Primitive Camping, Kayaking and Outdoor Skills
in Francis Marion National Forest
Winter in the Lowcountry is one of the best times to camp and explore the wilderness in our own backyard and Francis Marion National Forest supplies us with an incredible landscape to explore and learn. We are offering 3 day/2 night weekend expeditions to explore several of the habitats which include upland forest, bottomland hardwood swamp, and managed wetland impoundments.
The adventure begins with a half-day kayaking paddle through the bottomland hardwood swamps into our campsite. Once there, we'll set up camp and take our time learning multiple survival skills and hiking the diversified ecosystems. Francis Marion is a haven for diversified flora and fauna, including orchids, long leaf pine, deer and turkeys, and is crucial habitat for endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers.
Coastal Expeditions guide Kevin Regan is leading this expedition and bringing his extensive knowledge for primitive camping with him. He's a great teacher, offering workshops in fire-making throughout the year and leading multi-day camping trips for our REI Adventures clients.
Each weekend expedition will be tailored to the group and weather and will offer in-depth opportunities to learn skills like fire friction (bow drill and bamboo saw), quartz and steel fire striking, deadfall traps, natural cordage making, snare traps, proper fire building techniques, useful and edible plants, natural navigation and primitive shelters.
This is a great opportunity for families, people preparing for longer thru-hikes, and lovers of the outdoors. Our guides are certified in kayaking, life guarding and advanced first aid and CPR to provide a safe experience for participants.
The next expedition is scheduled for February 18-20, Presidents Day weekend. This is a holiday weekend for many, including Charleston County School System, allowing us to extend into Monday as part of this experience.