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Intro to Backpacking Workshop

Come one come all to learn some basics to backpacking in this free workshop taking place at our favorite local outfitter Rusted Moon in Broad Ripple. In this free workshop we (Danielle and Kate) and our other adventure guides will go over what we carry on a typical backpacking trip. We’ll bring in our own backpacks and show you exactly what’s inside ours, go over our favorite brands, must haves for us, and how we pack our equipment and keep our gear long lasting. In this session we will particularly focus on our gear for our Women’s Backpacking Adventure in The Big South Fork taking place Nov. 9-11. The Big South Fork has breathtaking rock features that are unlike most places in the world. We will explore the rugged trails, see the famous Twin Arches, hike to Slave Falls and camp alongside beautiful creek beds. We hope you’ll join us to learn more about backpacking and why we love it SO much!

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A Woman’s Period Story from the Backcountry

Have your period with confidence on your next adventure and see what feminine hygiene products are best for you and your body.

It was my first real backpacking experience with my wonderful partner but not yet wife at the time Kate, we made plans to hike in Deam Wilderness, part of Hoosier National Forest in Central Indiana. The first night we drove down after work and car camped next to the trailhead so we could get an early start on the backcountry trail the next morning. We set up camp, had some veggie dogs over the fire and lay down under the star filled sky. Nestled in our tent we fell asleep easily.

The next morning we woke to the sounds of the birds chirping, gently waking us from a peaceful slumber in the forest. I quickly realized their was something else that was waking me up, I let out a sigh as I came to the realization that my period had decided it was real comfortable in the woods too– funny how it always seems so show up at those special moments in life! Luckily I had a stash of tampons in the car so I was prepared, until I wasn’t prepared. We started out on the hike and I ended up forgetting that tampon stash. Realizing this on our hike to the backcountry where there was no sign of any women’s hygiene products for miles and miles, what was I to do? Sit on a moss patch for the rest of the weekend?

That is when Kate said, “Why don’t you use the Diva Cup”?

Diva Cup? At first I thought she was referring to a Diana Ross megaphone. “What the hell is a Diva Cup?”

I was astonished at this product Kate was describing but had NEVER heard anything like it before, probably because women don’t talk about feminine hygiene products since it’s something still considered so taboo.

I ended up surviving my period in the woods and went home to our natural food store in town and bought my first Diva Cup and honestly my first few experiences were far from life-changing. We only have one bathroom in our Broad Ripple bungalow and Kate more than once had to run outside to pee in the backyard because I couldn’t get the damn thing out of my vagina. Feeling defeated I was leaning one foot on top of the toilet the other bending down trying to get a good angle; I had flashes of blood splattering across our white bathroom and shower curtain, or even worse, going to an urgent care and having a stranger digging the Cup out of me! Needless to say for me anyways there was definitely a learning curve. My advice; don’t be afraid to dig deep, the yogi squat position is your friend, and breathe. Also, there are different brands that are for different shapes because as we know ladies we are not all the same shape and size so please shop around when looking for your next moon cycle product. I’ve listed some more products below for you to check out.

 

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One of the things I love about Diva cups or any type of period cup is how much waste I am now eliminating. According to the Diva Cup website the average woman uses 300-420 tampons/pads per year and spends $100-$225 on these items. Plus many tampons and pads contain harmful ingredients such as surfactants, adhesives and more, if this is harmful to the environment then why the hell are we putting these things inside our bodies?! Not to mention toxic shock syndrome.

Another super benefit I love is that now that I use the Cup my cycle is shorter, yes ladies it’s real and it happens to many women who switch from tampons to a Cup. Why? When we are shoving a condensed cotton tube into our vagina how exactly is that allowing our period to “flow”? Easy answer, it’s not, it is stopping the flow and not allowing our cycle to naturally release. When you use cups or other similar products your period literally flows out of you. I went from a 6-7 day period to a 3-4 day and many of my friends have also experienced this! Can we say life change?!

Despite the disruption that can happen when Aunt Flow decides to show up remember ladies having your period means we are healthy women, so let’s make the most of this time. Check out the links I have below on some of my favorite non-tampon moon cycle products that are more environmentally friendly, healthy, and safe. Let us know what your favorites are!

 

Diva Cup – http://divacup.com/

Me Luna – https://meluna-usa.com/

Ruby Cup – http://rubycup.com/

*There are several more, these are a few that me or my friends have used!

 

Other products we love:

THINX – https://www.shethinx.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIg4CugraG3QIVw8DACh0b0g4eEAAYASAAEgIPSPD_BwE

Go with the flow – https://animosa.co/go-with-your-flow-1/

 

What is your favorite period product? Why do you love it so much? Let us know so we can share with our outdoor women’s community!

 

Note: I am not an OBGYN nor do I play one on this blog. I am a wilderness guide, owner of an adventure company, DNK Presents, and avid outdoors-woman. I have tried a lot of period products in and outside the backcountry on many adventures near and far. I hope this article helps you whether you are taking your first outdoor adventure and have always wondered about what to do when your period comes or simply wanting to try and find other options for your feminine hygiene needs. #KeepBleeding #PeriodProducts

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DNK Presents Women's Backpacking

Women’s Beginner Backpack Adventure

Get your hiking boots  for this super chill backpacking adventure this summer! This is a beginner backpacking trip perfect for getting a taste for what backpacking is like or dusting off your hiking boots and getting back outdoors if you haven’t been in a while and of course meeting some amazing women! Lead guide Katy Williams will guide you along the Low Gap and Tecumseh trail to the backcountry area, you will set up camp, then hike to Bear Lake and learn about filtering water in the backcountry. You’ll hike back to the backcountry area, make dinner by the campfire that evening and learning more about taking your own backpacking adventure.

Total miles hiked during weekend about 10 miles along the Low Gap and Tecumseh trail.

Backpack food provided Saturday evening and breakfast Sunday morning. You will need to have had breakfast before arriving and pack a sandwich for Saturday afternoon!

DNK Presents can provide on a first come first serve basis:

Tent (shared 2 person)

Backpack 65 liters  ***We are now out of backpacks for this trip

Sleeping Pad

Sleeping Bag

Cookware including fuel

Mess kit

 

Gear list and recommended clothing:

Tent or hammock

Flashlight/headlamp

Extra batteries (for headlamp)

Camp stove, Jet Boil etc.

Pan or pot for cooking

Camp stove fuel

Matches or lighter

“Mess kit” i.e. plate, bowl, fork, spoon, knife

Instant coffee packets or tea if you need this

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)

Swim Suit (suitable for lake i.e. not your brand new one!)

2 filled water bottles (64 oz. total) or water or hydration bladder filled (2 liters at least)

Whistle

Insect Repellent

Hat

Gators (for shoes – optional)

Trekking poles (optional)

Sunburn Preventative

Bathroom “kit” another 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

We ask that you carry any medications you may need. Please notify us of any known allergies, medications or medical conditions your guides should be aware of. 

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Women's Backpacking DNK Presents

Wild Women’s Backpack Overnight

Hello wild women backpackers! This is the first DNK Present’s women’s backpacking of the summer and we are headed to a beautiful section of the Tecumseh trail in Central Indiana. This is an Intermediate to Advanced hike, the trail is rugged with switch backs and tough terrain. It is an out and back trail, you will hike 8-9 miles in and 8-9 miles out the next day starting in Yellowwood State Forest. DNK Presents guides will go over and practice Leave No Trace ethics, how to prepare meals in the backcountry, filter water, make fire and do it along side our favorite outdoor backcountry women! Grab your boots, your best friends and meet us in the wilderness! DNK Presents will provide meals, water filteration system, mess kit, etc. Some rental gear is available for you on a first come first serve basis, sign up ASAP if you want in on this adventure! 

If you have questions please contact us hello@dnkpresents.com  

Itinerary:

9am meet in Yellowwood State Forest

10am Begin hike into the backcountry along Tecumseh Trail

4pm Arrive at the backcountry area campsite

Make dinner, share stories that evening around the campfire, learn to how to hang food, make fire, hunt bear, whittle swords, etc!

7:30am wake up, make breakfast, stretch!

4pm Arrive back at the parking lot, celebrate!

 

Equipment DNK Presents can provide on a first come first serve basis: 

Backpack

Sleeping Bag

Sleeping Pad

Tent (2 person)

Headlamp

Trowel

Backcountry cookware

*Food is provided for everyone (dinner Saturday, breakfast Sunday, lunch Sunday). All of the backpacking food is vegetarian, we can accommodate for most food allergies if we are notified far enough in advance.

The full gear list for the weekend below.

 

Gear list and recommended clothing:

Tent or hammock (we can also provide)

Flashlight/headlamp

Extra batteries for flashlight/headlamp

Snacks/Extra food

Extra Clothes, Layers (dry fit, wool or technical – cotton is NOT recommended because once it gets wet it stays wet)

2 filled water bottles (Nalgene size 32 oz. at least or 64 oz. total) OR water bladder ***Come with it filled

Whistle

Insect Repellent

Hat

Gators (for shoes – optional)

Trekking poles (optional)

Sunburn Preventative

Hand Sanitizer

Plastic or zip lock baggies for storage of small items

Bathroom “Kit” – zip lock bag, wipes – you may want to duck tape the outside of your waste bag or use a dark bag

Baby wipes or face wipes

Zip lock bags for small items

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) – Always a good idea even if the forecast does not call for it

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

Personal items

 
Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures, kill nothing but time.
 
Please contact Danielle at 812-449-6134 or email danielle@dnkpresents.com with questions
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DNK Presents Live Adventurously

Film Showcasing Transformative Women’s Outdoor Adventure Distributed Globally

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 22, 2018

Contact: Kate Shepherd

317-442-1674

Kate@KateShepherdCommunications.com

 

Film Showcasing Transformative Women’s Outdoor Adventure Distributed Globally

DNK Presents’ Documentary Now on IndieFlix

 

(INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA) – The acclaimed documentary film “Live Adventurously” is now available on IndieFlix for viewers around the world to enjoy. “Live Adventurously” is featured on the front page of the IndieFlix website in the “Recently Added” category and other areas of the streaming platform.

 

The film from outdoor adventure company DNK Presents follows the riveting journey of the four Indiana women who won the inaugural DNK Presents’ Women’s Adventure Giveaway and took part in a four-day backcountry adventure.

 

The film focuses on the fears, determination and ultimate victories of the strangers during the uplifting outdoor adventure guided by DNK Presents’ Founders Danielle Wolter Nolan and Kate Nolan. The women left as friends who had shared an empowering journey.

 

“We are thrilled that a larger audience will get to see this film and be touched by the stories of these strong, compassionate women,” said DNK Co-Founder Danielle Wolter Nolan. “To have the film available on IndieFlix can only bring more attention to the beauty of the great outdoors and how adventure can transform your life.”

 

The 2016 contest winners were picked from a pool of more than 60 compelling nominations of women in need of adventure. The winners and stars of the film are Michele Lorbieski Anderson, Candice Baggett, Ali Lemberg and Kelsey Steuer.

 

The film follows the women as they surrendered their cell phones, backpacked through the rugged wilderness, mountain biked over hills and came across other surprises during the life changing journey.

 

“An inspiring look into the stories of these women and a great showcase of female empowerment!” said IndieFlix Acquisitions/Ingestion Manager Christopher Drdla about “Live Adventurously.”

 

The trip was a once in a life-time experience.

 

“I would say one of the coolest things about this whole experience has been getting to know the other women,” participant Ali Lemberg said about the adventure. “People that didn’t even know each other were a team, had each other’s backs, felt the love and championed each other’s victory. It was such a victory for all of us.”

 

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About DNK Presents

DNK Presents organizes and guides empowering adventure retreats for individuals, groups and businesses. Founders Danielle Wolter Nolan and Kate Nolan focus on getting people to step outside their comfort zones, try something for the first time, and in turn gain confidence through experiential learning and adventures. DNK Presents founded and hosts an unprecedented event each year, the Live Adventurously, Women’s Adventure Giveaway. This event is a chance for people to nominate a woman in their life to win a customized, extended backcountry adventure weekend guided by Danielle and Kate.

 

About IndieFlix

IndieFlix Group Inc is a global screening and streaming service that promotes and supports social impact films to create positive change in the world. IndieFlix screening service books offline community screenings in schools, corporations, and communities around the world while IndieFlix streaming offers a monthly subscription based service to access thousands of high-quality shorts, features, documentaries, and series. https://www.indieflix.com

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Rock Climbing Outdoor Trip

Have you been rock climbing for a while but have just been in the gym? Are you wanting to take your skills outside but don’t know where to go, what to bring or where to start? We have the perfect weekend for you! Welcome to our weekend outdoor rock climbing adventure trip to the Red River Gorge in Slade Kentucky. You will be with guides, Chelsea Willis and Ali Solomon going to entire new area of the Gorge, I’ll give you a hint, it’s beautiful, challenging, and you will go through a tunnel to get there. 

Camping is included both Friday and Saturday night at Miguel’s

Schedule:

Saturday, May 19th

7:30am Leave for North Gorge (wall announced when you sign up)

Climb all day packing in lunches, water, snacks

5-6pm Arrive back at Miguels for Pizza

Sunday May 20th

Hike in the Gorge or half day climbing

*Helmets are included

*Climbing harness, shoes, belay device are NOT included

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Women's Backpacking DNK Presents

Wild Women’s Backpack Weekend

Join us for our beginning/moderate women’s backpacking 2-night adventure! We are so excited to offer the full weekend backpack experience so you can enjoy the wilderness and learn even more! This is a beginner to moderate backpack trip. For the weekend you will hike a total of 10 miles along the rugged Tecumseh trail, despite what you may think about Indiana being flat this trail is not, you will hike up and down with a little over 600 ft. of elevation gain and loss. Equipment is provided at no additional charge on a first come first serve basis.

Weekend Summary: You will meet your guide Friday May 4th by 5pm at the Low Gap Trail parking lot in Morgan-Monroe State Forest, and hike in and stay close to the parking lot that evening to camp. Saturday morning you will pack and up hike about 7-8 miles along the rugged Tecumseh trail to the backcountry camping area, the next day you will hike out the about 2-3 mile back to the parking lot to complete the low gap trail loop.

Equipment DNK Presents can provide on a first come first serve basis:
Backpack
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad
Tent (2 person)
Headlamp
Trowel
Backcountry cookware
*Dehydrated backpacking food is provided for everyone (Dinner Friday, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Saturday, breakfast Sunday). All of the backpacking food is vegetarian, we can accommodate for most food allergies if we are notified far enough in advance.
The full gear list for the weekend below.Gear list and recommended clothing:
Tent or hammock (we can also provide)
Flashlight/headlamp
Extra batteries for flashlight/headlamp
Snacks/Extra food
Extra Clothes, Layers (dry fit, wool or technical – cotton is NOT recommended because once it gets wet it stays wet)
2 filled water bottles (Nalgene size 32 oz. at least or 64 oz. total) OR water bladder ***Come with it filled
Whistle
Insect Repellent
Hat
Gators (for shoes – optional)
Trekking poles (optional)
Sunburn Preventative
Hand Sanitizer
Plastic or zip lock baggies for storage of small items, and storage of trash or waste
Bathroom “Kit” – zip lock bag, wipes – you may want to duck tape the outside of your waste bag or use a dark bag
Baby wipes or face wipes
Ziplock bags for small items
Camp shoes (cheap pair of flip-flops to wear when we get to the campsite area)
Hiking boots (highly recommended)
Extra socks
Rain Gear (jacket, poncho, rain pants) – Always a good idea even if the forecast does not call for it
Band-Aids’, other First Aide items you may need (DNK has First Aid Kit)
Personal items

Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures, kill nothing but time.
Please contact Danielle at 812-449-6134 or email danielle@dnkpresents.com with questions
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Skunkworks Racing Mountain Bike Clinic

Hello women of The Skunkworks Racing Team! Last year we coached you and others in Chicago now we are so excited to take to you our neck of the woods, Brown County State Park! With this day clinic you will get the skills you need to take your riding to the next level. We are excited to guide and coach you on our newest and most advanced and fun trails in Brown County, this means lots of riding and sessioning on the trails in the park together. We will teach you the skills on how to confidently conquer rocks and roots as well as learning the proper technique of getting sweet air on the awesome downhill Hobbs Hollow trail.

*This clinic is only for the Skunkworks Racing Team out of Chicago, if you want a private clinic with your and your team or your best friends let us know and we would be happy to organize an event for you!

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Tree Planting Hike

Join us for our partnered Wild Walk with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. We will take a hike through Ellenbarger Park on the east side of Indianapolis and then plant a native tree to Indiana, the Kentucky Coffeetree. The Kentucky Coffeetree is not as well know as other native trees in the area. We are so excited to have Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s own arborist, Molly Wilson with us. She will point out other trees in the park and share some ideas on how we can be more sustainable to the trees and growth of native trees in Indiana to keep our city and state thriving in nature. We hope you will join us on this educational and super fun hike!

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Children's Mt. Bike Clinic

Kid’s Mountain Bike Clinic

Join us for another Kid’s Mountain Bike Clinic at Flat Fork Creek Park in Fishers, IN. We will cover the basic skills to get your children feeling more confident to take on their next mountain bike adventure! The second half of the clinic we will head to the awesome trail system at Flat Fork Creek All levels are welcome, we hope your little ones will join us for an awesome day in the park!

Ages: 7-13

Your child will need to have their own bike, and helmet for the clinic.

UPDATE: You will sign up for the clinic on Fisher’s Park and Recreation website not on the DNK Presents’ website. When you are on the website type in “mountain bike” in the search box on the upper right hand area and the 3 mountain bike clinics will be listed. Please reach out if you have any questions!

Sign up herewww.fishers.in.us/DNKyouth

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