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Women's Backpacking DNK Presents

Women’s Backpacking Low Gap Trail

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 guidesses Friday by 5pm and camp in Morgan-Monroe State Forest. 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. More details will be given to those who sign up closer to the event date.

Itinerary:

Date: April 29-May 1st

Meeting Time: 5pm Friday April 29th

Location:

Meeting location will be given to those who sign up. Weekend trip will take place in Morgan Monroe State Forest

Cost: $275.00 per person for those who can pay their way, help offset costs of those in need and support paying our Guide team fair and equitable wages for their services

$175.00 for those who are experiencing financial hardship, due to our small group size trips there are limited number of spots available at this price

Cost does not include: Transportation to & from Morgan Monroe State Forest, fees incurred from expenses leading up to the event, snacks 

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

 

Meet Your Guides: Candice Baggett and Marrissa Byers!

Check them out on our team page !

 

Gear list and recommended clothing 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!

*Backpack

*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

Flashlight/headlamp

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)

Whistle

Insect Repellent

Hat

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)

Sunglasses

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 Morgan-Monroe State Forest, check out the link here: https://www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/properties/morgan-monroe-state-forest/ 

 

COVID-19 UPDATE:

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 event.

*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:

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!

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Blood Root Trail Winter Women’s Backpacking

Winter Women’s Backpacking Trip Blood Root Trail Salamonie Reservoir

Join us for the first full moon of 2022 for a winter women’s backpacking adventure along the Bloodroot Trail for a great opportunity to go on a beginner friendly trip in the beautiful Salamonie Reservoir and learn more skills of backpacking with other like minded women!

The Winter backpacking overnight along the Bloodroot Trail on the Salamonie Reservoir will be 13 miles total, the hikes each day will be 6 1/2 miles long along  moderate terrain. This trip is beginner friendly, it would be great for someone who wants to try backpacking for the first time or wants to backpack on one of the most beautiful reservoirs in the Midwest with other rad women. We hope to see you there!

Itinerary:

Date: Jan. 15-16th

Meeting Time: 10am Saturday Jan. 15th, trip ends 12pm Jan. 16th

Location: Salamonie Interpretive Center, 3691 New Holland Road, Andrews Indiana, 46702

Cost: $199.00 per person Early Bird, $225.00 after Dec. 15th

Cost does not include: Transportation to & from Salamonie Interpretive Center, 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, and snacks (please bring your own lunch for Saturday) group gear (water filtration, cook stove, etc), permit fees, insurance, special gift from DNK Presents

*If you are borrowing a sleeping bag from DNK, please be sure to bring additional layers so you are warm enough at night!

*If you have questions about our refund policy or other frequently asked questions check out our page here.

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 Winter Women’s Backpacking Trip.

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!

*Backpack

*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

Flashlight/headlamp

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)

Whistle

Insect Repellent

Hat

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)

Sunglasses

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.

COVID-19 UPDATE:

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:

The Women’s Backpacking trips 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!

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Women’s Spring Thaw Hike

It’s time to dust off your hiking boots! We decided to make our first Spring Thaw event of 2018 a hike to really ease you into the outdoors because we know as a beginner hiker, camper or backpacker it can be a bit intimidating. That’s why our first event will be a leisure 2 hour hike at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis. Join us with our trained and experienced backpacking guide, Katy Williams. We will hike and explore the beautiful trails and give you more information about hiking, camping, and backpacking while getting to know other outdoorsy women in our community.

10am Meet at the 56th street entrance, first parking lot on the right, begin introductions

10:15am Hike begins

~12pmish Meet back at your vehicle, we’ll plan to grab lunch afterwards, and you are welcome to join!

*There is an entrance fee to get into Eagle Creek Park $5 for Marion County residents and $6 for non-residents.

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Sedona Mountain Bike Festival and Backpack and Yoga on the Havasupai Trail

March Adventure Madness in 2017!

March 3-5 

Certified Professional Mountain Bike Instructors (PMBIA) Danielle and Kate Nolan through the will be leading free guided rides and mini clinics at the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival for Trek Bicycle.

This is the first year Trek Bicycle will be offering free rides and mini clinics from at the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival, join Trek Women’s Advocates Kate Nolan and Erin Wells for an awesome ride in the red rocks!
Sign up for the festival here! We hope to see you there in 2017!

 

March 6-10

A Backpack and yoga retreat on the Havasupai trail in the Grand Canyon

Hiking the Havasupai trail is a truly unique and memorable adventure to experience. The Havasupai Indians are the longest residents of the Grand Canyon, living there for at least 800 years. Havasuapi means people of the blue-green water, when we reach the falls in the canyon you will see how the Native Americans received this name as the breathtaking water falls will fill your soul. Read the itinerary here to learn more about this epic adventure to the sacred lands of the Grand Canyon.

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“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it’s lethal.” – Paulo Coelho

Join us for your next adventure!

 

NetWalking Adventure Hike with RepuCare

When: June 15th 5:30-7pm

Where: Monon Center, Central Park in Carmel, IN

Sign up here!

 

June Backpack Trip Backpacking

When: June 24-26

Where: Morgan Monre State Forest

Sign up here!

 

Indiana Humanities Indiana Campfires IN Campfires

When: July 9-10

Where: Morgan Monroe State Forest

Sign up here!

 

We (Danielle and Kate) just completed and received our Professional Mountain Bike (PMBIA) Level 1 Certification! Interested in a clinic? Let us know!

Mountain Bike Instructors

PMBIA

See us at the Midwest Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic June 10-12 Brown County, IN

Women's Adventure Contest

Awesome shot of our women’s adventure contest winners! We had an amazing weekend in the woods with these women. Stay tuned to hear about their experience.

Pictured (left to right) Sally Marchand Collins, Candice Baggett, Ali Lemberg, Kate Nolan, Danielle Wolter Nolan, Michele Lorbieski Anderson, Kelsey Steuer

You can still support the Women’s Adventure Contest Documentary by donating on our website here!

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Congratulations Blake and Jen Weishaar for winning our adventure backpack trip for 2 in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Adventure prize package. We will see them both in June for their first backpack trip in Indiana!

Did you see us on Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick?

Watch the full clip on their website!

Gerry Dick IIB

Inside Indiana Business

Interested in learning more about corporate adventure retreats, health and wellness or on boarding programs? Contact us to learn more!

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