Join us for this beginner friendly Women’s Backpacking Adventure in The Big South Fork Recreation Area in Oneida, Tennessee! We will begin the trip on Friday at 2pm and finish by Sunday 12pm-ish. The entire weekend will be about 11 miles. Friday night we will backpack in to Charit Creek and be at a beautiful primitive site along the creek, about a 2 mile hike in. The next day we will hike along Charit Creek Trail, set up camp along the beautiful creek again, then day hike to breathtaking Slave Falls and incredible rock shelters, and caves along the trail. Sunday morning we will wake up and hike back up to see the Twin Arches and then to the trailhead. This trip you will learn the basics of backpacking including how to filter water, read a map, cook in the backcountry, hang food – we will be in bear country so this is super important here! and have an amazing time in an absolutely beautiful part of the country. We hope you will join us for this awesome weekend we have planned!
Adventure begins Friday November 9th 2pm Meet at Twin Arches Trailhead, begin hike 3pm
Adventure ends Sunday November 11th by 12pm
Gear list and recommended clothing:
*Tent or hammock
*Camp stove fuel
*Camp stove, Jet Boil etc.
Pan or pot for cooking
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)
Gators (for shoes – optional)
Trekking poles (optional)
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)
Rain Gear (jacket, poncho, rain pants)
Band-Aids’, other First Aide items you may need (DNK has First Aid Kit)
*DNK Presents provides if you have requested
We ask that you carry any medications you may need. Please notify us of any known allergies food or otherwise, medications or medical conditions your guides should be aware of.
To learn more about The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, check out the link here: https://www.nps.gov/biso/index.htm
It’s the most beautiful time of year and Brown County is the perfect place to take your fall hikes! We would love to see you this Sunday for a hike around picturesque Stahl Lake in Brown County State Park. We will start at the Nature Center in the park, hike down to the lake and take the trail around the lake and back up to the Nature Center, it’s about 1.5 miles and absolutely beautiful this time of year.
Please bring and take some water, snacks, and anything else you might want for this beautiful hike, the terrain is moderate with about 400 ft. of elevation gain and loss.
The exact address to the Nature Center is here: 1405 State Road 46 W, Nashville, IN 47448
When you enter the park from the North or West gate follow the signs to the Nature Center and park there!
There is a entrance fee to get into the park; passes, pricing and more info. on Brown County State Park is listed here: https://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2988.htm
REI presents a film screening of the award winning documentary, “Live Adventurously”. The screening will take place at EPIC Climbing Gym, ticket sales will raise funds for the Red River Gorge Climbing Coalition. Beer for those with a valid ID will be available and being donated by Upland Brewing. Other prizes and giveaways and snack items like s’more will be offered from REI.
Four women were chosen to win a four day exclusive backcountry adventure guided by Danielle and Kate, owners of DNK Presents. None of them knew each other, or exactly what was in store for them, but they all left with something much more than they every imagined possible.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2018
Contact: Kate Shepherd
Film Showcasing Transformative Women’s Outdoor Adventure Distributed Globally
DNK Presents’ Documentary Now on IndieFlix
(INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA) – The acclaimed documentary film “Live Adventurously” is now available on IndieFlix for viewers around the world to enjoy. “Live Adventurously” is featured on the front page of the IndieFlix website in the “Recently Added” category and other areas of the streaming platform.
The film from outdoor adventure company DNK Presents follows the riveting journey of the four Indiana women who won the inaugural DNK Presents’ Women’s Adventure Giveaway and took part in a four-day backcountry adventure.
The film focuses on the fears, determination and ultimate victories of the strangers during the uplifting outdoor adventure guided by DNK Presents’ Founders Danielle Wolter Nolan and Kate Nolan. The women left as friends who had shared an empowering journey.
“We are thrilled that a larger audience will get to see this film and be touched by the stories of these strong, compassionate women,” said DNK Co-Founder Danielle Wolter Nolan. “To have the film available on IndieFlix can only bring more attention to the beauty of the great outdoors and how adventure can transform your life.”
The 2016 contest winners were picked from a pool of more than 60 compelling nominations of women in need of adventure. The winners and stars of the film are Michele Lorbieski Anderson, Candice Baggett, Ali Lemberg and Kelsey Steuer.
The film follows the women as they surrendered their cell phones, backpacked through the rugged wilderness, mountain biked over hills and came across other surprises during the life changing journey.
“An inspiring look into the stories of these women and a great showcase of female empowerment!” said IndieFlix Acquisitions/Ingestion Manager Christopher Drdla about “Live Adventurously.”
The trip was a once in a life-time experience.
“I would say one of the coolest things about this whole experience has been getting to know the other women,” participant Ali Lemberg said about the adventure. “People that didn’t even know each other were a team, had each other’s backs, felt the love and championed each other’s victory. It was such a victory for all of us.”
About DNK Presents
DNK Presents organizes and guides empowering adventure retreats for individuals, groups and businesses. Founders Danielle Wolter Nolan and Kate Nolan focus on getting people to step outside their comfort zones, try something for the first time, and in turn gain confidence through experiential learning and adventures. DNK Presents founded and hosts an unprecedented event each year, the Live Adventurously, Women’s Adventure Giveaway. This event is a chance for people to nominate a woman in their life to win a customized, extended backcountry adventure weekend guided by Danielle and Kate.
IndieFlix Group Inc is a global screening and streaming service that promotes and supports social impact films to create positive change in the world. IndieFlix screening service books offline community screenings in schools, corporations, and communities around the world while IndieFlix streaming offers a monthly subscription based service to access thousands of high-quality shorts, features, documentaries, and series. https://www.indieflix.com
Camping is included both Friday and Saturday night at Miguel’s
Saturday, May 19th
7:30am Leave for North Gorge (wall announced when you sign up)
Climb all day packing in lunches, water, snacks
5-6pm Arrive back at Miguels for Pizza
Sunday May 20th
Hike in the Gorge or half day climbing
*Helmets are included
*Climbing harness, shoes, belay device are NOT included
Join us for our partnered Wild Walk with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. We will take a hike through Ellenbarger Park on the east side of Indianapolis and then plant a native tree to Indiana, the Kentucky Coffeetree. The Kentucky Coffeetree is not as well know as other native trees in the area. We are so excited to have Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s own arborist, Molly Wilson with us. She will point out other trees in the park and share some ideas on how we can be more sustainable to the trees and growth of native trees in Indiana to keep our city and state thriving in nature. We hope you will join us on this educational and super fun hike!
From A Campside Sessions Participant…
“I am generally an outdoorsy person; the military has exposed me to many things like rappelling, survival skills, navigating, etc, and I feel confident in my skills. Despite this, there has been one thing I’ve been wanting to do for a while that I haven’t quite gotten up the courage for yet: a solo backpacking trip. I’ve had plenty of hesitations about this idea for a long time now, but when I think about it, every single one of the excuses I come up with can be overcome easily. The main thing holding me back has been fear, and watching the film (Live Adventurously) you made about your first adventure weekend for the four women, I was truly motivated to conquer that and try this thing that I’ve never done before, for the first time. I just really felt that you needed to know about the impact you had on me, since you were talking about wanting to expand your impact outside of Indiana- you already have! Additionally, the film was beautifully done and really portrayed the magnificence of each of the women; I can’t wait to see what you guys do next.
Working with the two of you (Danielle and Kate) Erin, Charlotte and Jenny was truly phenomenal. Each of you have such a presence. You are warm, encouraging, funny and solid leaders. Again, not only was I able to learn so much about mountain biking, but it was just so renewing to meet so many rad women doing really cool shit. Working with men all day, every day, can make you forget all of the powerful qualities that women bring to the table, and I am so endlessly grateful that I was able to witness all of them this weekend. Thank you so much for all you are doing.”
-Emily Wren Campside Sessions Mountain Bike Participant
Emily’s words truly moved Kate and I and we wanted to share what she wrote to us with all of you. Kate and I love what we do and we are truly grateful for all the adventures we get to guide, people we get to meet, and the beautiful places we get to travel to. Being an entrepreneur is hard, being a woman LGBT owned business, and starting an adventure company in Indiana (something that’s never been done before) is even harder.
I read an email from a fellow woman co-founder this week, Jen Gurecki of Coalition Snow, about her struggles as a woman founder. I completely related, and while I would love to stay it’s all fun and sunshine, it’s not, just like on an adventure some days things just don’t go right, the wind changes the weather picks up and it rains…hard and it doesn’t seem like it’s ever going to stop, you trudge through, carry on, and slowly the sun begins to peak through the trees. It’s on these trips or during these times of the week when things just don’t seem to work, we are tired, the to do list is never ending; but then the next day the sun comes out, we get an email from a participant saying that their experience with us changed their lives like the one from Emily above, we keep going, we keep moving, and we won’t ever stop.
That is the only reason why DNK Presents is still here – because of YOU. We have fallen, we have made mistakes, we have had set backs but that is when we get stronger, we rise up and we will never ever ever give up.
We hope you don’t either.
When you come on an adventure with us it will challenge you, it may be hard at times, it might even rain, but it also might just change your life. We hope that you leave feeling inspired, ignited and empowered to take on the world – however that looks for you.
Keep on adventuring,
Danielle & Kate
Looking for an adventure in 2018? See Live Adventurously at Bicycle Garage Indy and be inspired to try something new!
Join Bicycle Garage Indy as we host our first Movie Night! we’ll provide popcorn. View the documentary Live Adventurously and stay after the film for Q&A with film directors Kate Nolan and Danielle Wolter Nolan.
Live Adventurously Documentary Summary:
In 2016 outdoor adventure company, DNK Presents, hosted the inaugural women’s adventure contest in Indiana. In a short time, an overwhelming amount of nominations came in, with unbelievable compelling stories. Four lucky women were chosen to win a four day backcountry adventure guided by, Danielle and Kate of DNK Presents. None of them knew each other, or exactly what was in store for them, but they all left with something much more than they had ever imagined possible.
The next DNK Presents Women’s Adventure Contest is currently accepting applications. Find out more at the movie night!
Registration is required. Attendance limited to 50 people.
We hope your summer has been filled with lots of love, happiness, and of course adventure. We know ours definitely has! Our big season started out with a bang with our documentary film, “Live Adventurously” winning Best Documentary and being nominated for Best Cinematography in the Alhambra Film Festival in Evansville, IN. We then got to guide our new 2017 Live Adventurously Women’s Adventure Contest winners on their big adventure in central Indiana. This year the weekend was filmed by a local Indianapolis woman film maker, Lindsay Mitchell, stay tuned as she develops her feature adventure film.
In July we took some time off to work on our mountain bike skills, had some down time with family, and then got to assistant coach at one of the most exclusive mountain bike clinics in the world, The Trek Dirt Series. We began our adventure by taking one of the most famous of the Trek Dirt Series clinics, in Whistler Canada, where founder, Candace Shadley was born and raised. I not only got to celebrate my birthday in Canada, on Canada Day, on top of a mountain with my Trek Session downhill rental, but got to learn from some of the most bad ass, and professional women coaches in the industry. We highly recommend these west coast clinics, but are SO excited to offer you amazing coaching and mountain bike camps on this side of the country! Stay tuned and look for more events coming up from Campside Sessions, a joint venture formed from DNK Presents and other fellow Trek Bicycle Women’s Advocate, Erin Wells’ mountain bike business in Baltimore, MD, Muddy Pedals. Our first mountain bike event together is taking place in Brown County State Park, September 22-24, learn more by clicking here.
The summer may be coming to an end, but the adventures for fall are just beginning. We have a lot going on Brown County, who doesn’t love those beautiful autumn leaves? Join us for some bike clinics, backpacking, yoga, hiking, etc. Oh and did we tell you DNK Presents is guiding our first adventure trip out of the country? Yes indeed, Feb. 17-24 we will be guiding a yoga retreat in beautiful Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, filled with yoga, hiking, paddle boarding, meditation, relaxation, and so much more. Check out all the details here!
Danielle & Kate