Camping and backpacking – Many people are lacking the desire, or even more so lacking the knowledge of how beautiful this world is beyond the concrete jungles we all live in. The solitude, the quiet, the possibility to not be drilled by the 9-5 grind, the pure awe of being in a place untouched by man, in its natural state, untamed. It’s all part of what makes spending time in the great outdoors so beautiful.
It’s like the TV has become our counselors, like our phones have started to replace our friends, and fast food is the new five-star dining. The world is lacking substance, there’s no meaning to anything in modern society anymore, it’s like the planet we live on is no longer appreciated.
If you’ve ever had the experience of sleeping under the stars with the sound of waterfalls and crickets, you know what I’m talking about. You can have true conversations with friends without pulling out your phone to check every five minutes for the latest update, its being able to not have to worry about what time of day because you have no obligations, its being able to sleep with no sounds of helicopters and sirens and cars rushing down the highway. It’s the most peaceful experience that you can ever have in my honest opinion.
My name is Gabe, I’m 25 years old, and I’m hopelessly addicted to the great outdoors. Fly fishing, backpacking, camping, kayaking, climbing, etc. If it’s outdoors you name it, I’m in.
Besides the camping trips with my family when I was young, my obsession with the great outdoors started when I was about sixteen years old. Some friends of mine decided that they wanted to plan a backpacking trip to the Chattooga River Trail, where they had all hiked before as boy scouts. I, myself, was never a boy scout, at least I wasn’t anything more than a cub scout when I was a little boy, so it goes without saying that I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
The grueling seven-mile trail was brutal (I would laugh at a seven-mile trail these days). I wore work grade boots, I packed jeans, heavy coats, and was so ill-prepared, but it lit a flame in me like nothing ever has. I felt a sense of home on that trip, and even to this day hiking that trail I get the same feeling. I felt as if my spirit was lifted the moment that I smelled that fresh mountain air. I slept in a terribly ragged tent with a borrowed sleeping bag, I had terrible blisters on my feet, and all I really ate was some trail mix, tuna and crackers, and peanut butter.
It’s been a long journey since that trip almost 10 years ago. I’ve learned new skills, I’ve learned how to make different gear work for me, and most of all I keep finding ways to be more and more minimal when making my trips. Needing less and less gear each time I go truly gives me a one-with-nature feeling. Although I have so many more places to hike, fly fish, and adventure, I don’t regret any of the time that I have or will spend in North Georgia.
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