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!
Adventure begins Friday March 20th 1pm exact meeting location will be sent out
Adventure ends Sunday March 22nd
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
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