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4 Tips to Keep Adventuring as the Seasons Change

The weather is changing but it doesn’t mean you have to stop recreating, check out these tips to keep adventuring this fall and winter season.

Parks, campgrounds, and all types of outdoor recreation areas have seen an increase in attendance this summer and fall. Outdoor gear such as, bicycles, kayaks, canoes, camping/backpack fuel, even floaty tubes have had an all-time record high in sales, many of these items and more are out of stock until spring 2021. I’m glad to see so many new people embracing the great outdoors and trying something new. As the temperatures begin to drop, I wanted to make sure you had some tips to keep adventuring and to make your outdoor experience great – in all seasons. 

1. Invest in proper gear.

There’s nothing I see more than people who come on our trips or adventures and are already off on the wrong foot because they are uncomfortable! Make sure to obtain proper gear for the type of outdoor activity you are embarking on. For example, to keep your feet warm invest in a sock that has wool in it. Wool can absorb up to 30% of its weight in water or moisture so when your feet sweat, they will still keep you warm and dry or if your shoes happen to get wet you will stay warmer longer compared to cotton socks. We’ll be opening up our first in person location with gear for cycling in the next couple weeks, Brown County Bikes, and we just got in our wool cycling socks!

2. Consider taking a Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness Informational course.

With the increase of people exploring the great outdoors comes with an increase in search and rescues. This year DNK Presents was able to host 2 Wilderness First Aid Courses, we had limited number of students and followed CDC and SOLO Guidelines and both courses were greatly successful. If you are venturing out more or know others who have been this year due to COVID-19 you may want to learn more about Wilderness First Aid to keep yourself and others safer. Look for our next programs coming in early spring of 2021 or check out all available courses for SOLO on their website.

3. Follow the principles of Leave No Trace.

Kate and I were lucky to take a training course on Leave No Trace wilderness ethics. There are 7 principles of Leave No Trace, by following their guidelines we can keep the outdoors even better for generations to come

4. Go with a friend.

It’s best practice and safest to adventure with a buddy. If you do go out alone make sure to tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to be done so they know to check in.   

Since the trails have been a little more crowded than usual due to COVID make sure to have a mask with you in case you can’t social distance. We love our new Buffs, we wear them around our necks which makes it super easy to “mask up” in case the trails get crowded.

Fall and winter are one of our favorite times to recreate. With these tips you will be able to stay more active in all seasons and we hope to see you out on the trails soon. Contact us for private group trips, skills clinics or other events this year as well.  

PS: One of our favorite marketing products we use are from Sticker Mule. We just found out about their free background editor​, an awesome way to turn your favorite adventure photos into custom stickers, buttons, magnets or more!

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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 through the American Heart Association 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.

Location: 

Brown County History Center

90 East Gould

Nashville, IN 47448

When: 

Saturday, Sept. 12  8:30am – 5:00pm

Sunday, Sept. 13   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)

COVID-19 Disclaimer: This wilderness medical training consists of didactic and practical skills. During didactic lessons, students will be separated by 6ft in the classroom space. 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. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are requiring students to take additional precautions throughout the course. Students (patients and rescuers) MUST wear gloves, a face mask, and eye protection during ANY hands-on work. With these additional requirements, we are working to reduce the risk that is 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.

Cost: 

Early Bird $179.00 now until Aug. 15th

Full Price $199.00 begins Aug. 16th-Sept. 4th

 

CPR Certification:

Are you interested or do you need to re-certify your CPR? We are offering a 4 hour CPR training after the class on Saturday August 22nd from 5-9pm. If you are interested please sign up below.

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.

Wilderness First Aid Instructors DNK Presents
Wilderness First Aid Instructors DNK Presents

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Wilderness First Aid Course DNK Presents

Wilderness First Aid Course

Wilderness First Aid Course brought to you by DNK Presents! We are very excited to be the host of a SOLO Wilderness First Aid Course 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.

Location: 

Brown County History Center

90 East Gould

Nashville, IN 47448

When: 

Saturday, Aug 22  8:30am – 5:00pm

Sunday, Aug 23   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)

COVID-19 Disclaimer: This wilderness medical training consists of didactic and practical skills. During didactic lessons, students will be separated by 6ft in the classroom space. 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. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are requiring students to take additional precautions throughout the course. Students (patients and rescuers) MUST wear gloves, a face mask, and eye protection during ANY hands-on work. With these additional requirements, we are working to reduce the risk that is 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.

Cost: 

Early Bird $179.00 now until July 31st

Full Price $199.00 begins Aug. 1st-Aug. 7th

 

CPR Certification:

Are you interested or do you need to re-certify your CPR? We are offering a 4 hour CPR training after the class on Saturday August 22nd from 5-9pm. If you are interested please sign up below.

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.

Wilderness First Aid Instructors DNK Presents
Wilderness First Aid Instructors DNK Presents

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Women’s Adventure Contest News Release

                                              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Danielle Wolter Nolan

DNK Presents

317-296-4440

www.dnkpresents.com

DNK Presents Women’s Adventure Contest and Documentary

“Indiana-based” outdoor adventure company DNK Presents is offering an unprecedented program, a Women’s Adventure Contest and Documentary to take place in Indiana. The Indianapolis based outdoor adventure company will select four Indiana women to win a free adventure. DNK Presents owners Danielle and Kate Nolan will lead the adventure, which will take place the weekend of May 12-15, 2016. The four contest winners will disconnect from technology, experience the outdoors, and challenge themselves with new activities. In addition, a select team of inspiring, leading local women will join the adventure trip as activity facilitators.

The contest weekend will also form the basis of a DNK Presents documentary about the significance of women experiencing adventure. “We feel women’s outdoor adventure films, and first-person documentaries are few and far between,” said Danielle Wolter Nolan. “Our film will showcase ordinary women empowering themselves through a variety of activities.”

DNK Presents is actively seeking nominations for this unique experience through February 26, 2016. Nomination submission details and highlights of the women’s adventure weekend activities are available on the DNK Presents website, www.dnkpresents.com.
Danielle and Kate Nolan founded DNK Presents in June 2014, and began offering open sign-up adventures in April 2015. They know that challenging oudoor experiences and reconnecting with nature have transformed them both, personally and professionally. And, they have made it their mission to facilitate the same for others. Danielle and Kate customize adventure packages according to their clients’ goals and expected outcomes. They particularly enjoy working with women’s groups in leadership development and empowerment activities. DNK Presents is a fully insured adventure business. Danielle and Kate are Wilderness First Aid and CPR certified, Leave No Trace trainers and have their lead climbing certification.

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A Conscious Camper’s Tools

A common theme among outdoor enthusiasts is a deep connection with the natural world. Because of this, outdoor enthusiasts are often very conscious of how what they are doing may affect the world around them. The deeper and deeper we get into the wild, the more of a harmful impact we are able to leave on the land surrounding us. But it doesn’t just start from following “leave no trace” principles. It also starts from making sure that the products we buy and use have a reduced footprint of their own.

So why not leave a positive impact and buy items that stay true to the values of an outdoorsmen instead?

Here are a few tools that will reduce your impact on this fine place we call Earth.

  1. Jetboil’s CrunchIt

Whenever you finish up with a butane canister, the question is how can I dispose of this canister? You don’t want to fill landfills with more trash when you know it can be recycled but the problem comes in the form of safety. If there is any gas left, you risk the canister blowing up while it is being recycled. But look no farther!

This butane canister, recycling tool is easy to use and very well priced at about $6 a pop. When using this tool, you are actually puncturing the seemingly empty canister in order to allow it to be safely recycled when pressure is applied. The device will actually vent fuel in a safe manner before fully puncturing, according to their website, just in case. Once you’ve done that, indicate that the canister has been drained of gas by crushing it down or giving it a dent. The actual device is lightweight, rugged, made out of stainless steel, and simply clips onto a carabineer or keying. This simple solution will keep our land clean, one butane canister at a time.

Source: Sierra Club

 

  1. BioLite CampStove

Here’s a fun one. If you’re looking to completely avoid a canister, this might be the way to go. When cooking meals in the outdoors, the more efficient the burn, the happier we are. This device, which only burns wood, is described as being “hyper efficient with performance on par with white gas stoves”. So in other words, your food is going to cook, fast.

On top of that? Instead of wasting the heat energy, it actually harnesses it and converts it into electricity. This means you can plug up any USB-charging device, on the go. Surprisingly, it weighs only about 2.06 pounds and boasts and easy setup. The price at $129.95 may not seem all that attractive at first, but if you’re an avid outdoorsman, this piece may just come in handy, especially when you consider the amount of gas canisters you often find yourself buying and not knowing what to do with. Plus, no gas canister means less weight on your back.

 

  1. Big Agnes Encampment 15

This sleeping bag is made out of 97% recycled material. Made out of nylon, with a synthetic fill, it manages to feel as toasty as down insulation would. It has Insotect Tubic™ which, according to its description is a “revolutionary tubular insulation system” that was engineered with maximum comfort and thermal efficiency in mind. According to Inhabitat, it is “one of the most vegan-friendly” sleeping bags out there.

 

  1. Sea to Summit Wilderness Wash

This cleaning product is biodegradable and phosphate, paraben, and fragrance free. Just a little bit of this product goes a long way. It is gentle on fabrics and skin while being effective when used on dishes and laundry stains. The tough packaging insures that leakage in your pack won’t be a problem. Note that although this is biodegradable, it is still good to keep with leave no trace principles and stay at least 200 feet away from a water source when using this product. From REI, 3 oz. of this stuff will cost you about $4! For how concentrated it is, that’s not bad at all.

It also comes in a pocket version!

 

  1. GearTrade.com

GearTrade is a website for you to recycle your gear! Not only are you saving the Earth from waste, but you are also getting money back for it. How? Think E-Bay or Craigslist. With no image or listing fees, unlimited photos, and great brands, you’ll be sure to love this site. On top of being able to sell your unneeded gear, you can buy some of what you need at a discounted price! Conditions, brands, and sizes are listed and sellers are rated. The site will even compare the item to its retail price!

 

If you have any questions for sellers, you can directly ask them by scrolling down on a listing and typing it up. There are actually quite a few stores and online sites that offer used gear so be on the look out for those others as well.

A word of caution! When it comes to gear that is a matter of safety i.e. climbing rope or a harness, used gear is probably not the best route to go. Make sure to purchase items of safety brand new so as to guarantee that the item will keep you safe upon use.

 

To learn about even more eco-friendly camping gear, check out this article from Inhabitat!

 And while you’re at it, find out what your next adventure with DNKpresents should be, here!

 

Eden Ashebir

DNK Adventure Marketing Intern

Your next adventure awaits…

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June 21st Paddle Adventure on the White River!

“If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.” Dr. SeussDr. Seuss

Join us this Sunday, June 21st from 4:00-6:30pm on the White River in Indianapolis for a leisurely paddle trip! We will meet at the Broad Ripple Art’s Center to launch our boats for an awesome time!

Click here to reserve your spot!

DNK Presents… your next PARTY adventure!

Do you have a birthday, bachelorette party or other special event you want to plan with you and your friends? Let DNK Presents provide you with an adventure to relax, unwind, and enjoy the outdoors.

Danielle and Kate are certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR, Lead Climbing, and have years of experience, mountain biking, hiking, caving, camping and taking trips in the backcountry across the U.S. Their next private adventure is in Costa Rica, stay turned for updates on the website.

See the link to our latest Newsletter here.

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