The morning is cool, the coffee is hot

It's been a while, but it feels good to get out again. I'm sitting at picnic table in the dark cool pre-dawn hours at Mill Creek county park, enjoying a warm drink of coffee and hot chocolate. There are eight others in our group. We're hiking the High Hills of Santee. For some of them, …

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Outdoor Tips – Sleeping Warm

Avoid hypothermia - Never sleep in wet clothes, I tried this once, horrible idea. You should change out of your day activity clothes and into night or sleep clothes. You perspire during the day, and even with layers of clothes it will be likely the inner layers are damp although you may not realize it …

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Hiking South Carolina – Colleton State Park

This one is a little different. With “just” a .3 mile interpretive trail, hiking is not really the main draw, but yet Colleton State Park is a hidden little gem in the South Carolina State Park system. Nestled on the banks of the amazing Edisto River, this 34 acre park serves as the headquarters of …

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Outdoor Tips – Layering

Layer your clothes. Rather than a single heavy layer use multiple thin layers. Layering helps build insulation you can add or remove from to maintain a dry comfort level. Use a wicking base layer; it will help draw moisture away from the skin helping to keep you dry. Remember at least three layers, a wicking …

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Outdoor Tips – Mittens

In frigid temperatures, mittens are warmer than gloves. But also bring a pair of lightweight gloves or glove liners for ease in handling camp chores like tent-pitching and cooking. Forgot the mittens? Hands still cold? Try using a pair of wool socks either as a mitten substitute or as a mitten liner to add layers …

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Outdoor Tips – Keep Dry

On a blustery, cold, or wet day, change into dry warm clothes as soon as you get to camp. Otherwise, sweat which has been collecting all day in your hiking clothes will soon cool and you'll start to feel chilled. Keep your outer layer shell handy, when you stop hiking for put it on the help …

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Hiking South Carolina – High Hills of Santee

Looking for a great one day hike? Then this may be the answer. This passage of South Carolina’s Palmetto Trail snakes through the Manchester State Forest, linking Mill Creek County Park with Poinsett State Park. The High Hills of Santee Passage trail gets its name from the high, rolling sandy dunes, which are part of the …

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