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    Congaree Swamp National Monument 2013 Feb 1-3

    Went down near Columbia SC to hang in the Congaree Swamp this weekend.
    Congaree is the last old growth floodplain (swamp) on this continent.
    The oldest trees are believed to be 1700 years old.

    Met up with Muskrat and friends, Jake, Win, Kelly, and Rick. Trailnames to be determined.
    It was good to see Rick again and it's always good to hang with Muskrat and meet some new friends.
    We camped at the Bluff Camping area, an area about the size of half a football field with several campsites around the edge.





    We had several styles of hammocks.








    This is a Warbonnet Blackbird, 1.7 oz double with Whoopie Slings.
    Insulation is a JRB Mount Washington 4 with an Old Rag Mountain quilt inside.
    I bought this customized MAC Cat Deluxe tarp from a member on the forum and had the Zipper Queen put these black doors on it.
    Looks pretty sharp doesn't it?







    Several of the guys burned some cow for supper.



    Muskrat taking care of the promotion.


    It was 22 degrees Friday night. That is unseasonably cold for South Carolina, but we all did well.
    There is no bad weather, just bad gear.



    Here is the group in front of what used to be the largest Loblolly Pine in the state.
    L-R Swampfox, Jake, Kelly, Muskrat, and Win


    This one was discovered in this forest and is designated as the largest Loblolly Pine in the world.


    Here are some pictures of the Swamp.










    To me, this is a facinating place to visit. It's unlike any other environment that you're likely to find and there is a little bit of history here too.

    These swamps were the stomping grounds for Colonel Francis Marion.

    Francis Marion (c. 1732 February 27, 1795[1]) was a military officer who served in the American Revolutionary War. Acting with Continental Army and South Carolina militia commissions, he was a persistent adversary of the British in their occupation of South Carolina in 1780 and 1781, even after the Continental Army was driven out of the state in the Battle of Camden.

    Due to his irregular methods of warfare, he is considered one of the fathers of modern guerrilla warfare, and is credited in the lineage of the United States Army Rangers. He is known as the Swamp Fox.

    ...and now you know, the rest of the story.
    He is your friend, your companion, your defender... he is your dog. You are his life, his leader, and master. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of that devotion.

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    Smile Good times and great pictures!

    Thanks for the posting, someday I'm going to have to drive over and check that out, but never,never in summer! Glad you guys had a good time and hope to see you at the Chattooga Hang in April.

    Lazybee
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    Wow!

    Nice pics and thanks for sharing.
    I paddled there when it was a Monument and after it became a N.Park.
    It would be a wonderful place for a group hang.

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    I hate I missed hanging with y'all this weekend. Looks like a great trip. Glad everyone stayed warm. Great pics.
    and then

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    Neat report, thanks for sharing. I always enjoy seeing other parts of the country!
    Brian
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    Father. Husband. Scoutmaster.

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    looks like a good time. i've wanted to camp there for a while now. ever done any camping deeper in off the trails?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MedicineMan View Post
    Nice pics and thanks for sharing.
    I paddled there when it was a Monument and after it became a N.Park.
    It would be a wonderful place for a group hang.
    Funny you should mention that...I'm considering hosting one there later this year. Gotta get up with Ricegravy (if anybody remembers THAT guy) and see if/when he's available, 'cause I've been trying to drag him into the woods.

    Looks like y'all had a blast, though!
    Vice-Chairman, Palmetto State Hangers

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    Looks like a place only an ogre could love... and a deerfu! Nice pics! I love those swamps

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    Quote Originally Posted by LazyBee View Post
    hope to see you at the Chattooga Hang in April.

    Lazybee
    I plan to be there. See you then.


    Quote Originally Posted by MedicineMan View Post
    It would be a wonderful place for a group hang.
    Quote Originally Posted by Gresh View Post
    Funny you should mention that...I'm considering hosting one there later this year.
    Looks like y'all had a blast, though!
    The area we camped in is no longer available for groups. They want them to camp in the Longleaf area right next to the parking lot.
    If everyone went as an individual, it should be ok. Don't call it a group.
    I've attached a few pics of Longleaf. Advantages... close to the cars, Dutch Ovens, port-a-jons.


    Quote Originally Posted by chickenwing View Post
    I hate I missed hanging with y'all this weekend. Looks like a great trip. Glad everyone stayed warm. Great pics.
    Wish you could have made it CW. It was a great weekend.


    Quote Originally Posted by Lamph View Post
    looks like a good time. i've wanted to camp there for a while now. ever done any camping deeper in off the trails?
    I've never done that but I really like the area around Wise Lake.
    The only problem I have with camping in the back country is that fires are not allowed.
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    He is your friend, your companion, your defender... he is your dog. You are his life, his leader, and master. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of that devotion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deerfu View Post
    Looks like a place only an ogre could love... and a deerfu! Nice pics! I love those swamps
    I agree deerfu.
    The swamp is a different kind of beauty. I really enjoy camping in there.
    The ranger said April is a good time to go if you want to see more wild life. The snakes, lizards, and butterflies are out and the insects aren't full force yet.

    swampfox
    He is your friend, your companion, your defender... he is your dog. You are his life, his leader, and master. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of that devotion.

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