"I didn't know if I would be
physically strong enough to complete this trip, but I learned that I am
both physically and mentally stronger than I knew. It also felt good to
be so capable, whether we were setting up our tent, filtering our own
water, or hiking 12 miles with our own 35-pound backpack. It taught me
that even things that seem impossible are possible if you try it and do
"This is better than the
Brazilian Buns workout!"
"I absolutely loved every bit of
"All the swimming that we did in
lakes, rivers, creeks is one of my favorite memories. I will never
forget swimming across that part of Lake Jocassee, climbing up those
rocks to see the amazing waterfall behind them, and then jumping off of
the cliff back into the lake."
"The most memorable positive
moment has to be when we went to the waterfall and jumped off the ledge.
I really enjoyed jumping and the most amazing time on this trip."
"I had such a great time and it
was fun getting to know everyone that I wouldn't have otherwise. The
whole experience was great and I will never forget it. Thank you!"
"I thought that the area was
amazing and the trails were beautiful."
"The trail was good - anyone in
moderate shape could complete it. It wasn't too hard and wasn't too easy
either. The scenery was nice and the places to swim were great."
"I would definitely go on
another backpacking trip. Overall, I had an amazing time. It's a great
challenge and good way to get into shape."
"I loved that there was so much
water for us to go swimming in at the campsites, and the entire time the
trail was beautiful."
"The choice of area/trail was
splendid with the enchanted forests."
"The steep uphill portions
really tested my mental strength, and I was really proud when I pushed
through to the top and kept going instead of taking the break for which
my body begged me. It was really great to see everyone overcome their
own challenges and support each other through it all."
"I learned that I can do a lot
of things that I had no idea I could. I learned that my tolerance for
cold water is higher than I ever thought. I learned that everyone has
limits, but in the end no matter how slow/fast you go, we all get to the
end feeling the same sense of accomplishment."
"I learned that I have more
strength to just keep chugging than I ever thought I did. It is this
kind of perseverance that I will remember when situations get difficult;
I know I can tap into this inner power to pull through and finish!"
"I learned that I had a lot of
leg strength but most importantly I learned that my mental strength is
"I loved the feeling of
accomplishment at the end."
"I also loved experiencing the
wilderness in general while getting to know people who I have not talked
to before. I enjoyed how well our group bonded and everyone was
accepting of everyone else."
"I enjoyed learning the ability
to live off the things that I carry on my back."
"The two best things were the
scenery and the camaraderie - two things I would want to experience
again in a heartbeat."
"I learned that if I really put
my mind to it, I can overcome a challenge. I also learned that I can be
determined and have willpower, which I usually lack."