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Favorite Outdoor Films - Part II

Updated: Apr 14

Here's the big round-up of some of our favorite and most adored outdoor films. Again, we are absolute suckers for outdoor films, whether that comes in the form of personal journeys, survival stories, Everest films and/or climbing adventures. All of them capture us and reel us in.

Let's get to it.

Wild Life - A film created by the fabulous duo, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, hits theaters this Friday, April 14th. What they touch turns to gold (think Free Solo featuring Alex Honnold) and their latest film, Wild Life, we are certain, will be no exception.

The documentary film profiles two powerhouses in the world of conservation: Doug (March 20, 1943 - December 8, 2015) and Kris Tompkins. The film brings to life how one couple purchased mass amounts of land in South America to designate as a national park. The land was ultimately given back to the country as a means of conservation. Radical and powerful, our hats are off to these remarkable humans. We cannot wait to see this movie!

Meru - This 2015 film by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi captures the love of climbing and human perseverance in a single movie. Beautifully filmed profiling the depths of three professional climbers: Jimmy Chin, Conrad Anker and Renan Ozturk as they attempt to summit Mount Meru's Shark's Fin. The story that unfolds for each climber is a stunning testament to the human spirit!

Mile Mile and a Half - This down-to-earth documentary films profiles everyday people as they embark on a journey of hiking California's John Muir Trail. The trail is 211 miles that spans from Yosemite National Park to Mount Whitney. It's real, honest and entertaining. Need we say more? It's a goodie for sure!

The Way - Whew, this film staring Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez, gets us every single time we watch it. The story of how one father and son never see eye-to-eye, but ultimately, a pilgrimage along the Camino brings them together.

The story profiles some fabulous character's, all of which are working through something profound personally. It's a fantastic film that allows it's readers to walk the 500 mile Camino de Santiago, which spans from Saint Jean Pied de Port in France, to Santiago de Compostela in Spain with the crew.

The Alpinist - This film profiles Marc-André Leclerc and his love of climbing big mountains. He is like nothing this world has ever seen, with his casual and fearless attachment to the mountains. Big mountains are a calling that he must answer time and time again. Life is simple on the mountain and this film profiles his incredible journey. Raw and tragic, this is a dynamic film.

14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible: Climbing all of the world's highest peaks in a single stretch is a truly remarkable feat. Nimsdai Purja, a Nepali mountaineer, has skills that leave the audience contemplating if this man is superhuman.

What we appreciated the most about Nimsdai (in addition to his crazy endurance and fortitude) is his recognition of the Sherpa people. This is a film for anyone who dares to believe in the impossible.

There you have it, our round-up of some, though not all, of our favorite outdoor films. Enjoy on a rainy weekend with a great cup of coffee. For part I of this series, please have a look here.


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