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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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DNK Presents women's backpacking

Wild Women’s Advanced Backpacking

Backpack the entire 42 mile Tecumseh Trail with us this June 19-23rd!

Join DNK Presents as we take you on the first 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 8-12 miles each day to complete the trip on Sunday June 23rd. 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 extremely advised. 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 Wednesday June 19th meet at Morgan-Monroe State Forest Tecumseh Trailhead

Adventure ends Sunday June 23rd Yellowwood State Forest and Hoosier National Forest boundary

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. All food provided is vegetarian 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.

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!

 

*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

Wild Women’s Backpack Overnight

Hello wild women backpackers! This is the first DNK Present’s women’s backpacking of the summer and we are headed to a beautiful section of the Tecumseh trail in Central Indiana. This is an Intermediate to Advanced hike, the trail is rugged with switch backs and tough terrain. It is an out and back trail, you will hike 8-9 miles in and 8-9 miles out the next day starting in Yellowwood State Forest. DNK Presents guides will go over and practice Leave No Trace ethics, how to prepare meals in the backcountry, filter water, make fire and do it along side our favorite outdoor backcountry women! Grab your boots, your best friends and meet us in the wilderness! DNK Presents will provide meals, water filteration system, mess kit, etc. Some rental gear is available for you on a first come first serve basis, sign up ASAP if you want in on this adventure! 

If you have questions please contact us hello@dnkpresents.com  

Itinerary:

9am meet in Yellowwood State Forest

10am Begin hike into the backcountry along Tecumseh Trail

4pm Arrive at the backcountry area campsite

Make dinner, share stories that evening around the campfire, learn to how to hang food, make fire, hunt bear, whittle swords, etc!

7:30am wake up, make breakfast, stretch!

4pm Arrive back at the parking lot, celebrate!

 

Equipment DNK Presents can provide on a first come first serve basis: 

Backpack

Sleeping Bag

Sleeping Pad

Tent (2 person)

Headlamp

Trowel

Backcountry cookware

*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.

The full gear list for the weekend below.

 

Gear list and recommended clothing:

Tent or hammock (we can also provide)

Flashlight/headlamp

Extra batteries for flashlight/headlamp

Snacks/Extra food

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

Whistle

Insect Repellent

Hat

Gators (for shoes – optional)

Trekking poles (optional)

Sunburn Preventative

Hand Sanitizer

Plastic or zip lock baggies for storage of small items

Bathroom “Kit” – zip lock bag, wipes – you may want to duck tape the outside of your waste bag or use a dark bag

Baby wipes or face wipes

Zip lock bags for small items

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) – 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 items

 
Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures, kill nothing but time.
 
Please contact Danielle at 812-449-6134 or email danielle@dnkpresents.com with questions
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The Trail Blazing Women of Purple Ink


Lightening soared and thunder erupted as I headed to Morgan Monroe State Forest (http://www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/4816.htm) to meet the women of growing organization, Purple Ink. Purple Ink is a human resources consulting firm, which offers customization and flexibility, with locations in Indianapolis and Grand Rapids, MI. I’m sure these women were a little hesitant driving down with their co-workers during the rainstorm that was making it’s way through the vast, open cornfields. Luckily their fearless leader, JoDee Curtis was confident the adventure hike would go on.

As we approached the Tecumseh trailhead the first trail blaze on the tree invited us to partake on our journey into the wilderness. The Tecumseh Trail is named after Chief Tecumseh, who often traveled the trail prior to the defeat of his warriors by General William Henry Harrison at the Battle of Tippecanoe on November 7, 1811. More information on Chief Tecumseh can be found here:

http://www.history.com/news/6-things-you-may-not-know-about-tecumseh

The Tecumseh Trail blaze in Indiana is marked by a white rectangle. The portion of the trail we were on coincides with the Low Gap trail, which is marked by a white diamond. When you see a double blaze together it means the trail is taking a change of direction, road crossing, or other indication of variation on the trail.

 

Trail blazes direct our passage through the wilderness, and guide us along the correct path. We found out through our adventure hike that day that the women of Purple Ink were blazing their own trails in their personal and professional lives. The owner of Purple Ink, JoDee Curtis, blazed her trail by starting the business 6 years ago. She told the story of hiring the first employee, who announced on the trip that day, she was pregnant!

 

Another employee told the story of when she started working at Purple Ink. She wanted to start working again after taking many years off to be with her family, but was nervous about being inefficient on the latest technology. She admitted, the last time she was working, email was not even around. She knew she could do the job though, but she could not have succeeded without the support and strong leadership of the entire Purple Ink team.

 

The clouds cleared, and the rain luckily dispersed, we quickly were all able to delayer our ponchos and rain gear. The women devoured their first backcountry meal on an MSR stove, they learned about the latest technology in filtering water with our gravity bag, and the principals of Leave No Trace (https://lnt.org/).

 

The women of Purple Ink definitely blazed their own trail through the backcountry that day. Their initial fear of the dark, stormy gloom quickly passed as they made their way deep into the woods. As in life, we sometimes have dark days, and go through trying times, but with the support and encouragement from our team and co-workers, we can get through most obstacles together. These women are most definitely blazing trails in their careers, in their family life, and in the community. I am excited to see where the trail leads them next.

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