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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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Campside Sessions Women’s Mountain Bike Camp

Join us for an awesome weekend of learning new mountain bike skills, riding the epic trail system in Brown County State Park and SO much fun with bad ass women! You will be instructed by professional coaches and meet other amazing women to continue riding with. Your primitive on site camping is included, see you on the trails!

What: Campside Sessions Women’s Mountain Bike Camp

When: Sept. 10-12th, 2021

Where: Brown County State Park Nashville, IN

Who: Awesome rad women who want to have fun, learn skills and mountain bike with other awesome rad women

Cost: $325.00 

  • Includes your professionally guided skills coaching from the top certified trained coaches for skills and riding, primitive camping on site, swag bag, giveaways, and an amazing freakin’ weekend!

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Meal Plan: $125.00

  • Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner for Saturday and Breakfast and Lunch on Sunday, we can accommodate for most food allergies, you must give us this information 30 days before the event so our caterer can accommodate, contact us if you have questions!

Rental Bikes: Rental bikes are available on a first come first serve basis from local bike shop (owned by the fabulous Danielle and Kate Nolan 😉) Brown County Bikes

  • Rentals will only be allowed for the full weekend (Saturday-Sunday) as opposed to just Saturday or just Sunday
  • Discounted weekend rentals will be $150.00 for Saturday- Sunday (regular rate $190.00)
  • Check out our rentals on Brown County Bikes here – We will have more open this fall too!
  • If you want a rental make sure to email us first – don’t order the rental online at Brown County Bikes just yet, thank you!
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Transition Scout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Still deciding if this weekend is right for you? Watch this!

 

FAQ:

I’ve never ridden a mountain bike or I’m pretty new, can I come?

Absofreakinlutely! We invite ALL levels of riders to come and participate. When you sign up we have you fill out a questionnaire to place you in a group based on your skill level. We have had women start out in the beginner groups and now coming into year 3 we have seen them advance to the higher groups, which is super exciting!

If I need a bike can I rent one?

Yes! See above we’re working with none other than the amazing Brown County Bikes!

Do I have to camp with everyone?

No you do not, you can stay wherever you like! We always give that option for people who want to camp on site with us but we are happy to give you other recommendations on places to stay – sometimes there are cabins or rooms on site as well! Guess what you can even stay in the same building as the bike shop – Brown County Bikes, check out Brown County Barn Burner. Contact them for availability because they’ve blocked rooms for our group!

I’m coming with my friends will I be in the same group as them?

Maybe, maybe not. While you ride with your friends all the time at home you might be best suited to be in a different group as them for our camp. It is important for us to give you the best tools and skills you need to be successful to continue riding more confidently and comfortably. Our coaches and staff are professionally trained through PMBIA or ICP and we have done this for years with in our own businesses and for over 3 years with Campside Sessions. There are times once you are in your group we may move you but we will always discuss this with you first.

I have a strict diet can you accommodate me?

We can cover vegetarian, gluten free. If you have sever allergies or other dietary restrictions we due recommend bringing your own food. While we wish we could accommodate every person’s request many times we are in remote locations for our camps and the caterers or food options are very limited.

What is the refund policy?

If you have to cancel first you can always transfer your ticket to another camp within that calendar year. 30 days out full refund after that we do not offer refunds due to paying for permits, insurance, coaches, meals, etc.

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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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Women's Backpacking 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 (SOLO certification) taking place 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, masks are required for the training.

Location: 

Brown County History Center 

90 Gould St

Nashville, IN 47448

When: 

Saturday August 28th  8:30am – 5:00pm

Sunday August 29th  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)

Cost: 

Early Bird $179.00 On or before August 6th

Full Price $199.00 After August 7th

SOLO CPR Course Cost: $45.00 

SOLO CPR Certification:

Are you interested or do you need to re-certify your CPR? We are offering a 2 hour CPR training (certification through SOLO) after the class on Saturday August 28 from 5:30-7:30pm. 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.

COVID-19 Disclaimer: This wilderness medical training consists of didactic and practical skills. During didactic lessons, students will be separated for their comfort level.  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. We are requesting students take additional precautions by following any CDC guidelines in place during the course. We also require personal protective equipment (PPE) be worn as we would when working on real patients. Students (as patients and rescuers) MUST wear gloves and we recommend wearing a face mask during ANY hands-on work. With these additional requirements, we are working to reduce the risks that are 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. Learn more about how we’re staying safe on our adventures here.

 

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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Wellness in the Woods

Wellness in the Woods – Building Confidence on Your Next Adventure

Join Danielle Wolter Nolan for a guided outdoor day retreat, Wellness in the Woods, in beautiful secluded Story, IN in Brown County Indiana. We will begin the day with a hike in the southern part of Brown County in Story, IN. The hike has beautiful rock formations at the top, which is where we will do a short guided meditation and earthing session. After the guided meditation and breathing exercise we will practice what we learned in the Virtual Self Defense Training and discuss how to be more confident and empowered on your next hike or adventure. Then we will begin our decent and travel back to the Story Inn. From there we will have lunch together on the patio at the restaurant at the Story Inn – Wine Series at The Barn at Story is from 1-5pm (tickets sold separately).

When: Saturday Aug. 21st

Time: 9am-1pm

Location: Story, IN

Cost: Early Bird $75.00 until Aug. 6th

$89.00 after Aug. 6th

*Save $10 when you sign up for Virtual Self Defense Training using code Defense10

 

Schedule:

9am Meet at Story Inn, travel to trailhead

9:30am Begin hike

10:15am Guided meditation, breathing exercises, earthing, discuss and practice outdoor self defense techniques

12pm Arrive back at Story Inn for lunch at The Grill

 

Included in Cost:

  • Guided hike, Earthing, Forest Bathing experience
  • Self Defense in the outdoors practice and discussion on how to be more confident on your next adventure
  • Catered lunch and non-alcoholic drink at The Story Inn Bed and Breakfast
  • Secluded beautiful safe space experience to explore with Danielle at the Story Inn and in the wilderness of Brown County Indiana

Not Included: 

-Transportation to and from The Story Inn, there is a short drive to the hike location as well but we will be able to car pool

-Travel insurance or fees incurred related to preparing for the event

 

*We have extra yoga mats if you need to borrow one

Gear: 

Make sure to wear comfortable clothes, and shoes. The hike is not very long but very steep so you will need a sturdy trail shoe or hiking boot. You may want to bring something to sit on for the meditation. Bring a small backpack to carry your water, electrolytes, snacks for the day, sunscreen, bug spray and anything else you might need to carry with you.

 

Meet Danielle: 

Danielle Wolter Nolan, Soulful Trail, Wellness in the Woods
Danielle Wolter Nolan, Soulful Trail, Wellness in the Woods

Danielle is a certified Yoga instructor, Thai masseuse, Reiki Master and Outdoor Wellness course creator and Wilderness guide. She is the co-founder of DNK Presents, non-profit women’s empowerment organization, Live Adventurously and nature healing business, Soulful Trail. She loves to reconnect people with nature to increase mental, physical and emotional health and wellness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COVID-19: 

Participants are not required to wear masks during the retreat because we will be outdoors but please bring a mask with you in case we would need to be closer than 6 feet for some reason.

Do not come to the event if you have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the 14 days leading up to the event. Your guidess, Danielle is fully vaccinated.

If you have any questions please reach out!

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Virtual Self Defense in the Outdoors Training

Virtual Self Defense in the Outdoors Training Class

Have you ever wanted to go on a hike or extended day adventure on your own or with a small group and felt unsafe? Do you wish you had knowledge of what to do if you were being approached in the outdoors? If so you must join us for this virtual training program. This training is jam packed with ways that you can use (and practice in real time) to become and feel more confident when you want to take your next solo or small group hike or adventure.

Date: Monday August 16, 2021

Time: 8pm EST

Cost: $35.00

Where: Virtual – you will get a private Zoom link when you sign up

*Save $10 on Wellness in the Woods – How to be More Confident in the Outdoors when you sign up for both events!

Yes I’m Hiking Solo: Self-Defense for the Outdoors (60min + Q&A)

Nicole created Yes I’m Hiking Solo to address the fears that many women have expressed about hiking solo. As an avid solo hiker and adventurer, Nicole offers simple and effective self-defense strategies to encourage and empower women to feel more confident about their ability to manage their personal safety during outdoor activities.
Whether you’re solo or with a group, these skills can help you manage your safety, be aware of your options and feel more powerful wherever the trails or the outdoors takes you! We’ll cover skills like awareness, intuition, body language, boundary setting, verbal strategies and physical skills. This class is interactive via Zoom and participants will be encouraged to turn on their cameras, use their voices and there will be opportunities to practice the physical skills!  Dress comfortably and make sure you have room to move.
Host: DNK Presents
Presenter: Nicole Snell Bio below
Bio:
Nicole Snell is a dynamic international speaker, workshop facilitator and self-defense instructor specializing in sexual assault & violence prevention education, boundaries and personal empowerment. She is the CEO of Girls Fight Back, the world-renowned personal safety and self-defense seminar for women and girls, and is the creator of Outdoor Defense, an online series that aims to help women stay safe while enjoying the outdoors solo or traveling solo. Nicole is an avid solo traveler, outdoor enthusiast and adventurer having visited 25 countries on 6 continents to date and is a hike/adventure leader for Black Girls Trekkin.  Nicole is an NACP Credentialed Advocate, sits on the board for IMPACT Personal Safety in addition to being a Lead Instructor, and is a collaborative partner with Difference Makers (10 Strong).  She has traveled the world speaking to groups at colleges, K-12, corporations, the military and private events.  She believes that everyone has the right to walk through the world feeling safe, powerful and confident!
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youth mountain bike clinic

Youth Mountain Bike Summer Clinic

Youth Mountain Bike Summer Clinic

Are you wanting to get your child started mountain biking? Or wanting your child to learn how to ride the trails more safely and efficiently?

Join us for the youth mountain bike clinic in Brown County Indiana. With some of the best mountain bike trails in the Midwest there’s plenty of reasons to get your kids out on the trails! A great way for your children to learn how to ride more safely is to participate in a clinic so they can learn skills to keep them riding more efficiently, increase their confidence on their bike and have more fun with their family and friends!

Location: Brown County State Park Indiana

When: July 24-25th Saturday-Sunday

Time: 9am-12pm

Duration: 3 hours each day

Ages: 6-12

Cost: $150.00

*$20 of your entry fee will go directly to the Brown County Community Bike Fest (free event) Saturday August 7th, learn more here!

Required:

  • Child must have their own bike and helmet
  • Water, or electrolytes
  • Snacks
  • A great attitude!

COVID-19:

Hand sanitizer will be available onsite. masks are not required to be worn but participants are required to have a mask with them at all times in case there’s a reason we need to be closer than 6 ft.

All those eligible are encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Your coaches for the clinic are fully vaccinated.

If you or anyone in your household 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 you will not be permitted to attend the event.

Meet your coaches Danielle and Kate Nolan!

Kate has been riding bikes her whole life and began coaching in 2015 through DNK Presents. She is the head coach and started the NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association) league here in Brown County. Danielle and Kate both carry their Professional Mountain Bike Instructor’s Association certificate from the PMBIA and Wilderness First Aid and CPR. They love to shred and get others, especially kids excited about the sport!

 

Danielle and Kate DNK Presents
Danielle and Kate DNK Presents
Youth mountain bike clinic, dnk presents, corporate retreats, adventure retreats,
youth mountain bike clinic
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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

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