documentary – Surviving the Outback

Michael Atkinson places himself in the historic predicament of two stranded German aviators in 1932 to see if the his skills as a survival instructor, pilot and adventurer will allow him to escape to the nearest civilization.

It is a gripping film.

I learned a lot about surviving in the harsh Australian coastal wilderness.

The most remarkable feature of this documentary is its mode of filming. It is not performed by any film crew that follows his journey. It is single-handedly managed by Mike through drones and cameras so it preserves the natural element. The breathtaking pictures of the ocean, varied shades of the waters, flora and fauna of marine sea and the natural cliffs along the coast paint an excellent landscape for the viewers. It manages to take one to an unexplored world …

 Watch the hour long documentary FREE on TubiTV.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2020

I attended the 3rd Annual (Gainesville FL hosted) Wild & Scenic Film Festival (WSFF).

It was hosted by The Florida Trail Association.  Good people.

For this outdoor screening, we chose a unique program of environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty. They also show the challenges facing our planet and the communities working to protect it.

It was clear to me too that diversity was important in the selection of the 14 films.

Hillary Van Dyke & Angie Riviere of Outdoor Afro were there, for example.

Hilarious stories of how African Americans are greeted on the trail.  😀

 Please white folks: “Just say HI.”  

Click PLAY or watch the trailer on YouTube.

The 1400+ mile Florida Trail is mostly maintained and improved by volunteers. YOU could join a work crew. Sign up here:

floridatrail.org/volunteer/

PCT documentary – “Elevation Change” with Sam Fox

 Sam Fox sets out to break a trail running speed record on the Pacific Crest Trail, and to raise money in honour of his mother’s Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis.

It doesn’t take long before Sam realizes he’s in way over his head.  

Scott Williamson, already 17 days ahead of Sam on the trail, is also attempting a new record, but for very different reasons.

The full documentary will be available VOD on October 1st.

Click PLAY or watch the trailer on Vimeo.

documentary – The High Sierra Trail

Available on Amazon Prime, Google Play and iTunes. (39 minutes)

… bounces back and forth between the modern experience of hiking the High Sierra Trail, and the early 1900’s when the trail was created.

Join Chris as he drives his friend John to insanity over 6 days in the Sierra Nevada. Together they have some close calls with lightning, climb the highest mountain in the continental US, and discover the history of the trail.

Click PLAY or watch a trailer on YouTube.

related – Social Hiker – Hiking the High Sierra Trail – An Overview

Unbounded – Greater Patagonia Trail documentary

“Unbounded” shows the beauty, the cultural richness but also the challenges of this trail network. I highly recommend watching this work of art to all prospective hikers as part of their preparation.
Jan Dudeck (creator of GPT)

Four young people who didn’t know each other at the start hiked 4 months on the Greater Patagonia Trail in Chile.

Only one had much experience hiking.

They made plenty of mistakes. Carried huge packs. At the start they could only manage about 7km / day.

The Greater Patagonia Trail is a route, not a trail. It’s unsigned. It’s wilderness. It’s very challenging.

Despite many, many problems, the documentary turned out to be quite entertaining. I recommend it.

Click PLAY or watch the trailer on YouTube.

I watched on Amazon Prime. But it is available on other video streaming sites.

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