I have watched the Tell it on the Mountain PCT documentary several times now and I enjoy it every time. It follows a half a dozen hikers as they traverse the Pacific Crest Trail that starts at the Mexican border and runs 2,663 miles to the Canadian border. The journey lasts from April to October and requires hikers to hike on average 20 miles per day. If you wish to know what life really is like then this is a must watch. This film provides a fantastic behind the scenes look at the ups and downs of the trail. Everything from the peaks of happiness to the lows of having to leave he trail.
The fine folks at Tell it on the Mountain have given us a DVD and a Digital Download to giveaway. To enter simply use the widgets below. Happy Trails and Good luck. To learn more about the movie please visit their website.
Here is a list of 8 books that I have read in the past few months that will tug at your inner adventurer and wanderlust.
1. The New American Road Trip Mix tape. by Brendan Leonard
Following in Kerouac and Steinbeck’s tire tracks, a 32-year-old, post-breakup Brendan Leonard hits the road in search of healing and a new, post-economic-downturn American Dream. Sleeping in the back of a beat-up station wagon, he seeks answers—and hopefully, the occasional shower—in the postcard-worthy places of the American West. Learn More.
In the words of The Muir Project Team “In an epic snow year, five friends leave their daily lives behind to hike California’s historic John Muir Trail, a 211-mile stretch from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney (the highest peak in the contiguous U.S.). Their goal — complete the journey in 25 days while capturing the amazing sights & sounds they encounter along the way. Inspired by their bond, humor, artistry & dedication, the group continues to grow: to include other artists, musicians & adventure seekers. Before they all reach the summit, hikers and viewers alike affirm the old adage — it’s about the journey, not the destination. Mile… Mile & A Half is the feature-length documentary of that journey…” – See more at: The Muir Project Website
The trailer for this video hit the interwebs and was quickly spread across all social media outlets. The trailer alone made the John Muir Trail a must do on my bucket list of life. I know I am not the only one who did the same thing. I started to research their project and followed the adventure to get the documentary funded and then completed. The Muir Project team used Kickstarter to successfully help fund the documentary. I funded the video and was able to get a DVD sent to me as a perk for funding the project. When the DVD arrived in the mail I put it directly in the DVD Player and hit play. The excitement to watch it was beyond words.
The Muir Project team did not disappoint. A fantastic adventure of heartbreak, friendship, and determination. Throw in some crazy characters with hundreds of pounds of extra video, sound, and various other equipment and you have a great time. Add in amazing music by Opus Orange and its Aces in my book. If you are hiker, backpacker or even couch adventurer this movie is a must see. They are currently traveling around the United States on a premier tour. To find out their next stops check out their tour schedue.
The Cairngorms in Winter with Chris Townsend is an amazing video produced and shot by Terry Abraham and Narrated Chris Townsend. A Kickstater crowd funded success story that is a must watch. Brilliant views stunning photography and well narrated. I had never heard of the Cairngorms until I had spoken with Terry about his upcoming video project. He was kind enough to share several early clips of what he had been shooting and I feel in love with the breathtaking scenery. Terry and Chris kept us in huge anticipation of the documentary film and I was incredibly excited when the electronic version was sent out to all of the Kickstarter backers several weeks ago.
Terry and Chris describe the Cairngorms from their Kickstarter as this “The Cairngorms is a magnificent mountain range of huge alpine-arctic plateaux rising above deep cliff-lined corries, high passes and remote lochs. Here is found the largest area of land over 800 metres in Britain and the largest remnants of the ancient Caledonian forest. Most of the area lies in the Cairngorms National Park, at 4528 km² over twice the size of the Lake District National Park in England and Scotland’s other National Park, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. The only habitations lie round the edges of the mountain core. This is big country requiring long days and good outdoor skills. The Cairngorms are Britain’s most snowy region and snow can lie long and deep on the mountains. Winter here is harsh but also beautiful and spectacular.”.
The magic of this video is not that of the beautiful sights and scenery but how the documentary is written. It is written and narrated in such a way that we actually see the world through the eyes of Chris Townsend. Chris is a well known and highly respected backpacking, hiking, and backwoods aficionado. His adventure resume alone will have you stunned. With Chris’ knowledge and love for the Cairngorms and Terry’s keen eye a spectacular beautiful documentary was born. A 96 minute eye catching documentary that will have you watching it again and again to make sure you did not miss anything.
You can purchase or rent The Cairngorms in Winter with Chris Townsend from Steep Edge.
To learn more about the documentary please visit Terry’s Blog, Chris’ Blog and the video Sponsor Salomon. You can also follow them on twitter at @terrybnd, @townsendoutdoor and @solomonsports to find out their latest adventures and also keep track of video showings near you.
“The Appalachian Trail : How to Prepare for & Hike It” by Jan D. Curran is an amazing resource for anyone wanting to hike the AT or just wanting to know what it is like to hike the AT. As the title suggests it is more informational than a hiking story. There are lists of which books to read to learn the history of the area, gear suggestions, and my favorite part a list of all of the post offices no more than a few miles off the trail. The one thing I might warn you is the gear information is a little dated however many of the brands that are recommended are still top of many backpackers gear lists just not the models. I highly recommend this as a must read for any aspiring thru-hiker.