Since I was 14 I have been on countless backpacking, camping, and hiking trips. I thought I was educated on gear and how to pack, but this last trip completely changed the way I view my gear and pack. I learned so much more on my time on the John Muir Trail than any other [...]
Congaree National park is ~27,000 acres of gorgeous old growth bottomland hardwood forest, and is the largest one left of it's kind in southeastern America. This area is so unique due to the forest type, the expansive canopy height, and the river floodplain ecosystem. It is a gift that it still exists, thanks to the protection for the park created in 1976.