Backpack the entire 42 mile Tecumseh Trail with us September 9-12th
Join DNK Presents as we take you on a women’s only guided trip of the entire Tecumseh Trail in Central Indiana. The entire Tecumseh Trail is 42 miles that begins in Morgan-Monroe State Forest and ends on the southern boarder of Yellowwood State Forest and where Hoosier National Forest begins. We will arrange shuttles to drive you to your vehicles when you finish the trip. Depending on the day you will hike approximately 8-13 miles each day to complete the trip on Sunday September 12th. The terrain is rugged and there are severe elevation gains and losses as well as creek crossings.
Since this is an advanced trip at minimum some knowledge of backpacking is required. On the trip you will make food in the backcountry with dehydrated meals, filter water, make fire, hang food, read a map, and so much more! If you have questions on whether this trip is for you please contact us, we hope you will join us for this awesome wilderness adventure we have planned!
Note: This is an advanced trip, it is highly recommended that you have some previous backpacking, hiking and/or camping experience before committing. The terrain is rugged, you will have over 3600 feet of elevation gain and loss, there are multiple creek crossings, there are no showers, bathrooms, etc. along the trail. After this trip you will have a solid working knowledge of backpacking and have completed a through hike!
Adventure begins Thursday September 9th meet at Morgan-Monroe State Forest Tecumseh Trailhead (shuttle to Yellowwood State Forest/Hoosier National Forest boundary)
Adventure ends Sunday September 12th Morgan-Monroe State Forest
Dehydrated meals will be provided for the trip, you will be required to carry your food with your food partner (most food are 2 servings) Make sure to have some room open in your backpacks for meals. We can accommodate most food allergies if we know far enough in advance. For this longer trip we do require 60 days notice of any food allergies or restrictions so we can make arrangements for the meal plan.
Where: Tecumseh Trail – Morgan-Monroe State Forest area into boarder Hoosier National Forest area, Central Indiana
When: Sept. 9-12th
Cost does not include: Transportation to & from meeting location, fees incurred from expenses leading up to the event, snacks, Thursday lunch, water filteration system (personal)
Cost does include: 2 professionally trained women guides, group meals, meals included: Thursday dinner, Friday breakfast, lunch, dinner, Saturday breatkfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday breakfast, group gear, permit fees, insurance, special gift from DNK Presents
Other important info:
*If you are an hour or more late for the start time of the trip you will forfeit your spot for the adventure and will not receive a refund.
*You will need your own water filtering device for this trip. This is different from our usual backpack trips
*Communication will be done through email for this trip from Candicehbaggett@gmail.com, Blairdietrick@gmail.com and Danielle@dnkpresents.com, you will receive more trip details and information closer to the event date, please do not comment on Facebook posts about this trip, the best way to get all the details is through email, thank you!
Meet your Guides:
Candice Baggett grew up on a horse farm in Central Indiana and has always felt most at home outside. Her first backpacking trip was in the pouring rain sometime in the mid 90’s giving her a rather optimistic attitude about wet conditions. Professionally, she has worked as a piano teacher in both private settings and public schools for over 20 years.
In 2015 she completed her 200-hour registered yoga teacher certification through Peace Through Yoga and also teaches Paddleboard Yoga. Candice lives on the Northwest side of Indianapolis near Eagle Creek Park where you may find her on the water, running trails, walking her dog or biking Circle drive.
Registered Yoga Teacher RYT-200, Wilderness First Aid, American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification, SUP Yoga Instructor
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.
*DNK Presents can provide the * gear listed below on a first come first serve basis, sign up soon to reserve any gear if you need it.
*Tent or hammock
*Camp stove fuel
*Camp stove, Jet Boil etc.
Gear list and recommended clothing to bring:
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)
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.