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Garden of the Gods Women’s Backpacking

October 9, 2021 @ 10:00 am - October 11, 2021 @ 12:00 pm UTC-5

$250.00 – $275.00
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Garden of the Gods Women’s Backpacking Adventure 

Join us for a beginner/intermediate level adventure in one of our favorite places, Garden of the Gods in Herod, Illinois! We will begin the trip Saturday morning meet at 10am in the campground area of Garden of the Gods. We will hike the 1/2 mile observation loop then caravan our cars to the backpackers parking lot, do gear shakedown and begin our hike to the backcountry area. We will be hiking the 15 mile Buzzard’s Loop- hike in Saturday late afternoon, full day Sunday, hike out Monday morning, trip is done by noon on Monday.

*More specific details will be given closer to the event.

*Optional Friday Night Camping:  Your guides will be camping in Pharaoh Campgrounds on Friday evening. All who chose this option will be invited to join Blair and Darlene for an evening of socializing around the campfire. The car camping area is first come first served so we will do our best to get a site that has open sites close by so we can be close to the group.

This car/tent camping choice is not included in your DNK registration and needs to be set up on your own. We hope to see you there!


Date: Saturday Oct. 9-11th (optional Friday the 8th night camp out!) *Note trip ends Monday Oct. 11th by 12pm

Meeting Time: 10am Saturday Oct. 9th


Garden of the Gods Recreation Area, Herod, IL 62947

Cost: $250.00 per person Early Bird, $275.00 after Aug. 1st

Cost does not include: Transportation to & from Garden of the Gods Recreation Area, fees incurred from expenses leading up to the event, fees for the optional Friday night camp out in the park and meals, Saturday lunch, snacks 

Cost does include: 2 professionally trained women guides, group meals, meals included: Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast, lunch, dinner and Monday breakfast, group gear (water filtration, cook stove, etc), camping fees, permit fees, insurance, special gift from DNK Presents

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Meet Your Guides: Check them out on our team page too!

Darlene Patterson

Darlene Patterson DNK Presents Guide
Darlene Patterson DNK Presents Guide

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 Dietrick

Blair Dietrick DNK Presents Guide
Blair Dietrick DNK Presents Guide

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 Garden of the Gods Women’s Backpacking:

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!


*Sleeping Bag

*Sleeping Pad

*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)


Insect Repellent


Gators (for shoes – optional)

Trekking poles (optional)

Sunburn Preventative

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)

Extra socks

Rain Gear (jacket, poncho, rain pants)


Band-Aids’, other First Aide items you may need (DNK has First Aid Kit)

Personal items

*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 Garden of the Gods, check out the link here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/shawnee/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=10685&actid=51 


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 danielle@dnkpresents.com


Creating Safe Spaces:

Our events through DNK Presents are 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!


October 9, 2021 @ 10:00 am UTC-5
October 11, 2021 @ 12:00 pm UTC-5
$250.00 – $275.00
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Garden of the Gods Recreation Area
Herod, IL 62947 United States
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