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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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Wild Women’s Advanced Backpacking

Backpack the entire 42 mile Tecumseh Trail with us this June 19-23rd!

Join DNK Presents as we take you on the first 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 8-12 miles each day to complete the trip on Sunday June 23rd. 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 extremely advised. 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 Wednesday June 19th meet at Morgan-Monroe State Forest Tecumseh Trailhead

Adventure ends Sunday June 23rd Yellowwood State Forest and Hoosier National Forest boundary

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. All food provided is vegetarian 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.

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!

 

*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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Wild Women’s Intro to Backpacking

Join us for an overnight adventure 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 and live a life filled with 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!

 

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  As of 3/14/19 we are out of stock for Backpacks to provide for this trip

Sleeping Bag

Sleeping Pad As of 3/19/19 we are out of stock for 2 person shared tents for this trip

Tent (2 person) As of 3/19/19 we are out of stock for 2 person shared tents for this trip

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

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.
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Wild Women’s Backpacking Overnight

Wild Women’s Backpacking Overnight Along the Beautiful Tecumseh and Low Gap Trail!

Celebrate Earth Day month with us along the beautiful Low Gap and the Tecumseh Trail in Morgan-Monroe and Yellowwood State Forest. We’ll learn 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 let us know what equipment you need. We will limit this to a small rad group so sign up today. DNK Presents will provide meals, water filteration systems, trowels, etc. Rental gear is available on a first come first serve basis, if you need/want gear sign up ASAP! 
This is a beginner to intermediate backpacking trip. The hike in will be 10 miles total, the terrain is rugged. 

Itinerary:

Saturday April 27th:

10am meet at the Low Gap Trail parking lot

11am Begin hike into the backcountry along Low Gap/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!

Sunday April 28th:

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

~12pm Arrive back at the parking lot, celebrate!

*Times are approximate 

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)

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. 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

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

 
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Big South Fork Women’s Backpacking

Join us for this beginner friendly Women’s Backpacking Adventure in The Big South Fork Recreation Area in Oneida, Tennessee! We will begin the trip on Friday at 2pm and finish by Sunday 12pm-ish. The entire weekend will be about 11 miles. 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 – we will be in bear country so this is super important here! 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 22nd 2pm Meet at Twin Arches Trailhead, begin hike 3pm

Adventure ends Sunday March 24th by 12pm

 

Gear list and recommended clothing:

*Backpack

*Sleeping Bag

*Sleeping Pad

*Tent or hammock

*Camp stove fuel

*Camp stove, Jet Boil etc.

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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Welcome DNK Presents Adventure Ambassador Lauren Fields!

DNK Presents just launched the first Adventure Ambassador Program for people like you who are interested in building a community for more women, or gender neutral individuals to get outside and be empowered by the great outdoors. There is a vast gender gap of men vs. women but fortunately that gap is decreasing because of more organizations that are providing a safe space for women to feel comfortable and confidence outside. Ambassadors will build the outdoor community in their area by leading free open to the public hikes, bike rides, rock climbing, paddling, yoga or meditation experiences, and sharing events, and posts via social media. If you’re interested in building the outdoor movement in your area please contact us!

Welcome to the DNK Presents Ambassador Team Lauren Fields! Read on to learn about Lauren!

Who are you?

What is your name, where do you live. What do you do for a living?

My name is Lauren Fields and I live in northeast Indy. More specifically, it’s a plot of woods along Mud Creek between Castleton, Geist, and Fishers.

I work as a Content Marketer and do some light graphic design and photography. And I get to do it all from home, in the woods! I specifically work in the food industry, so most of my writing and photography are for recipes and cooking tips. I’m also freelancing to expand the types of projects I get to work on.

How has the outdoors impacted your life? Why do you believe it can do the same for others?

I’m my happiest self when I’m outside. Even more if I’ve just done something that makes me feel badass. I like to set adventure goals each year to keep adding to my experiences and expand what I’m comfortable with.

Being outside is like therapy for me. The fresh air helps me remember to breathe more deeply. It’s a reminder that I’m part of something bigger than myself, which helps pull me out of my head and evaluate my concerns more clearly. Being outside helps me remember that it’s just as important as an adult to allow freedom to play and daydream. I think a lot of my anxiety and stress comes at times that I’ve neglected my need to step away from to-do lists and just explore.

I think it’s common to feel overwhelmed with what is demanded of us every day. To spend time outside, especially with others, is a way of maintaining sense of self and direction among everything that’s going on.

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Could you share a story about the outdoors that has taught you something about yourself?

I’ve always wanted to do a solo backpacking trip, which I finally did this summer. I went to a place I’m familiar with – Red River Gorge – to ease my nerves of going alone. I had a terrible run-in with a forest officer on Courthouse Rock who saw my gear and thought I was camping there. I was only taking in the view before continuing on the trail to set up camp in the woods, at a legal camping spot. His verbal aggression and the fact that he wrote me a warning for something I wasn’t even doing really just had me frazzled. My solo backpacking was off to a terrible start. But I was encouraged by some friendly hikers who I made quick friends with, and their understanding helped me pull myself together.

By the time I was setting up camp it started raining. I was planning on trying my new wood burning stove, but I didn’t have any kind of fire starter and all the wood was wet. I was so hungry and my clothes were all wet, and all I wanted to do was give up and go to Miguel’s for some pizza. My irrational nighttime fears were setting in, and since I was having no luck with the fire, I walked back towards the trail to see what was making the noises I was hearing. I found some camp neighbors who were starting a fire, and when I asked what their secret was, they generously shared their fire starter with me. So I was able to cook my minute rice with shiitake mushrooms and had a warm meal after all.

The next morning I woke up to the sound of distant thunder around 5 am. I was planning to be back on the trail by 7 to beat the storm (which I was expecting thanks to the weather app), but it sounded like it was coming much sooner than expected. I didn’t like the thought of waiting it out in my tent, and I also didn’t like the though of it pouring down before I finished packing up. So I packed up camp faster and sloppier than ever. It was still dark and I was having a hard time finding my way back to the trail, but when I finally did, it felt like a major victory. But since it was still dark I was concerned about spooking a bear. It wasn’t until the sun started to rise over the gorge and the clouds had moved onward that I was able to shift my thoughts from fear of the unknown and instead to the excitement of starting a day this way.

I learned that my inner voice can be the most irrational when I feel unprepared. I may be quick to feel defeated, but to accept defeat means I would be missing out on the whole experience. Each moment where I felt defeated was followed by something up-lifting. I remember this story when I’m feeling defeated because it reminds me to shift my perspective and look for the encouragement.

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What is your first significant memory of the outdoors or nature in some way?

I grew up camping with my family and our friends, 5 families total. I remember being  young and playing in massive puddles on multiple camping trips. I didn’t recognize this importance until recently, but to me now, this represents not giving up on the adventure. Our parents could’ve probably scheduled a rain check each of those times. But maybe it’s more realistic to accept that conditions will only rarely be “perfect” and then we’ll make the most of it.

Why do you feel it is important in today’s society to get outdoors and disconnect from technology?

We live in a world where there is always something demanding our attention. And if we’re not deliberate about what receives our attention, we can easily be robbed of our time. I think this is why it’s so important to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature. Because nothing is demanded of us outside.

If we open our attention to the way the moss grows on the rocks and the trees, or the way the birds are flying overhead – we are allowing ourselves to take part in the physical world around us.

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dnk presents, live adventurously, wild women, corporate retreats, adventure retreats,What is your favorite outdoor gear?

I mainly kayak, backpack, and I’m new with climbing. Buying specific gear for all 3 activities would cost more than I can spend. So my favorite gear is anything versatile that I can apply to different activities.

For instance, I use my backpacking pack to carry all of my climb gear to the crag. I really like the nice rope bags that are minimal and specific to climbing gear, but my pack is more than enough.

Also though, for one specific splurge, I really love Ice Mule coolers. I have the roll-top 15 Liter which floats behind my kayak or is carried by my significant other when we climb or hike (while I’m carrying the pack). Because I love to pack fresh food, and in the summer, a good trail cooler is where it’s at!

Does unisex or women’s specific gear make a difference for you?

I’m not sure if I have a preference. I think it depends on the item and availability. When I was trying on packs, I only tried on the ones built for women. If none of those had felt right, I would’ve tried a unisex pack. But with my sleeping bags, I bought unisex.

Why do you feels it’s important to get more women specifically outdoors?

I think it’s important for women to be among women. So we can help lift each other up and share our unique experiences together. Some of the burdens that we carry as women feel lighter when they are understood with no explanation. I mean, we have to worry about having enough menstrual products while climbing a mountain! If we have a group of women together, chances are one of us has an extra tampon. That alone is a benefit of getting more women together.

But deeper than that, I think there’s a certain level of empowerment when women are taking on something that has been male dominated for so long. It’s our way of saying We’re Here Too.

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Learn more about the Red River Gorge and things to do here: http://www.redrivergorge.com/

We are so excited to have Lauren as a DNK Presents Adventure Ambassador, we hope to see you on an adventure this year!

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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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Family Intro to Backpacking

Calling all mothers! Have you always wanted to take your child or children on a camping trip? Have you taken camping trips before with your family but are looking to try and see what backpacking is all about? We have the perfect trip for you.

Join us for an overnight adventure in beautiful Shades State Park. 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 confident to take your children out on your own and be successful in the wilderness. Our professional DNK Presents’ certified guides Candice Baggett and Katy Williams are so excited to lead this first family oriented trip with you.

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

Gear: DNK Presents provides gear (included in cost) for adults. We do not supply backpacking gear for children. The gear we provide such as the cookware, and tent can be shared with your child. Your child would need their own backpack for carrying water, snacks, child’s sized sleeping bag, sleeping pad if they have one.

Cost: Includes one adult and one child, if you have more than one child you want to bring there is an additional $25.00 charge. Also includes backcountry meals for Saturday evening and Sunday morning. You will need to have breakfast before you arrive and pack you and your child’s lunch to have along the trail on Saturday.

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

Please let us know if you have any food allergies, all food provided is vegetarian!

 

Gear list and recommended clothing:

Tent or hammock (we can also provide)

Flashlight/headlamp and extra batteries

Snacks/Extra food

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

Bring rain gear – rain jacket or poncho, rain pants or water resistant pants

2 filled water bottles (Nalgene size 32 oz. at least or 64 oz. total)

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, hand sanitizer (there are no bathrooms in the backcountry)

Baby wipes or face wipes

Large Zip lock bags or plastic bags for carrying trash (you will carry your own trash throughout the weekend)

Camp shoes (cheap pair of flip flops to wear when we get to the camp site area)

Hiking boots (recommended) or trail shoes can also work

Extra socks

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

Personal items

Bring any and all medications that you need or may need during this adventure

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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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