Pot Cozy Workshop

DYI Pot Cozy Workshop

Do it Yourself Pot Cozy Workshop with us this winter at North Mass Boulder.

Come craft with us! We will be making pot cozies for our backpacking cook pots- an insulating layer that helps to cook meals faster in the backcountry, save fuel, & keep your dinner or morning coffee warm. 🙂
This is an easy craft to up your game with backcountry cooking. DNK will provide all materials & templates– join us for an evening hang to craft & chat about our trip goals for 2022! You are welcome to grab dinner or a beverage from the Top Out Cafe during the workshop.


When: Tuesday Feb. 15th 6-8pm

Where: Top Out Cafe conference room at North Mass Boulder: 1411 Roosevelt Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46201

Leaders (Guidess): Blair Dietrick, Darlene Patterson

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Backpack Essentials DNK Presents

Backpacking Series: What’s in your pack?

“What’s in your Pack?” is part of the Backpacking Series of 3 events taking place this spring in Indiana. 

The Backpacking Series workshop will be a great opportunity to prepare for upcoming backpacking trips, whether with DNK or on your own!

In this workshop we will lay out the contents of a fully loaded backpack for the group to see & discuss, as well as construct a tent. We will then review participant’s packs and discuss group gear options such as water filters, stoves, cook kits, etc. Then we will check out the DNK Presents gear library & generate a list of gear needed by participants. After a break for lunch there will be an optional hike with our packs in Brown County together!

Workshop Itinerary:

Date: Saturday April 17th 10am-12pm EST Workshop

12pm Lunch (bring your own or join us for lunch at a local restaurant in the town of Nashville, Indiana

1-2pm Hike in Brown County – exact trail TBA

Workshop Location:

Brown County Bikes

185 S Jefferson St. Suite A Nashville, IN 47448

Cost: $12.00 per person

Cost does not include: Transportation to & from Brown County Bikes, lunch. 

Cost does include: Instruction from 2 professionally trained women guides.


“What’s in your Pack” is part of a Backpacking Series of 3 events.

What’s in your Pack – Workshop day event $12.00 per person

Intro to Backpacking – Overnight backpacking trip in Shades State Park $159.00 per person

Beginner Backpacking – Overnight (with an option for a Friday night camp out as well) along the Knobstone Trail at Delaney Creek Park $199.00 per person

Total for all three events: $370.00 – save $30 when you sign up for all three!

*Sign up for two events receive $20 off with code Save20 

*Sign up for all three events receive $30 off with code Save30 Regular Price: $370.00, Discounted Price: $340.00


Meet Your Guides: Check them out on our team page too!

Darlene Patterson

Darlene Patterson DNK Presents Guide
Darlene Patterson DNK Presents Guide

Darlene Patterson’s outdoor experiences are extensive and varied.  By canoe, they include thru-paddling the 740-miles of the Northern Forest Canoe trail (in 28.5 days), paddling a dugout canoe on the Amazon river in Peru, and working summers as a guide/instructor at the Voyageur Outward Bound school near Ely, MN.  There have been 3 trips exploring above the arctic circle (both in Canada and Norway), as well as backpacking on trails that include the Appalachian Trail, Red River Gorge, and the Knobstone Trail.  

When safely tucked back into life in central Indiana, her days are spent teaching art in an elementary school and making work in her Patterson Pottery studio.





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.






Gear list and recommended clothing:

Wear comfortable clothing & bring hiking boots & layers (including rain gear!) if you plan to join on the hike following the workshop.

Please bring your fully loaded personal pack and some snacks! We will be sending out a gear/packing list prior to the workshop.


Looking for a place to stay in town?

Check out The Brown County Barn Burner – this is where Brown County Bikes is located, you can literally stay above the bike shop, how cool! Come hang out with us!



If there is another lock down or code red situation we will reschedule the workshop 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 workshop.

*If you have any questions regarding our procedures that are being taken to keep you safe and healthy please feel free to email Danielle at


Creating Safe Spaces:

The Backpacking Series is focused on creating a safe space for women and empowering more women to feel more comfortable and confident in the outdoors. If you are a woman or a person who identifies as female you are welcome to join us!

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DYI Handlebar Mount Bikepacking

Do it yourself and make your own Handlebar Mount for Bikepacking or any type of biking or cycling. Join us on Facebook. Live May 13th at 8pm EST. For just $17 (early bird) $20 (full price) you will get all the supplies you need to make your own handlebar mount. 

Our DNK Adventures’ host Tiffany *Hutch*  Hutchens will take you through the steps of assembling the harness, as well as facilitate discussion on bikepacking FAQs and resources to help build your bikepacking and cycling stoke! Let’s build this thing and the community!

*Please sign up by May 8th at the latest so we can send you the materials in the mail.

Cost: $17.00 until May 5th price increase to $20.00 on May 6th

The cost includes:

  • Lightweight, but very durable corrugated plastic ‘sheet’, cut to size
  • Two pieces of webbing
  • Two strap buckles
  • Two attachment extenders (the use of these will become clear later)
  • One piece of rubber or webbing tie that we are calling the tail
  • Two pieces of paper with directions and a measurement template
  • One awesome DNK Presents sticker
Handlebar Mount DNK Presents
Handlebar Mount DNK Presents
What you will need to provide:
  • Exacto knife, preferably one with thicker blades like for cutting carpet
  • A safe cutting surface like a carpet square, or multiple layers of cardboard
  • Ruler
  • Sharpie marker
  • Butter knife or something to aid in pushing the webbing through the slits in the plastic
  • You may want to have your sleeping back sack or another cylinder shaped object that can be used to help shape the harness


This DIY craft is like no other as you are creating a fully functional handlebar harness for all of the bikepacking trips you’ve been fantasizing about! Let’s face it, we don’t want to spend all of our pandemic relief check on bike gear, (well…) and this is a no-sew, no-glue, no-power tools way to display innovation, resourcefulness, and pride on your ‘rig’. That’s bikepack speak for fully- loaded bike. 

If you miss the live broadcast, don’t fret we will email you a link to watch it at a later time. Do us a favor and tell your friends about this awesome event, but please do them a favor by encouraging them to sign up for the next one to get the right supplies and full experience!

Handlebar Mount DNK Presents
Handlebar Mount DNK Presents
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