Events

Chain O' Lakes, Canoe Camping, DNK Presents

Canoe Series: Canoe Camping

Canoe Series: Canoe Camping – 2 Night Trip

Keep Calm and Canoe On

Location: Chain O’ Lakes State Park

Date: June 25-27, 2021

Meet: Chain O’ Lakes State Park

Cost: $259.00 per person we provide canoe, $229.00 per person with personal boat

Cost does not include: Transportation to & from Chain O’ Lakes 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: Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast, basic camping gear – if needed please indicate when registering, camping fees for two night, campfire wood, permit fees, insurance, special gift from DNK Presents. Participants will need to bring their own lunch on Saturday.

Itinerary and Information:  This canoe trip at Chain-O-Lakes State Park is designed to help improve canoe paddling skills while merging them with your tent camping skills.  Meet at Chain-O-Lakes boat rental at 4:00pm on Friday, June 25.  We will load camping gear into tandem canoes and head across Sand Lake to enter the chain of lakes that will quickly make you feel like you are in some far off wilderness land.  Arriving on Rivir Lake we will use 3 of the canoe-only camping sites.  Please plan on sharing a tent with one other camper, unless you have your own hammock.  This will be home for the night.  Once you are settled in you have lots of choices.  Hiking trails fan out in all directions.  Bring a fishing pole and see if you can catch dinner.  Are you a bird watcher?  Head out and add to your life list.  Bring a hammock and “hang out.”  Or, do a little more paddling!!  You pick!

Saturday will be a full day to play and explore the park by canoe or by foot.  Or, kick back and enjoy a good book.  

On Sunday morning, we will leave camp at about 10:00am, retrace our path, and head back to Sand Lake where we will return our boats and head for home.  

DNK Presents will take care of renting tandem canoes, paddles, and life jackets. We will make the Friday/Saturday night tent camping reservations, provide 2 dinners, 2 breakfast, 2 guides for 2 nights, campfire wood. 

Chain O' Lakes, Canoe Camping, DNK Presents
Chain O’ Lakes, Canoe Camping, DNK Presents

 

Chain O' Lakes, Canoe Camping, DNK Presents
Chain O’ Lakes, Canoe Camping, DNK Presents

“Keep Calm and Canoe On” is part of a Canoe Series of 3 events. You do not need to sign up for all three events, you can do 1, 2 or all 3 – the more you do the more you save!

Canoeing on a Lake – Day Trip – $59.00 we provide the canoe, $39.00 with your own boat

Canoeing on a River – Overnight Trip – $199.00 we provide the canoe, $169.00 with your own boat

Canoe Camping 2 Night Trip – $259.00 we provide the canoe, $229.00 with your own boat

Save $30 when you sign up for all three! Use code Save30

*Sign up for two events receive $20 off with code Save20 

 

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.

Recommended Gear and Clothing:

Canoe Basics

  • Dry bag (large) or duffle bag with plastic bag layering system to keep contents dry)
  • Dry bag (Med/small) for change of clothes, phone, map, med card, etc.
  • Trail map
  • Compass
  • Matches
  • Cell phone in protective bag
  • Headlamp
  • Personal first aid and meds
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • water/water bottles
  • Water treatment supplies (including a gravity bag)
  • Meals, snacks, energy bars, etc 
  • Group tarp (part of safety plan)

Camping Basics

  • Tent or sleeping hammock
  • Sleep system (bag, mattress, etc)
  • Stove and fuel
  • Cookset and utensils
  • Dishes
  • Meals
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper and feminine supplies (include ziplocs if need to carry used supplies out)
  • Trowel
  • Handsanitizer
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Credit card/small amount of cash
  • Health insurance card/list of emergency contacts
  • Folding camp chair ( small enough to fit in canoe)
  • Parachute cord or small clothes drying line
  • Small repair kit or tools

Clothing Basics (dress for anticipated weather conditions and LAYER!!!  Avoid COTTON.  Need Multiple items in case of submersion.)

  • Synthetic/Nylon layers on top and bottom.  Use moisture wicking.
  • Multiple pair of wool/synthetic socks
  • Gloves
  • Paddling footwear
  • Camp footwear
  • Hat (for sun and cold)
  • Bandana or buff
  • Swim suit
  • Camp towel
  • Stuff or compression sacks

To learn more about Chain O’ Lakes State Park click here!

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 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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Blue River, Canoe Series, DNK Presents

Canoe Series: Canoeing on a River Overnight

Canoe Series: Canoeing on a River Overnight

Keep Calm and Canoe On

Location: Blue River

Fredericksburg, IN

Date: June 4-5, 2021

Meet: Old Mill Canoe Rental 

Cost: $199.00 per person we provide canoe, $169.00 per person with personal boat

Cost does not include: Transportation to & from Old Mill Canoe Rental, 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: Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, basic camping gear – if needed please indicate when registering, camping fees for one night, campfire wood, permit fees, insurance, special gift from DNK Presents

Itinerary and Information:  Join this fun paddle down the majestic Blue River located near Fredericksburg, IN.  Known for the magical color of the water, you will be carried along by the ribbon of blue liquid beneath your canoe. Experience moving water and learn to better control the direction your boat travels as the Blue River makes its way south to the Ohio River and onward toward the ocean.  

Arrive at the Old Mill Canoe Rental primitive campground as early as 4:00pm on Friday evening.  Bring your gear to set up your tent camp, then put out your chair, and relax around the group fire with stories and laughter. They will provide a campsite for Friday night primitive camping, tandem canoes, paddles, and life jackets, as well as paddling advice and suggestions offered by fun and knowledgeable leaders.    

Saturday morning, the target departure time will be 9:00am.  The folks at Old Mill Canoe Rental will share  their love of the Blue River as they send us down river.  We will meander along the river stopping now and again to stretch our legs and check out the sites along the river.  Be sure to pack a trail lunch and snacks as you are sure to paddle up an appetite.  Depending on the speed of the moving water, and the rate at which we paddle, we will cover the 12-miles of river in 4-6 hours.  At the end of our paddling day, OMCR will meet us and shuttle us back to our vehicles.  We will revel in our success day and head for home. 

“Keep Calm and Canoe On” is part of a Canoe Series of 3 events. You do not need to sign up for all three events, you can do 1, 2 or all 3!

Canoeing on a Lake – Day Trip – $59.00 we provide the canoe, $39.00 with your own boat

Canoeing on a River – Overnight Trip – $199.00 we provide the canoe, $169.00 with your own boat

Canoe Camping 2 Night Trip – $259.00 we provide the canoe, $229.00 with your own boat

Save $30 when you sign up for all three! Use code Save30

*Sign up for two events receive $20 off with code Save20 

 

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.

Recommended Gear and Clothing:

Canoe Basics

  • Dry bag (large) or duffle bag with plastic bag layering system to keep contents dry)
  • Dry bag (Med/small) for change of clothes, phone, map, med card, etc.
  • Trail map
  • Compass
  • Matches
  • Cell phone in protective bag
  • Headlamp
  • Personal first aid and meds
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • water/water bottles
  • Water treatment supplies (including a gravity bag)
  • Meals, snacks, energy bars, etc 
  • Group tarp (part of safety plan)

Camping Basics

  • Tent or sleeping hammock
  • Sleep system (bag, mattress, etc)
  • Stove and fuel
  • Cookset and utensils
  • Dishes
  • Meals
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper and feminine supplies (include ziplocs if need to carry used supplies out)
  • Trowel
  • Handsanitizer
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Credit card/small amount of cash
  • Health insurance card/list of emergency contacts
  • Folding camp chair ( small enough to fit in canoe)
  • Parachute cord or small clothes drying line
  • Small repair kit or tools

Clothing Basics (dress for anticipated weather conditions and LAYER!!!  Avoid COTTON.  Need Multiple items in case of submersion.)

  • Synthetic/Nylon layers on top and bottom.  Use moisture wicking.
  • Multiple pair of wool/synthetic socks
  • Gloves
  • Paddling footwear
  • Camp footwear
  • Hat (for sun and cold)
  • Bandana or buff
  • Swim suit
  • Camp towel
  • Stuff or compression sacks

To learn more about Old Mill Canoe Rental click here!

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 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!

Read more
DNK Presents women's backpacking

Backpacking Series: Backpacking Knobstone Trail

“Backpacking Knobstone Trail” is part of the Backpacking Series of 3 events taking place this spring in Indiana. 

The Backpacking Series: “Beginner Backpacking on the Knobstone Trail” will be 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 beginner/intermediate level trip along the Knobstone Trail! Beginning at Delaney Creek State Park, this 11-mile loop 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: May 22-23 (optional 21st night camp out!)

Meeting Time: 10am Saturday May 22nd

Location:

Delaney Creek State Park

Cost: $199.00 per person

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

 

“Backpacking Knobstone Trail” 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 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!

Read more
Summit Lake State Park, Canoe Series, DNK Presents

Canoe Series: Day Trip

Canoe Series: Day Trip, Canoeing on a Lake

Keep Calm and Canoe On

Location: Summit Lake State Park

Date: May 15, 2021 

Time: 10:00am-2:00pm

Meet: Summit Lake State Park/Boat Rental Parking Lot 

Cost: $59.00 per person we provide canoe, $49.00 per person with personal boat

Cost does not include: Transportation to & from Summit Lake 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, permit fees, insurance, special gift from DNK Presents

Itinerary and information:  Meet at the boat launch at Summit Lake State Park located near New Castle, Indiana at 10:00am.  A tandem canoe, paddles, and life jackets are included in the pricing of this trip but the state park entrance fee is not.  You will need to provide your own waterproofing bags for personal gear, as well as, your snacks, lunch, and water.  Dress for the weather and anticipate getting at least a little wet.  It is advised that you pack a change of clothes and place them in your dry bag.  The day will start by learning some basic maneuvering strokes before heading out to explore the beautiful scenery.  The group will pull ashore, stretch their legs, and enjoy a shore lunch at around noon.  The return to the cars will be at 2:00pm. 

Optional Camping:  Your guides will be camping at Summit Lake State Park on Friday evening.  You are invited to do a “self-registration” with the state park and car camp on your own site.  All who chose this option are invited to join Blair and Darlene for an evening of socializing around the campfire. This car camping option is not included in your DNK registration and needs to be set up on your own.  Hope you can join the fun! 

 

“Keep Calm and Canoe On” is part of a Canoe Series of 3 events. You do not need to sign up for all three events, you can do 1, 2 or all 3!

Canoeing on a Lake – Day Trip – $59.00 we provide the canoe, $49.00 with your own boat

Canoeing on a River – Overnight Trip – $199.00 we provide the canoe, $169.00 with your own boat

Canoe Camping 2 Night Trip – $259.00 we provide the canoe, $229.00 with your own boat

Save $30 when you sign up for all three! Use code Save30

*Sign up for two events receive $20 off with code Save20 

 

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.

Recommended Gear and Clothing:

Canoe Basics

  • Dry bag (large) or duffle bag with plastic bag layering system to keep contents dry)
  • Dry bag (Med/small) for change of clothes, phone, map, med card, etc.
  • Trail map
  • Compass
  • Matches
  • Cell phone in protective bag
  • Headlamp
  • Personal first aid and meds
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • water/water bottles
  • Water treatment supplies (including a gravity bag)
  • Meals, snacks, energy bars, etc 
  • Group tarp (part of safety plan)

Camping Basics

  • Tent or sleeping hammock
  • Sleep system (bag, mattress, etc)
  • Stove and fuel
  • Cookset and utensils
  • Dishes
  • Meals
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper and feminine supplies (include ziplocs if need to carry used supplies out)
  • Trowel
  • Handsanitizer
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Credit card/small amount of cash
  • Health insurance card/list of emergency contacts
  • Folding camp chair ( small enough to fit in canoe)
  • Parachute cord or small clothes drying line
  • Small repair kit or tools

Clothing Basics (dress for anticipated weather conditions and LAYER!!!  Avoid COTTON.  Need Multiple items in case of submersion.)

  • Synthetic/Nylon layers on top and bottom.  Use moisture wicking.
  • Multiple pair of wool/synthetic socks
  • Gloves
  • Paddling footwear
  • Camp footwear
  • Hat (for sun and cold)
  • Bandana or buff
  • Swim suit
  • Camp towel
  • Stuff or compression sacks

To learn more about Summit Lake State Park, check out the link here: https://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2967.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 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!

Read more
Women's Backpacking DNK Presents

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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Backpack Essentials DNK Presents

Backpacking Series: What’s in your pack?

“What’s in your Pack?” is part of the Backpacking Series of 3 events taking place this spring in Indiana. 

The Backpacking Series workshop will be a great opportunity to prepare for upcoming backpacking trips, whether with DNK or on your own!

In this workshop we will lay out the contents of a fully loaded backpack for the group to see & discuss, as well as construct a tent. We will then review participant’s packs and discuss group gear options such as water filters, stoves, cook kits, etc. Then we will check out the DNK Presents gear library & generate a list of gear needed by participants. After a break for lunch there will be an optional hike with our packs in Brown County together!

Workshop Itinerary:

Date: Saturday April 17th 10am-12pm EST Workshop

12pm Lunch (bring your own or join us for lunch at a local restaurant in the town of Nashville, Indiana

1-2pm Hike in Brown County – exact trail TBA

Workshop Location:

Brown County Bikes

185 S Jefferson St. Suite A Nashville, IN 47448

Cost: $12.00 per person

Cost does not include: Transportation to & from Brown County Bikes, lunch. 

Cost does include: Instruction from 2 professionally trained women guides.

 

“What’s in your Pack” 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!

*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:

Wear comfortable clothing & bring hiking boots & layers (including rain gear!) if you plan to join on the hike following the workshop.

Please bring your fully loaded personal pack and some snacks! We will be sending out a gear/packing list prior to the workshop.

 

Looking for a place to stay in town?

Check out The Brown County Barn Burner – this is where Brown County Bikes is located, you can literally stay above the bike shop, how cool! Come hang out with us!

 

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

Candice Baggett DNK Presents Guide
Candice Baggett DNK Presents Guide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blair Dietrick DNK Presents Guide
Blair Dietrick DNK Presents Guide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Wilderness First Aid Course DNK Presents

Wilderness First Aid and CPR

Wilderness First Aid and CPR class brought to you by DNK Presents! We are very excited to be the host of a SOLO Wilderness First Aid Course and CPR training in Brown County Indiana.

This is a 16-hour, 2 day, entry level course. It’s great for outdoor enthusiasts looking to learn more about wilderness medicine and first aid in the backcountry and anyone looking to feel more safe and confident in the outdoors alone or with a group. Wilderness First Aid (WFA) covers topics ranging from preparation and prevention to assessment and treatment of injuries that may occur in the wilderness. Students will have an opportunity to learn practical skills through hands-on scenarios as well as in a traditional classroom setting.

Upon completing and passing the course you will receive your Wilderness First Aid Certification through SOLO, this is a 2-year certification. 

*Please note that SOLO and our instructors are taking extra precautions due to COVID-19 and will be practicing social distancing during the course.

Location: 

Brown County History Center 

70 Gould St

Nashville, IN 47448

When: 

Saturday March 20th  8:30am – 5:00pm

Sunday March 21st  8:00am – 4:30pm

(includes 30 min lunch both days)

Gear List: (you need to bring)

  • Backpack to put everything in (medium to large)
  • Rain gear (tops and bottoms – we will be outside rain or shine)
  • Layers of clothing (for splinting exercises and to keep yourself warm during scenarios)
  • Sun protection
  • Water bottles (at least 1 qt/litre)
  • Lunch/snacks
  • Pen and notepad
  • Timekeeping device
  • Foot wear appropriate to the terrain (closed toes, no flip flops)
  • Insect repellent
  • 2 cloth face coverings – 1 for Sat, 1 for Sun (required)
  • Nitrile Gloves (as many pair as you are able to obtain. 6 pair required minimum)
  • Old Sleeping bag or blanket
  • First Aid Kit you normally bring on outings
  • Sleeping Pad and cordage to keep it rolled up  (this will serve as your ‘patient’. We will strive to make the scenarios as real as possible while keeping physical distancing guidelines in place)
  • Tarp (optional)
  • Trekking poles, Crazy Creek Chair, Sam Splint (all optional)
  • Protective eye-ware (safety glasses)
  • Latex or any type of gloves *Gloves will need to be changed with each new physical contact scenario (please bring multiple)

COVID-19 Disclaimer: This wilderness medical training consists of didactic and practical skills. During didactic lessons, students will be separated by 6ft in the classroom space. Group sizes are smaller to support this. However, where the appropriate assessment of patients requires physically touching a patient, there is always the potential of risk in doing so. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are requiring students to take additional precautions throughout the course. Students (patients and rescuers) MUST wear gloves, a face mask, and eye protection during ANY hands-on work. With these additional requirements, we are working to reduce the risk that is present. In taking the training, you understand the associated risks are similar to coming across a patient in the backcountry.

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.

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

Cost: 

Early Bird $179.00 On or before Feb. 26th

Full Price $199.00 After Feb. 26th

CPR Cost: $40.00 

CPR Certification:

Are you interested or do you need to re-certify your CPR? We are offering a 2 hour CPR training after the class on Saturday March 21st from 5-7pm. If you are interested please sign up below.

*Note the CPR training is a SOLO certification, if you have any questions please reach out to us.

Looking for a place to stay? Check out the Brown County Barn Burner!

Meet your Instructors: 

SOLO Instructors – Tymme Laun and Danyele Green both have their Wilderness First Responder certifications and have completed multiple cave rescue courses over the past 2 ½  decades.  Tymme has Level 3 certification and Danyele has completed Level 1 with NCRC. They also assist in the weekend orientation to cave rescue course offered by NCRC and have taught for NASAR in the past through courses offered at Indiana University.   An in-cave accident many years ago jump started their passion for adding wilderness medicine courses into their knowledge base. They both have a passion for sharing the knowledge learned with others and look forward to our upcoming course.

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DNK Presents, Wild Women's Hike

Virtual Hiking Challenge

Start off 2021 in the the great outdoors for a hiking challenge adventure!
Usually one of our favorite hikes of the year is in January, we get to hear your goals, aspirations and your past year’s inspirations! Because of COVID-19 it’s still unsafe for us to meet in person (last year we had over 50 people at our January hike)! So this year take the virtual challenge with us to hike 21 miles in January.

Details:

  • Hike 21 miles in the month of January
  • Track your hiking mileage on Strava or another online app, share and tag us along the way!
  • Show us your results to get $21 off any adventure with us in 2021!
  • Join us by RSVPing below for free and join the online community for encouragement along the way! 🥾

-$21 off must be used by 12/31/2021 on an adventure or event valued at $150 or more.

If you like this challenge you might also like our Online Winter Wellness Program starting Jan. 17th led by one of the owners of DNK Presents and Soulful Trail, Danielle Wolter Nolan. Check out the details here.
Hiking
Hiking
We look forward to you joining us and encouraging each other along the way!
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Danielle and Kate DNK Presents

Party in the Woods Mountain Bike Ride

Our women’s mountain bike rides in Brown County State Park are on!

Come and ride with co-owner of Brown County Bikes Kate Nolan.

These rides are beginner friendly and all levels are encouraged to join. It’s a great way to make new friends, learn more skills and build community. Our goal is to get more women on bikes and provide a safe, fun environment for you to get your shred on!

Rides begin at 6pm EST, we will meet at the Upper Shelter in Brown County State Park. We will practice social distancing before, during and after the ride.

If you have been exposed to or have experienced symptoms of COVID do not attend.
Masks are not required but feel free to bring your own mask and wear it if you’d like.

Rides begin at 6pm, make sure you have a proper helmet, water and snacks, bring lights if necessary.

Inclement weather: If there is inclement weather or if the trails are wet, we will not ride. If you have questions about the ride or trail conditions feel free to text Kate at 317-445-7155.

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