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Women’s Big South Fork Backpacking

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 1pm. 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!

Trip Itinerary:

Adventure begins Friday March 26th 1pm EST  exact meeting location will be sent out

Adventure ends Sunday March 28th 1pm EST

 

Meet your guides:

Check out our team page!

Candice Baggett and Blair Dietrick

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Cost does not include: 

Transportation to and from starting location

Travel insurance

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!

 

COVID-19 UPDATE:

If there is another lock down or code red situation we will reschedule the trip and a full refund or trip transfer will be available to you.

We will be reaching out to participants 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 weekend trip.

*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 danielle@dnkpresents.com

 

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!

*Backpack

*Sleeping Bag

*Sleeping Pad

*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

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

*DNK Presents provides if you have requested on a first come first serve basis

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

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Kickapoo Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic

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).

Schedule

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!

COVID-19 UPDATE:

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 danielle@dnkpresents.com

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Women’s Intro Backpacking

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!

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 Backpack

Sleeping Bag

Sleeping Pad

Tent (2 person)

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. 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)

Flashlight/headlamp

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

Whistle

Insect Repellent

Hat

Gators (for shoes – optional)

Trekking poles (optional)

Sunburn Preventative

Hand Sanitizer

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)

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.
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Women’s Adventure Contest Documentary

 JOIN OUR MOVEMENT

When is the last time you did something for the first time?

Short Summary

We (Danielle & Kate Nolan – hence DNK) began DNK Presents because we want to encourage a happy, healthy community and lifestyle. We feel we live life to the fullest whether it’s mountain biking, trail running, caving, rock climbing, kayaking, hiking, or backpacking. Whatever it is, we feel that having the balance of nature and outdoor adventures in our lives has made us more successful in our own careers, brought us closer together as a couple, and so much more! We provide guided adventure retreats to individuals, groups and businesses to promote a balanced, happy, healthy lifestyle.We’ve been at this for over a year now. During that time, we’ve witnessed something truly amazing and inspiring time and again – the effect of outdoor adventures on women! Women who’ve taken adventures with us have overcome fears, regained confidence, found strength they didn’t know they had and challenged themselves to step into increased leadership roles.

Be part of the movement! 

Why are we filming a documentary?

We want to get more everyday women out of their comfort zones, experiencing new things, challenging themselves mentally and physically, and living life adventurously. When you do these things you gain confidence, over come barriers, increase problem solving skills, improve relationships, increase productivity and creativity, improve mental and physically health and many other benefits. We want to get women OUTSIDE to show them what all Indiana has to offer and/or reintroduce them to adventure in their life.

Why aren’t there more adventure films featuring women? We want to see every day women, your mom, sister, aunt, neighbor, teacher, friend experiencing life! With this film we will be able to show empowering women in Indiana living life adventurously! We are filming a documentary of this experience so we can show everyone that women belong in the wild, we are strong, confident and why trying something for the first time is so important. The film will show others that everyday women can do these activities and have access to every activity we will be doing.

How are we filming the documentary?

When we decided to do this, we knew it needed to have an authentic, local feel – and we wanted the women in the film to be special. So, we thought “contest!” We came up with the idea to take four women from anywhere in Indiana on a full-fledged, immersive weekend adventure experience, DNK Presents style. Because we specifically wanted to focus on women who NEED adventure, we opted to make the contest a “by nomination” format. Any woman who is overworked, a single parent, has overcome an obstacle, wishes she was more adventurous, or wants to try something new, or maybe all of these can be nominated.
In March of 2016 four women will be chosen to take part in this first-ever DNK Presents Women’s Adventure Contest weekend. All equipment, food, supplies will be provided during the long weekend adventure. These women will be living off the grid for a weekend, disconnecting from technology, reconnecting with themselves and the outdoors. They’ll participate in adventures such as backpacking, paddle boarding, hiking, mountain biking and other surprises along the way.

During the entire weekend, we and our film production partner, Fishers, Indiana-based 12 Stars Media will capture footage that will become our 30 to 40-minute documentary. Some footage will be shot by the 12 Stars Media crew, but a large percentage of it will be shot by us – and by our participants. We believe this hybrid approach is going to make for a very unique, experiential film.

What we Need

Our budget for the DNK Presents Women’s Adventure Contest and Documentary is $20,000. We’re hoping to raise at least $16,750 of that through IndieGoGo. Here’s a rough breakdown of this figure:

  • $13k for the production cost of the film (includes 12 Stars Media’s fees)
  • The remaining $3750 of our IndieGoGo goal will go toward some equipment needs. We own ALMOST everything we need for this weekend, but we need to rent a few things, like mountain bikes and paddleboards for our winning ladies.
  • Also, we’d like to invest in a few more GoPro cameras so we can get some great birdseye footage during the activities. And, we’re going to invest in small, clip-on mics so that the video footage we capture will have crisp, clear audio – especially during the one-on-one interviews with the women and our fireside chats.
  • Lastly, we want these women to have some great grub – and energizing snacks to keep them going. Our estimated food cost for the weekend is just about half of the $3750

What you get

Anybody who donates $100 or more will have his or her name listed in the credits at the end of the film. This benefit is for individuals only. We welcome corporate donors, especially locals. Please contact us by email before donating so we can find the level that works for you and review the benefits with you.

$50 donors will receive a ticket to the film’s premier screening in Indianapolis, a donors-only discount on additional tickets and reserved seating at the screening.

*Please note that each $50 increment gives you one ticket. If you donate $100, you’ll get two tickets, and so forth.

Your contribution to this project will help us achieve our goal of making the contest and film a truly “Indiana” experience. It was important to us when we set out on this journey to feature Indiana women, to partner with Indiana businesses for materials, equipment and film production; and to film right here in one of our beautiful Indiana forests. The last piece of the puzzle for us is to be able to say that the contest and resulting film was primarily funded by Hoosiers.

  • The project will showcase so many great things about Indiana: its people, its  entrepreneurial spirit, its abundant natural beauty, its deep sense of community, and of course….our love of adventure
  • Our film will feature Indiana women, but it will speak to women everywhere and encourage them to reap the benefits of an adventurous life
  • There is a real need for projects like ours to show all women – and even our young girls – what women CAN do. And we can’t complete this project without your support!

Other Ways You Can Help

We recognize that some of you may want to help with a financial contribution but just cannot. That’s okay. There are other ways you can help us reach our goal:

  • Spread the word – everywhere! Share on social media, send an email to your contact list
  • Nominate a woman you know or ask somebody to nominate you!
  • Use IndieGoGo’s share tools
  • Visit our website. Like our FB page. Follow us on Twitter
  • Contact us and let us know where we can go to speak about the contest and documentary. Help us identify locations where a poster about the contest, documentary and fundraiser would be a good fit.
  • Have an idea we haven’t thought of? Contact us! We’re all ears

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