Although we were connected on Facebook, I didn’t get to actually meet American Dorje in person until I visited South Carolina (for the first time) on this trip. He’s high energy, full of curiosity, and enjoyed keeping the rangers on their toes. Getting to explore South Carolina’s only National Park, Congaree, with him was a real pleasure!

Name / Trail Name: American Dorje

What’s your primary activity on public lands? Hiking and photography

What do you do when you’re not adventuring? Meeting cool people like Michelle

Why is Congaree National Park special to you? It’s a surprise. I typically enjoy more vertical hikes. It just goes to show you how rich and diverse our national parks are.

When did you first learn about Congaree NP? When I moved to Columbia in 1995.

Any other favorite spots you recommend? Asheville, NC has some wonderful trails and it’s only a few hours away.