A Letter from the Founders
Dear DNK Presents Adventurers!
Hello and Happy New Year! 2022 is here and we have big and exciting changes to share with you. As you may know in 2020, we formed a 501c3 called Live Adventurously to host our Women’s Adventure Giveaway and to offer outdoor programing for underserved communities. Working with our board over the past couple of years and advisors with DNK Presents we have decided we can provide and serve the most good by offering our services through Live Adventurously. The adventures once run through DNK Presents will now be organized and guided by the non-profit, Live Adventurously.
We’re doing this so that we can offer more accessibility to trips and events to those in most need of outdoor experiences. Moving forward we will adding scholarship opportunities throughout the year for trips, free events (like we’ve always done) and tiered pricing for certain events. We still will have trips for women only, but we’ll be opening up all-gendered trips and more youth programming. We’ll be partnering with other non-profits for the Giveaway event so that we can focus more on creating unique outdoor experiences for those who are most vulnerable.
What this means for you. You still get to do adventures with us! Our amazing guidesses and guides will still be with us. A portion or all of your trip cost will be tax deductible (please check with your tax advisor on tax deductions) and now you get the satisfaction of knowing that a portion of your trip fees are going to provide outdoor experiences to those who are less fortunate.
There will be some immediate changes, and some will take place over the next few months with the name change, trip offerings and content reflecting that Live Adventurously is now the host of the outdoor adventures and events. Be on the lookout for these changes reflected on our social channels and our website.
Last, but not least, we could not have gotten to where we are now with DNK Presents or Live Adventurously without you and your support. Thanks for adventuring, advocating, sharing, liking and loving what we do, we can’t wait for you to take this next big adventure with us.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact us anytime. Until then, stay healthy and we hope to see you on the next adventure!
Danielle & Kate
Live Adventurously Tax ID: 82-4055538
Live Adventurously Board of Directors:
Danielle Wolter Nolan
*Interested in being on our board? Contact us for more information!
Join us for the 3rd annual Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic at Kickapoo State Recreation Area in Illinois! We skipped last year but we are back this year and are so excited to offer this women’s mountain bike camp at the awesome park in Oakwood, Illinois. The park has recently expanded and improved their trail systems and we plan on shredding the trails after honing in on our skills we go over in the morning together.
This is an all levels clinic, if you are brand new to mountain biking or have been riding for a while and want to get more confident on the trails we would love to have you join us this June! We do not offer rental bikes but if you need to rent a bike we can help you get in touch with a local bike shop to get you a mountain bike for the day (this is an additional fee).
8:30-9am Optional morning yoga
9-11:45am Morning skill sessions
12pm Lunch *Due to COVID-19 you will need to provide your own lunch, snacks and water, for the clinic
1-3:45pm Afternoon trail rides
*We know so many of us have been impacted by COVID-19 because of this we are offering a reduced rate for this event of $99.00 per person from the original price of $150.00 we hope to shred the trails with you soon!
We are following the guidelines of the CDC and WHO and are not requiring you do wear a mask but you are welcome to if you feel more comfortable. You will need to keep a safe distance away from one another throughout the clinic.
There will be no sharing of food or beverages. Please come prepared and bring your own water, snacks, lunch, gatorade, electrolytes, etc. that you need and then bring extra!
We will be reaching out to participants right before the weekend and asking if you have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has had COVID-19 related symptoms, or if you are experiencing or have in the past 14 days experienced COVID-19 related symptoms. If answering “yes” to any of these questions you will be asked to not join the clinic.
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for this beginner/moderate Women’s Backpacking Adventure in The Big South Fork National Recreation Area in Oneida, Tennessee! We will begin the trip on Friday at 1pm EST and finish by Sunday 12pm-ish. The entire weekend will be about 12 miles, there is about 700 ft. of elevation fall on Friday and 7oo ft. of elevation rise on the final day, Sunday. The terrain is all single track trail and rugged. Friday night we will backpack in to Charit Creek and be at a beautiful primitive site along the creek, about a 2 mile hike in. The next day we will hike along Charit Creek Trail, set up camp along the beautiful creek again, then day hike to breathtaking Slave Falls and incredible rock shelters, and caves along the trail. Sunday morning we will wake up and hike back up to see the Twin Arches and then to the trailhead.
This trip you will learn the basics of backpacking including how to filter water, read a map, cook in the backcountry, hang food, and have an amazing time in an absolutely beautiful part of the country. We hope you will join us for this awesome weekend we have planned! Your head guide will be co-founder of DNK Presents Kate Nolan, we can’t wait to take you on this adventure this fall!
Adventure begins Friday October 4th 1pm exact meeting location will be sent out
Adventure ends Sunday October 6th by 12pm
Cost does not include:
Transportation to and from starting location
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!
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!
*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
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
BIKE – FILM – BEER – COSTUMES
Join us for the first BLOOMINGTON BIKE PARTY! 🚲🚲🚲
Meet at The Wood Shop ready to ride with lights, helmets, and a costume! The theme is “The Wood Shop” use your creativity with this one. We will ride a route on the road through Bloomington. It will be a slow roll and there will be stops along the way. More info about Bike Party is listed below.
After the ride, we will be screening the award-winning film “Live Adventurously” hosted by outdoor adventure company DNK Presents with the help of Be Golden More information about the film can be found here: https://www.liveadventurouslyfilm.com/
About Bike Party:
BikeParty Indianapolis is a mobile party for anybody who loves being on a bike. All ages, types of riders, and experience levels are welcome! The mission is to build community through bicycling and encourage a safe and cooperative roadway environment for all users. The rides are around 7-11 miles, are a slower pace, and include several stops called “Regroups” along the route to party, dance, and mingle. Each route will be different, and will be posted ahead of time along with the stop locations. There may or may not be an after-party venue.
HOW WE RIDE:
-Follow the ride leader (with BP flag) or ride volunteers, they will be spread throughout the group to help direct when the group is split up.
-Stop at all red lights and stop signs (and dance!)
-Volunteers will not hold or stop traffic.
-Stay behind cars at redlights and yield to pedestrians.
-Avoid yelling things like “clear” at intersections, it’s critical everyone is responsible for their own safety.
-Ride straight until the ride volunteers tell you to turn.
-Stick to the right lane(unless turning left)
-Roll past conflict, do not engage.
-Do not be a danger to yourself or others.
Join us for an awesome outdoor women’s weekend, get to learn about outdoor wilderness skills on a backpacking hike, take a mini mt. bike skills clinic, learn about wilderness medicine, leave no trace, practice yoga, with other rad like minded women! Check it out, we hope you will join us!
The weekend will take place in various locations in Brown County, Indiana. Exact details will be given to those who sign up closer to the event.
Topics to be discussed and activities taking place throughout the weekend:
Mountain bike skills session and ride
Backpacking Workshop with guided hike and skills training
Leave No Trace Workshop
Women’s Outdoor Specific Gear
Adventuring as a parent – how to bring your kids outdoors
$295.00 includes your primitive camping on site with our group, access to all the workshops and activities, camping gear (first come first serve basis), food for the weekend – we can accommodate for vegan and gluten free options, if you have other special dietary restrictions please contact us as soon as possible
*A detailed schedule will be given out close to the event
*Some gear is available on a first come first serve basis, if we run out we can assist with places you can rent gear from
*If you want to bike and need a rental we work with Columbus Bicycle Station for discounts on rentals for the weekend
*Primitive camping is included for the weekend, you can choose to stay at a cabin onsite as well, if you’re interested in this option please contact us for details! Danielle@dnkpresents.com
Join us for an overnight adventure in beautiful Shades State Park. This trip is for those who are really new to camping, hiking and backpacking. This trip is very beginner friendly but at the same time will give you a good taste of what backpacking and roughing it is really like! We will hike along the backpacking trail a moderate 2.5 miles, to the backcountry area, set up camp, learn how to filter water, cook in the backcountry, hang food, learn the principles of Leave No Trace and so much more! After the weekend you will feel more confident to take on your next adventure and live a life filled with adventure!
Please read on to answer some questions that you might have for this trip!
Gear: DNK Presents provides gear on a first come first serve basis so sign up soon!
Cost: Includes backcountry meals for Saturday evening and Sunday morning. You will need to have breakfast before you arrive and pack your lunch for Saturday.
Not included in cost: Fee to get into the state park, $7 for in state and $9 for out of state.
Other important info:
*If you are an hour or more late for the start time of the trip you will forfeit your spot for the adventure and will not receive a refund.
*Communication will be done through email for this trip from Danielle@dnkpresents.com, you will receive more trip details and information closer to the event date, please do not comment on Facebook posts about this trip, the best way to get all the details is through email, thank you!
Equipment DNK Presents can provide on a first come first serve basis, sign up early to make sure we have equipment if you need it:
60 Liter BackpackAs of 3/14/19 we are out of stock for Backpacks to provide for this trip
Sleeping PadAs of 3/19/19 we are out of stock for 2 person shared tents for this trip
Tent (2 person)As of 3/19/19 we are out of stock for 2 person shared tents for this trip
*Food is provided for everyone (dinner Saturday, breakfast Sunday, lunch Sunday). All of the backpacking food is vegetarian, we can accommodate for most food allergies if we are notified far enough in advance. You will share food with a partner for the weekend and carry that food in your packs for the weekend, the food is dehydrated and bagged separately.
The full gear list for the weekend below, you will need to pack your lunch for Saturday afternoon.
Gear list and recommended clothing:
Tent or hammock (we can also provide)
Extra batteries for flashlight/headlamp
Snacks/Extra food (fruit is not recommended because it is heavy and leaves waste behind, granola bars or dried fruit, trail mix is great)
Lunch for Saturday afternoon i.e. any sand which, PB&J, cheese.crackers,
Extra Clothes, Layers (dry fit, wool or technical – cotton is NOT recommended because once it gets wet it stays wet)
2 filled water bottles (Nalgene size 32 oz. at least or 64 oz. total) OR water bladder ***Come with it filled
Gators (for shoes – optional)
Trekking poles (optional)
Zip lock baggies for storage of items like snacks, food or trash,
Bathroom “Kit” – large zip lock bag, wipes, hand sanitizer – you may want to duck tape the outside of your waste bag or use a dark bag
Baby wipes or face wipes
Camp shoes (cheap pair of flip flops to wear when we get to the camp site area)
Hiking boots (highly recommended)
Rain Gear (jacket, poncho, rain pants) – Always a good idea even if the forecast does not call for it
Band-Aids’, other First Aide items you may need (DNK has First Aid Kit)
Personal itemsLeave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures, kill nothing but time.
Turns out being pregnant is an adventure all of it’s own, check out what adventures I was able to withstand during my pregnancy.
Baby Nolan is coming in less than a month and I wanted to take time to reflect and share my experience being pregnant while continuing to guide trips, run a business and live adventurously!
This is our first child so everything is new as Kate and I start to grow our family, and that starts from the very beginning. We chose to get our donor from a sperm bank and worked with the Midwest Fertility Specialists in Carmel, IN. I think I learned more about sperm, my vagina, and the women’s body in general more in those months than I ever have, it was a bit overwhelming but also so fascinating! The fact that we can grow a human in our bodies is something so incredibly amazing and Kate and I are so grateful to be able to experience this process together.
I broke down my pregnancy experience based on some of the adventures and trips I guided below. I hope if you’re a mom or want to start a family it can give you some insight on how to start or continue to live adventurously while pregnant. Of course every woman, every pregnancy, every day is different, I would love to know your thoughts in the comments about your pregnancy journey!
Recreating in the First Trimester
Looking back I think mine was pretty typical compared to other stories I’ve read. My energy levels were pretty low, I had nausea, I had to wake up to pee EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. During this time though I was teaching about 6 yoga classes a week, one was heated at 6am, luckily I never hurled during that class but it was close… I continued to ride my mountain bike, lead rides, coached clinics and led some backpacking trips as well.
One day Kate was driving and I thought I was going to throw up, she pulled into a CVS and got me these wrist bands for people who are traveling and have motion sickness. It looked like I was ready to do an 80’s work out video but it DID work! I felt better! This was probably around end of July or beginning of August so I probably looked a little ridiculous with my sweat wrist bands but totally worth it!
I led a private backpack trip for a group of friends that wanted to try it out. I was also training a new guide on this trip, it was August and the weather was hot and humid. It was still early in the pregnancy so we weren’t telling anyone yet even though I really wanted to tell these women, they were all high achieving ladies in the Indianapolis area, and most were moms.
We set up camp in the backcountry area, hiked to a beautiful lake, took a wonderful swim and made our way back. Two of the women were about to go on big adventures of their own and it was awesome to be together with them before the next big transition in their life, and little did they know I was embarking on one of my own.
I remember on this trip I knew I was dehydrated because I didn’t have to wake up and pee in the night. You have to drink way more water while your pregnant and since we hiked all day, it was hot, etc. I didn’t have enough, so I do remember thinking when recreating to make sure I’m drinking plenty of water, and of course it’s always good to drink plenty of water in general.
More Adventures in the Second Trimester
For me this started in September and went into December. Probably about week 15 for me I noticed I felt better, I didn’t have to eat saltine crackers and preggie pop drops to soothe my stomach. I did get some energy back but this was also a big transition time for Kate and I so I feel like I was still a little tired. We sold our house in Broad Ripple, moved into a rental in Brown County and had most of our stuff in a storage unit there. We also had a sold-out women’s mountain bike camp with our sister company Campside Sessions in Brown County in September and another in October in Virginia so we did not slow down to say the least.
I felt good but I was definitely being more cautious as a rider, Kate many times thought I was not being cautious enough! I listened to my body and when I felt good and confident I went for it.
One event we did was at the Brown County EPIC, a huge mountain bike festival at Brown County State Park, Kate and I teach a free mini clinic for those wanting to ride Hobbs Hollow, the first downhill flow trail in the park. The next day we did a long ride out to Crooked Creek and back. It’s a long ride in general and they open up more trails in the park and in Hoosier National Forest during this event and I remember being so tired, I had to drink SO much water again. I finished but I could tell that the baby was taking up some of my energy for sure!
We had another sold-out Campside Sessions mountain bike camp at the middle/end of October. I was definitely more cautious on my rides at this time, getting to coach while pregnant was super fun though. This camp was in Stokesville, VA which was so beautiful, it has some great rocky, rooty terrain with some steep inclines and really awesome descents. I did get tired more quickly on the ride with the coaches but still had some fun and even let myself get a little bit of air when I was super comfortable. We had a great time and I think it was inspiring for the women to see me out there getting after it too!
Right after this was about the time I needed to start unbuttoning my bike shorts as my rides would go longer! Since I mountain bike I almost always wear a shammy with baggy mountain bike shorts on top. I heard that bibs would be more comfortable for me but I ended up buying some cheap bigger padded shorts that were on sale and was able to ride through with most of my regular shorts through trimester two.
After October I then got to lead with my wife and another one of our guides, Candice Baggett an amazing women’s backpacking trip in the Big South Fork National Recreation Area in November. It was pretty cool since over the summer the last time Candice and I did the trip to scope it out I had just gotten inseminated, but it was too early to know if it had worked. Here I was now 20 weeks into pregnancy on the same trail with a bunch of rad women, it was awesome! I felt great and at that time if you didn’t know me it might have just looked like I had too much ice cream LOL! Although I was starting to realize the extreme lack of pregnancy or maternity clothes for hiking, backpacking, or outdoor adventurous women in general! I could have worn my other pants with snaps but over time the belly bands would get annoying to me and almost all my pants I really liked had snaps so I couldn’t use the maternity waste bands that go into buttons.
Over all the second trimester was great, I can see why it’s usually considered the “favorite”. After feeling nauseous, tired, waking up to pee in the night, and extremely painful breasts and nipples, the second trimester was a breath of fresh air!
Living Adventurously throughout the Third Trimester
For me this started at the end of December, what a ride it had been so far! Kate and I closed on our new home in Nashville, IN the weekend before Christmas. We were officially Brown County residents, the same place we had gotten married just 3 ½ years ago and about to expect our newest addition to the family. After our last big trip of 2018 backpacking it was nice to have some family time for Thanksgiving and Christmas, this also gave us some time to move in and get settled. Although I think we’ll be settling in for a while, seems like there is always something to work on with a new house!
Our Indiana winter was not that forgiving this year. We as well as most of the rest of the country experienced the polar vortex with the extreme negative temps. The one thing I had going for me was that my body temperature was higher so that was been nice to be able to walk outside and feel good even with the colder temperatures!
I definitely started taking it a little easier in the winter months, naturally as our bodies should. DNK Presents always lead free monthly hikes and bike rides in and around Central Indiana, this program is also growing with our Ambassadors expanding throughout the U.S. and Canada. Kate led a New Year’s bike ride in Brown County State Park and it was great. We had the perfect snow weather for riding, we did the ride over the weekend so it was during the day and we all loved it. I was unsure how I would feel about riding in the snow – it can be very slippery but when I got out there I felt confident and comfortable so I just kept going.
We led our first Wild Women’s Hike of the year at the Stone Head Conservancy, and we had an awesome turn out. We focused the hike on new goals and aspirations for the year and many people had really inspiring goals to share, one woman had been diagnosed with cancer 6 months prior and opted to get outdoors instead of taking treatment and was doing great, another woman had lost 80 lbs. after suddenly losing her brother the year before, the exercise she started doing was hiking. I shared that my goal was to have a healthy, happy baby.
As far as my body since the weather was colder I was not doing as much longer outdoor activities so I still felt really good as my belly was growing and growing. The peeing in the night started up again and my breasts we sore again but it seemed not as bad as the first trimester maybe because I was used to it more now?
Usually this time of year Kate and I get to play out West or like last year I was in Guatemala leading a yoga retreat so this year I knew I wasn’t going to get a taste of any warm weather since I was in the “no fly” zone now. With our move it also didn’t work that we take a trip before I went into my third trimester too. Kate did head out West to Sedona, AZ for our annual women’s mountain bike camp and then stayed the following weekend to coach for Ryan Leech at the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival. Since I had had a healthy pregnancy and after discussing it with our Midwife we were all comfortable with her leaving for almost 2 weeks as I was in the 35-37 weeks of pregnancy!
The weekend she got back we had our baby shower which was super fun. At 37 weeks and 5 days I went on Kate’s women’s bike ride in Brown County State Park, I wasn’t sure again how I would feel but again I started riding and felt really good with my knees hitting my basketball sized belly as we went up and down the hills of Brown! We rode the North Gate Connector and North Tower, most of the other trails were closed due to rain and mud. We went on about a 6.5 miles and had an absolute blast, we were all tired but felt good taking a nice ride after a long winter! Now I will say during the ride I felt good, the next day I was teaching a yoga class and giving a Thai massage and I was sore! My sacroiliac (SI Joint) was really sore but after a day of stretching it and exercises I felt much better. I may have slightly over done it but it was worth it, you can’t beat getting out early spring when the weather was nearly 70!
During the third trimester of bike riding I will say at this point I had to move on to my GORE WEAR bike shorts, they were the only pair I had with an elastic waste with build in shorts that I loved! I wore a belly band on this ride because the shirt I wore wasn’t quite long enough for the the big baby belly. It also kept me warmer but I will say half way through the ride I took it off!
I’m officially over 38 weeks now so I have a full term baby inside me, we had a final ultrasound to confirm head was down, fluids, placenta, etc. and yes all systems are go! The ultra sound tech said she estimated about 7 lbs. 4oz. this could be off by 7 oz. either way but yes that’s a nice sized baby in there!
We had another 70 degree day and Kate and I got out to hike a beautiful trail where our March Wild Women’s Hike is located, Browning Mountain, it’s at 928 ft. which is pretty mountainous for Indiana! It’s a steep incline, you go up about 400 ft. of elevation in less than a mile but the view and scenery is totally worth it.
The Next Big Adventure – Preparing to Meet Our Baby!
These final weeks we’ve been preparing for our home birth! We’ve got packets of birth kits for our Midwife and her assistance, the Aqua Doula is set up close to our laundry room, we’ve got just about everything we need for our new baby bundle to arrive so soon!
You can tell from reading this that I mention my wife Kate a lot. I can’t imagine going through this without her or having someone to help with the hard days. I am SO lucky to have such a great partner in my life, we are so excited and ready for this next big adventure in our lives.
This week I’ll be at 39 weeks so I’m wrapping up my adventures for this blog now in case baby arrives, but I will update afterwards for sure. I wanted to wait as long as possible so I could share my entire adventure experience while being pregnant. I really have enjoyed carrying a child, I’m so grateful Kate and I get to bring in a new wonderful life into this world and share our love of adventure and the outdoors with them.
Join us for a wild women’s hike at Jimmy Nash City Park in Martinsville, IN. We will hike the roughly 1.5 mile trail loop in the park. February is Black History Month and to celebrate that is our theme for the hike! I have some links below of some organizations that focus on getting more people of color outdoors like Outdoor Afro, Diversify Outdoors, Brown People Camping, Melanin Base Camp and many others! The hike is beginner friendly, please make sure you dress for the weather, we look forward to seeing you there!
Outdoor Afro: http://outdoorafro.com/
Diversify Outdoors: https://www.diversifyoutdoors.com/
Brown People Camping: https://www.brownpeoplecamping.com/about/
Melanin Base Camp: https://www.melaninbasecamp.com/
DNK Presents organizes and guides empowering adventure experiences for individuals, groups and businesses. We specialize in women’s specific events that support women, girls and people in the LGBTQ community to live adventurously. We started doing free monthly wild women’s hikes to get more women and girls outside feeling more comfortable and confident in the outdoors. We believe that inclusivity is an asset and we know that in order to move the needle for women we need the support of our male allies, and those who are gender neutral or gender fluid to support this cause. We invite people of all ages, we’ve had mother’s wrap their children on themselves before and folks well into their 80s hike with us. We welcome people of all colors and cultural backgrounds! If you believe in getting more women and girls outdoors and empowering them through nature, then you are welcome to participate in these events with us!
Hello adventure seekers! Come out for a fun evening to meet the amazing DNK Presents Guide Team! We will talk to you about our upcoming trips for the year, give you a chance to personally meet your guides, discuss what a trip is like with DNK Presents, and share some outdoor adventure secrets with you. We will also tell you more about the 4th annual Women’s Adventure Giveaway Nominations open Jan. 1st and we hope you will nominate a woman this year to win an exclusive backcountry adventure. Come for an awesome night to meet other outdoor women and leave feeling inspired to take on your next big adventure!
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