go on a daring adventure, to visit a part of the Canyon that I had never been to, the path less traveled.  Knowing I would be accompanied by my father and my brother, both experienced hikers and lifelong outdoorsmen, I was brave enough to make a plan for backpacking a back country trail in January!

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I researched trail conditions, weather, water sources and chose Hermit’s Trail for several reasons.  It begins at a slightly lower elevation on the western edge of the South Rim, making it less likely to have snow. Initial portions of the trail are westerly facing, making it more available to sunshine (to melt the snow we might encounter).  Hermit’s Trail is a back country trail and in January, we were likely to encounter very few people, which appealed to the hermit in me!

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Hermit’s Trail would also give us access to see two of the Canyon’s most famous white water rapids, Hermit Rapids and Granite Rapids.  At times, these rapids are so powerful, you can hear their roar from the rim of the Canyon.  We would also be able to see remnants of one of the first luxury camps below the rim, built by Santa Fe Railway in 1911, closed in 1930.

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Hermit’s Trail would take us along the Tonto Platform, which is a plateau at an elevation between the Canyon floor and the Rim.  This would give us great views of the Colorado River and the colorful canyon walls surrounding us.

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I did have some worries going into this adventure.  I felt I wasn’t in great condition and I had gained some weight since my last adventure in the Canyon. I was also worried about the weather, knowing that temperatures in the Canyon can vary greatly from the South Rim to the bottom of the Canyon.  Typically, during January, temperatures on the South Rim will be as low as 20 degrees, with a high of 40 degrees and inner canyon lows around 33 degrees with a possible high of 60 degrees. I also knew it was likely we would encounter snow and bitter cold on the South Rim at this time of year.  I wanted to be sure I had enough clothes, and food and water and warmth but I had to be cautious in loading my pack!  Weight adds up fast and I did NOT want to carry a 60lb pack out of the canyon!

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I pushed past these worries and tried to plan for all conditions and situations.  I chose to embrace the definition of adventure as an exciting or unusual experience, a challenging undertaking, with an uncertain outcome. Uncertainty can be hard for me sometimes, not knowing what will happen or how it will turn out.

In Part Two, I will tell you about the lessons in adventure that I learned in the Canyon, and how my adventure really turned out!

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Join us for the Dirty Girl Get Away!

Join us April 21st through April 23rd at Camp White on beautiful Council Grove Reservoir in the Flint Hills of Kansas.
Roll into Camp between 4 and 6pm Friday afternoon and stay through Sunday afternoon. (You may want to ride with a friend and make a few stops along the way to Camp White!)

We will sleep in bunkbeds in shared dormitory rooms within a cabin, just like summer camp – only better! You will need to bring your bedding and personal items but everything else is included.

This weekend will be one to remember! We will challenge you to learn some new skills, make new friends, relax and refresh your spirit and enjoy hiking, kayaking and great food!

This adventure includes 6 meals, lodging and amazing programing designed to both challenge and replenish your adventurous spirits! You might be tired at the end of the weekend but it will be a good kind of tired.

  • Friday evening we will start with some exploration, enjoy dinner together, watch the sunset and create a one of a kind piece of art to take home.
  • Saturday will be a FULL day of ADVENTURE! We will enjoy time on the ROPES Challenge Course (don’t let this scare you, it is Challenge by Choice – you might be surprised what you accomplish surrounded by encouragement and support), learn to navigate with a compass – building your Orienteering skills with plenty of practice opportunity, kayaking on Council Grove Reservoir, explore the grounds of Camp White, relax and reflect and navigate the Labyrinth (The labyrinth is a walking meditation, a path of prayer, a mindfully focused walk. Unlike a maze where you lose your way, the labyrinth is a spiritual tool that can help you find your way.)

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  • Sunday we will enjoy breakfast together, pack our gear up and then head to the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve for an awesome hike (long and short hikes are available to accommodate all levels). From there you will travel home at your own pace.
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Photo by Alba Mora during Dirty Girl Camp 2016

This will be an epic adventure. Sign up to challenge yourself, to invest in your own personal growth and adventure to refuel and recharge for a more adventurous life.

Sign up now in the Dirty Shop! 

 

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