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Women’s Backpacking Knobstone Trail

Backpacking the Knobstone Trail

Join us for backpacking on the Knobstone Trail for a great opportunity to go on a beginner backpacking trip in beautiful Delaney Creek State Park and learn more skills of backpacking with other like minded women!

Join us for a intermediate/advanced level trip along the Knobstone Trail! Beginning at Delaney Creek State Park, this 11-mile loop has areas that are strenuous and difficult and will be split between Saturday & Sunday and we will be camping on backcountry trail Saturday night. 

*Optional Friday Night Camping:  Your guides will be camping at Delaney Park on Friday evening.  You are invited to do a “self-registration” with the park and car/tent camp on your own site.  All who chose this option will be invited to join Blair and Darlene for an evening of socializing around the campfire. We will send out a message to participants prior to the trip with the number of our campsite! This car/tent camping choice is not included in your DNK registration and needs to be set up on your own ($14/night for a primitive campsite, $25/night for a modern- car camping- campsite).  We hope to see you there!

Itinerary:

Date: Nov. 6-7th (optional Friday the 5th night camp out!)

Meeting Time: 10am Saturday Nov. 6th

Location:

Delaney Creek State Park

Cost: $199.00 per person Early Bird, $225.00 after Sept. 1st

Cost does not include: Transportation to & from Delaney Creek State Park, park entrance fee $5 per day, 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, group gear (water filtration, cook stove, etc), camping fees for one night at Delaney Creek State Park along the Knobstone trail, campfire wood, permit fees, insurance, special gift from DNK Presents

 

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 Women’s Backpacking Knobstone Trail:

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 the Knobstone Trail, check out the link here: https://www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/4275.htm

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 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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Women’s Backpacking Big South Fork

Women’s Backpacking Adventure in the Big South Fork National Recreation Area

Join us for this beginner/moderate empowering Women’s Backpacking Adventure in the beautiful The Big South Fork National Recreation Area in Oneida, Tennessee! We will begin the trip on Friday at 1pm EST and finish by Sunday 1pm. The entire weekend will be about 12 miles, there is about 700 ft. of elevation fall on Friday and 7oo ft. of elevation rise on the final day, Sunday. The terrain is all single track trail and rugged. Friday night we will backpack in to Charit Creek and be at a beautiful primitive site along the creek, about a 2 mile hike in. The next day we will hike along Charit Creek Trail, set up camp along the beautiful creek again, then day hike to breathtaking Slave Falls and incredible rock shelters, and caves along the trail. Sunday morning we will wake up and hike back up to see the Twin Arches and then to the trailhead.

This trip you will learn the basics of backpacking including how to filter water, read a map, cook in the backcountry, hang food, and have an amazing time in an absolutely beautiful part of the country. We hope you will join us for this awesome weekend we have planned!

Trip Itinerary:

Where: Big South Fork National Recreation Area – Oneida, TN

When: Oct. 22-24th

Cost: $275.00

Cost does not include: 

  • Transportation to and from starting location
  • Travel insurance
  • The gear listed below that is not *

Cost does include: 

  • Professionally trained women guides
  • Backcountry meals including: Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast
  • Gear if needed (limited quantities available) 62L Backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, 2 person shared Tent, camp stove, fuel
  • Commercial backcountry permits for The Big South Fork Recreation Area
  • An opportunity to learn from super rad outdoor women guides about backpacking in a small group setting with other like minded women!

 

Meet your guides:

Darlene Patterson and Blair Dietrick

Check out our team page!

 

 

COVID-19 UPDATE:

If there is another lock down or code red situation we will reschedule the trip 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 weekend trip.

*If you have any questions regarding our procedures that are being taken to keep you safe and healthy please feel free to email me at danielle@dnkpresents.com

 

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!

*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 The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, check out the link here: https://www.nps.gov/biso/index.htm

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Garden of the Gods Women’s Backpacking

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!

Itinerary:

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

Location:

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!

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

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:

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!

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Women’s Advanced Backpacking – Tecumseh Trail

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!

Trip Itinerary:

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: $395.00

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 DNK Presents Guide
Candice Baggett DNK Presents Guide

 

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.

Certifications:

Registered Yoga Teacher RYT-200, Wilderness First Aid, American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification, SUP Yoga Instructor

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

*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.

*Backpack

*Sleeping Bag

*Sleeping Pad

*Tent or hammock

*Camp stove fuel

*Camp stove, Jet Boil etc.

Gear list and recommended clothing to bring:

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

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. 

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Backpacking Series: Intro to Backpacking

“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.

Itinerary:

Date: May 1-2

Meeting Time: 10am

Location:

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

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:

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 Shades State Park, check out the link here: https://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2970.htm

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 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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Women’s Big South Fork Backpacking

Join us for this beginner/moderate Women’s Backpacking Adventure in The Big South Fork National Recreation Area in Oneida, Tennessee! We will begin the trip on Friday at 1pm EST and finish by Sunday 1pm. The entire weekend will be about 12 miles, there is about 700 ft. of elevation fall on Friday and 7oo ft. of elevation rise on the final day, Sunday. The terrain is all single track trail and rugged. Friday night we will backpack in to Charit Creek and be at a beautiful primitive site along the creek, about a 2 mile hike in. The next day we will hike along Charit Creek Trail, set up camp along the beautiful creek again, then day hike to breathtaking Slave Falls and incredible rock shelters, and caves along the trail. Sunday morning we will wake up and hike back up to see the Twin Arches and then to the trailhead.

This trip you will learn the basics of backpacking including how to filter water, read a map, cook in the backcountry, hang food, and have an amazing time in an absolutely beautiful part of the country. We hope you will join us for this awesome weekend we have planned!

Trip Itinerary:

Adventure begins Friday March 26th 1pm EST  exact meeting location will be sent out

Adventure ends Sunday March 28th 1pm EST

 

Meet your guides:

Check out our team page!

Candice Baggett and Blair Dietrick

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Cost does not include: 

Transportation to and from starting location

Travel insurance

The gear listed below that is not *

 

Cost does include: 

Professionally trained women guides

Backcountry meals including: Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch (if needed)

Gear if needed (limited quantities available) 62L Backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, 2 person shared Tent, camp stove, fuel

Commercial backcountry permits for The Big South Fork Recreation Area

An opportunity to learn from super rad outdoor women guides about backpacking in a small group setting with other like minded women!

 

COVID-19 UPDATE:

If there is another lock down or code red situation we will reschedule the trip 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 weekend trip.

*If you have any questions regarding our procedures that are being taken to keep you safe and healthy please feel free to email me at danielle@dnkpresents.com

 

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!

*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 The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, check out the link here: https://www.nps.gov/biso/index.htm

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Big South Fork Women’s Backpacking

Join us for the fall beginner/intermediate Women’s Backpacking Adventure in The Big South Fork National Recreation Area in Oneida, Tennessee! We will begin the trip on Friday at 1pm EST and finish by Sunday 12pm-ish. The entire weekend will be about 12 miles, there is about 700 ft. of elevation fall on Friday and 7oo ft. of elevation rise on the final day, Sunday. The terrain is all single track trail and rugged. Friday night we will backpack in to Charit Creek and be at a beautiful primitive site along the creek, about a 2 mile hike in. The next day we will hike along Charit Creek Trail, set up camp along the beautiful creek again, then day hike to breathtaking Slave Falls and incredible rock shelters, and caves along the trail. Sunday morning we will wake up and hike back up to see the Twin Arches and then to the trailhead.

This trip you will learn the basics of backpacking including how to filter water, read a map, cook in the backcountry, hang food, and have an amazing time in an absolutely beautiful part of the country. We hope you will join us for this awesome weekend we have planned!

Trip Itinerary:

Adventure begins Friday October 9th 1pm exact meeting location will be sent out

Adventure ends Sunday October 11th 12pm

 

Meet your women’s backpacking guidesess:

Candice Baggett and Chapin Schnick, see their bios here.

 

Cost does not include: 

Transportation to and from starting location

Travel insurance

The gear listed below that is not *

 

Cost does include: 

Professionally trained women guides

Backcountry meals including: Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch (if needed)

Gear if needed (limited quantities available) 62L Backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, 2 person shared Tent, camp stove, fuel

Commercial backcountry permits for The Big South Fork Recreation Area

An opportunity to learn from super rad outdoor women guides about backpacking in a small group setting with other like minded women!

 

COVID-19 UPDATE:

During the trip we do not require you do wear a mask but you are welcome to if you feel more comfortable. You will be required to keep a safe distance away from one another throughout the weekend.

You will have separate sleeping arrangements with either a tent or hammock.

We will be reaching out to participants right 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 weekend trip.

*If you have any questions regarding our procedures that are being taken to keep you safe and healthy please feel free to email me at danielle@dnkpresents.com

 

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!

*Backpack (1 left)

*Sleeping Bag

*Sleeping Pad

*2 – person shared Tent (1 left)

*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

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 The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, check out the link here: https://www.nps.gov/biso/index.htm

The Big South Fork is one of our favorite places to lead women’s backpacking adventures, we look forward to seeing you in the wilderness with us!

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Women’s Intro Backpacking

Join us for DNK Presents’ annual women’s intro backpacking trip in beautiful Shades State Park. This trip is for those who are really new to camping, hiking and backpacking. This trip is very beginner friendly but at the same time will give you a good taste of what backpacking and “roughing it” is really like! We will hike along the backpacking trail a moderate 2.5 miles, to the backcountry area, set up camp, learn how to filter water, cook in the backcountry, hang food, learn the principles of Leave No Trace and so much more! After the weekend you will feel more confident to take on your next adventure!

Please read on to answer some questions that you might have for this trip!

Gear: DNK Presents provides gear on a first come first serve basis so sign up soon!

Cost: Includes backcountry meals for Saturday evening and Sunday morning. You will need to have breakfast before you arrive and pack your lunch for Saturday.

Not included in cost:  Fee to get into the state park, $7 for in state and $9 for out of state.

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.

*Communication will be done through email for this trip from 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!

COVID-19:

DNK Presents cannot prevent you or your child(ren) from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 while participating in our events. It is not possible to prevent against the presence of the disease. Therefore, if you choose to participate in DNK Presents’ services you may be exposing yourself to and/or increasing your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

Participants MUST be asymptomatic of any flu-like or COVID-19 symptoms in order to participate in the trip. Participants should not attend the adventure if they have been in contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Equipment DNK Presents can provide on a first come first serve basis, sign up early to make sure we have equipment if you need it: 

60 Liter Backpack

Sleeping Bag

Sleeping Pad

Tent (2 person)

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. You will share food with a partner for the weekend and carry that food in your packs for the weekend, the food is dehydrated and bagged separately.

The full gear list for the weekend below, you will need to pack your lunch for Saturday afternoon.

 

Gear list and recommended clothing:

Tent or hammock (we can also provide)

Flashlight/headlamp

Extra batteries for flashlight/headlamp

Snacks/Extra food (fruit is not recommended because it is heavy and leaves waste behind, granola bars or dried fruit, trail mix is great)

Lunch for Saturday afternoon i.e. any sand which, PB&J, cheese.crackers,

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

Zip lock baggies for storage of items like snacks, food or trash,

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

Moon cycle items – check out my tips here

Baby wipes or face wipes

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.
This adventure will get you ready for the backcountry, please join us for this women’s intro to backpacking this September!
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Big South Fork Women’s Backpacking

Join us for this beginner/moderate Women’s Backpacking Adventure in The Big South Fork National Recreation Area in Oneida, Tennessee! We will begin the trip on Friday at 1pm EST and finish by Sunday 12pm-ish. The entire weekend will be about 12 miles, there is about 700 ft. of elevation fall on Friday and 7oo ft. of elevation rise on the final day, Sunday. The terrain is all single track trail and rugged. Friday night we will backpack in to Charit Creek and be at a beautiful primitive site along the creek, about a 2 mile hike in. The next day we will hike along Charit Creek Trail, set up camp along the beautiful creek again, then day hike to breathtaking Slave Falls and incredible rock shelters, and caves along the trail. Sunday morning we will wake up and hike back up to see the Twin Arches and then to the trailhead.

This trip you will learn the basics of backpacking including how to filter water, read a map, cook in the backcountry, hang food, and have an amazing time in an absolutely beautiful part of the country. We hope you will join us for this awesome weekend we have planned!

Trip Itinerary:

Adventure begins Friday June 26th 1pm exact meeting location will be sent out

Adventure ends Sunday June 28th 

 

Meet your guides:

Danielle and Kate Nolan – co-founders of DNK Presents, see our bios here.

Danielle and Kate Big South Fork Women's Backpacking trip
Danielle and Kate Big South Fork Women’s Backpacking trip

Cost does not include: 

Transportation to and from starting location

Travel insurance

The gear listed below that is not *

 

Cost does include: 

Professionally trained women guides

Backcountry meals including: Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch (if needed)

Gear if needed (limited quantities available) 62L Backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, 2 person shared Tent, camp stove, fuel

Commercial backcountry permits for The Big South Fork Recreation Area

An opportunity to learn from super rad outdoor women guides about backpacking in a small group setting with other like minded women!

 

COVID-19 UPDATE:

During the trip we do not require you do wear a mask but you are welcome to if you feel more comfortable. You will be required to keep a safe distance away from one another throughout the weekend.

You will have separate sleeping arrangements with either a tent or hammock.

We will be reaching out to participants right 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 weekend trip.

*If you have any questions regarding our procedures that are being taken to keep you safe and healthy please feel free to email me at danielle@dnkpresents.com

 

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!

*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

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 The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, check out the link here: https://www.nps.gov/biso/index.htm

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Women’s Live Adventurously Weekend

Join us for an awesome outdoor women’s weekend, get to learn about outdoor wilderness skills on a backpacking hike, take a mini mt. bike skills clinic, learn about wilderness medicine, leave no trace, practice yoga, with other rad like minded women! Check it out, we hope you will join us!

The weekend will take place in various locations in Brown County, Indiana. Exact details will be given to those who sign up closer to the event.

 

Topics to be discussed and activities taking place throughout the weekend:

Yoga

Wilderness Medicine

Mountain bike skills session and ride

Backpacking Workshop with guided hike and skills training

Water activities

Leave No Trace Workshop

Women’s Outdoor Specific Gear

Adventuring as a parent – how to bring your kids outdoors

 

Pricing

$295.00 includes your primitive camping on site with our group, access to all the workshops and activities, camping gear (first come first serve basis), food for the weekend – we can accommodate for vegan and gluten free options, if you have other special dietary restrictions please contact us as soon as possible

 

*A detailed schedule will be given out close to the event

*Some gear is available on a first come first serve basis, if we run out we can assist with places you can rent gear from

*If you want to bike and need a rental we work with Columbus Bicycle Station for discounts on rentals for the weekend

*Primitive camping is included for the weekend, you can choose to stay at a cabin onsite as well, if you’re interested in this option please contact us for details! Danielle@dnkpresents.com

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