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Backpacking Series: Intro to Backpacking
May 1 @ 10:00 am - May 2 @ 1:00 pm UTC-5$159.00
“Intro to Backpacking” is part of the Backpacking Series of 3 events taking place this spring in Indiana.
The Backpacking Series: “Intro to Backpacking in Shades State Park” will be a great opportunity to go on an introductory backpacking trip in beautiful Shades State Park and learn the basics of backpacking with other like minded women!
This overnight will be an opportunity to try out your backpacking gear and explore beautiful Shades State Park. We will start off with a hike (without packs!) in Pine Hills Nature Preserve. Then we will hike with our backpacks to the backcountry campground. We will focus on camp skills such as tent building, fire starting, water filtration, and food storage.
Date: May 1-2
Meeting Time: 10am
Shades State Park
Pine Hills Nature Preserve parking lot
Cost: $159.00 per person
Cost does not include: Transportation to & from Shades State Park, park entrance fee, fees incurred from expenses leading up to the event, Saturday lunch, snacks
Cost does include: 2 professionally trained women guides, group meals, meals included: Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast, group gear (water filtration, cook stove, etc), camping fees for one night at Shades State Park, campfire wood, permit fees, insurance, special gift from DNK Presents
“Intro to Backpacking” is part of a Backpacking Series of 3 events.
What’s in your Pack – Workshop day event $12.00 per person
Intro to Backpacking – Overnight backpacking trip in Shades State Park $159.00 per person
Beginner Backpacking – Overnight (with an option for a Friday night camp out as well) along the Knobstone Trail at Delaney Creek Park $199.00 per person
Total for all three events: $370.00 – save $30 when you sign up for all three! Use code Save30
*Sign up for two events receive $20 off with code Save20
*Sign up for all three events receive $30 off with code Save30 Regular Price: $370.00, Discounted Price: $340.00
Meet Your Guides: Check them out on our team page too!
Darlene Patterson’s outdoor experiences are extensive and varied. By canoe, they include thru-paddling the 740-miles of the Northern Forest Canoe trail (in 28.5 days), paddling a dugout canoe on the Amazon river in Peru, and working summers as a guide/instructor at the Voyageur Outward Bound school near Ely, MN. There have been 3 trips exploring above the arctic circle (both in Canada and Norway), as well as backpacking on trails that include the Appalachian Trail, Red River Gorge, and the Knobstone Trail.
When safely tucked back into life in central Indiana, her days are spent teaching art in an elementary school and making work in her Patterson Pottery studio.
Blair has hiked the Triple Crown (Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, & Continental Divide Trail) as well as various other trails including the Teton Crest Trail, Lost Coast Trail, an Arizona Trail section hike, & the Camino de Santiago (French Route). She has also rock climbed in public lands across Utah & California and canoed in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota. Her certifications include Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace Master Educator, & S212 Wildland Fire (Chainsaw).
She has worn various hats in the outdoor industry including trail worker, welder, logger, cook, carpenter, mechanic, gear shop employee & tree worker. Currently Blair is back home working for the family business and building out her ‘92 Ford Club Wagon on the weekends. When not working or playing outside, Blair enjoys reading, road & mountain biking, & spending time with her Chihuahua, Zelda Mae.
Gear list and recommended clothing:
Gear with a * is available and included in your cost on a first come first serve basis! Sign up early if you need this gear so we can accommodate your needs!
*2 – person shared Tent
*Camp stove fuel
*Camp stove, Jet Boil etc.
Hammock (if you do not have a tent)
Pan or pot for cooking
Extra batteries (for headlamp)
Matches or lighter
“Mess kit” i.e. plate, bowl, fork, spoon, knife
Instant coffee packets or tea if you like
Snacks/Extra food (standard fruit i.e., apples, oranges are NOT recommended because they are heavy and there is waste, trial mix, granola bars, etc. are better)
Extra clothes, layers (dry fit, wool or technical – cotton is NOT recommended because once it gets wet it stays wet)
2 filled water bottles (64 oz. total) or water or hydration bladder filled (2 liters at least)
Gators (for shoes – optional)
Trekking poles (optional)
Bathroom “kit” large zip lock bag, or dark zip lock bag, wipes, hand sanitizer, trowels will be available
Baby wipes or face wipes
Zip lock bags for small items
Large Zip lock bags and/or plastic bags for carrying out your trash
Camp shoes (cheap pair of flip flops to wear when we get to the camp site area)
Hiking boots (highly recommended)
Rain Gear (jacket, poncho, rain pants)
Band-Aids’, other First Aide items you may need (DNK has First Aid Kit)
*DNK Presents provides if you have requested on a first come first serve basis
We ask that you carry any medications you may need. Please notify us of any known allergies food or otherwise, medications or medical conditions your guides should be aware of.
To learn more about Shades State Park, check out the link here: https://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2970.htm
If there is another lock down or code red situation we will reschedule the workshop and a full refund or trip transfer will be available to you.
We will be reaching out to participants before the weekend and asking if you have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has had COVID-19 related symptoms, or if you are experiencing or have in the past 14 days experienced COVID-19 related symptoms. If answering “yes” to any of these questions you will be asked to not join the workshop.
*If you have any questions regarding our procedures that are being taken to keep you safe and healthy please feel free to email Danielle at email@example.com
Creating Safe Spaces:
The Backpacking Series is focused on creating a safe space for women and empowering more women to feel more comfortable and confident in the outdoors. If you are a woman or a person who identifies as female you are welcome to join us!