Come one come all to learn some basics to backpacking in this free workshop taking place at our favorite local outfitter Rusted Moon in Broad Ripple. In this free workshop we (Danielle and Kate) and our other adventure guides will go over what we carry on a typical backpacking trip. We’ll bring in our own backpacks and show you exactly what’s inside ours, go over our favorite brands, must haves for us, and how we pack our equipment and keep our gear long lasting. In this session we will particularly focus on our gear for our Women’s Backpacking Adventure in The Big South Fork taking place Nov. 9-11. The Big South Fork has breathtaking rock features that are unlike most places in the world. We will explore the rugged trails, see the famous Twin Arches, hike to Slave Falls and camp alongside beautiful creek beds. We hope you’ll join us to learn more about backpacking and why we love it SO much!
Hello women of The Skunkworks Racing Team! Last year we coached you and others in Chicago now we are so excited to take to you our neck of the woods, Brown County State Park! With this day clinic you will get the skills you need to take your riding to the next level. We are excited to guide and coach you on our newest and most advanced and fun trails in Brown County, this means lots of riding and sessioning on the trails in the park together. We will teach you the skills on how to confidently conquer rocks and roots as well as learning the proper technique of getting sweet air on the awesome downhill Hobbs Hollow trail.
*This clinic is only for the Skunkworks Racing Team out of Chicago, if you want a private clinic with your and your team or your best friends let us know and we would be happy to organize an event for you!
Being out and about networking for our business it’s hard to go a week, well let’s be honest a day without hearing someone bringing up – Millennials and how to deal with those ‘darn kids’! As I was wondering why I can’t go a day without someone bringing up the topic of millennials, company culture, or the generation gap. I then realized why this topic is so prevalent, the Baby Boomers and the Gen X’ers are hiring us, recruiting us and trying to retain us at their offices.
So they (older crowd) want us (Millennials) in the office doing all the awesomeness we do but then our co-workers and bosses don’t know how to deal with us because we are so different from the other generations. For example Millennials are now the most diverse, and largest living generation in the U.S. For the first time we feel like we can be ourselves in the office which means we want to talk to our co-workers and engage with them on a regular-ish basis (we also like to have flexibility to be able to work from home!) We have been influenced by technology and we aggregate very quickly to change which means we adapt well to new ideas and creativity. Check out this study from the White House on everything else you ever wanted to know about Millennials.
So here is this new awesome breed of humans coming into the workforce and we still have the question of “How to Deal”? So you can’t afford to take your sales team to Sedona for a week long energy vortex, meditation retreat here are a list of some things you can do in your office for a new way of engaging, recruiting and retaining your employees. Don’t forget the Millennial generation likes to work at a place where they feel and are treated like family.
Employee Engagement Tips:
- Walk and Talk Meetings – Take your meeting outside! This is a great way to get outside the box – literally, you’ll see those creative juices flowing immediately.
- Weekly Meal – If your office is mostly or partly remote have at least one day and time together a week and not in a meeting setting but in a relaxed setting like lunch or breakfast.
- Adventures – Yes we are saying it but it’s true, try something different with your staff! They will thank you for caring about them enough to see that you want to do something fun and unique. We have facilitated several large and small organization team building events from a few hours to week long adventure retreats and have gotten excellent feedback from participants.
Our favorite thing to incorporate with any of the tips listed above is to NOT allow any type of technology. So no cell phones, ipads, iphones, computers, etc., therefore people are actually communicating and engaging with one another in the present face to face and not getting distracted with anything else.
Check out when we were guests on Spin Web Radio to hear what we had to say about Company Culture.
Recently we guided a backcountry adventure for Team Film in Charles C. Deam Wilderness – part of Hoosier National Forest. We led 17 amazing women, some of which had never backpacked, or slept on the ground, and most of which never had our s’moreos or rehydrated veggie tacos. It was an amazing experience to have spent the weekend sharing our backpacking skills and campfire stories with these ladies. We made 17 new friends and put together a short video that gives you a snippet of all of us “living our film” in the wild. Click below to view the video on You Tube.
Check out the blog post from Team Film to hear what the ladies had to say about their experience!
We were inspired to write a poem about our weekend with Team Film.
Writing a poem was quite an adventure for us!
“Smells Like High School”
19 women came near and far
Deep in the woods they raised the bar 😉
We hiked eight miles with no complaints
Everyone was smiling even with the dehydrated food we ate
We had Ironwomen, ultrarunners and marathoners in the group
We made up one badass troupe
Lake Monroe greeted us when we arrived
It wasn’t long before we all took a dive
Our neighbors turned out to be friendly in Deam
They even offered to share their bottle of Beam
We drank some beer and sang some songs
We may have stayed up a little too long
The next day came – sun shining bright
We sat by the lake and shared a bite
We packed up our tents and stuffed our packs
It was now time for us to head back
We left our mark that weekend in Deam
For the rest of our lives we’ll love the Team
Testimonials from the Adventure:
“I had no idea that I would meet SO many incredible women. I have 18 new friends — how fantastic is that?? Thank you so much for a great weekend.
The idea of micro adventures is a wonderful way to get introduced to something new. There isn’t a huge investment and you have an opportunity to try something new to see if it is enjoyable. When’s the next adventure?
I have already planned my next camping trip and found an easy backpacking trip to take my fam! If Team Film and DNK Presents didn’t offer this trip, I don’t know if I would have ever backpacked. Thanks Team Film!” — Karen Hale Yott
“What I learned in Deam Wilderness:
- When you spend a day with strangers on a trail carrying a pack, you learn the coolest things about their lives and personalities. It makes me want to pry open the story of more and more women.
- Jim Beam is no one’s friend.
- You should always travel with someone who knows about pressure points and therapeutic teas.
- Women share a bond that is innate and electric. Sometimes we need to get out in the woods to share it and feel it. That’s what happened in Deam.” — Casey Kenley
We came across this article (link below) which has some great tips on learning about plants and animals in the backcountry. As you go out for your summer adventure in the wilderness make sure you are fully prepared. If you can’t make one of our beginner adventures the guide from Flora and Fauna gives you some great survival tips for the backcountry. As always do not attempt to consume any plant or berry that is in question of edibleness. There are many plants and berries that are not edible in the wilderness and it is always best to have a trained professional that is experienced on wilderness survival who is with you to determine whether something is edible or not.
Click here below to read the full article.
We are offering Sunday evening paddle adventures on the White River in Indianapolis this summer. Starting June 7th from 4-6:30 we will dock at Broad Ripple park with our canoes and kayaks for a leisure paddle on the River. These events are first come first serve so if you want to sign up click here. We are looking forward to seeing you on the water this summer!
Is your business looking for something different for an office outing? We offer outdoor adventures for businesses for team building such as canoeing, camping, hiking, learning the basics of the backcountry, and many more! Contact us to learn more about outdoor adventures for your company!
We hope you have an adventurous weekend!
Danielle & Kate