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What to Watch After Seeing 'Wild'

Posted by Loren Drummond at Dec 05, 2014 03:15 PM |

So you've seen Wild, and you're stoked. You want to hit the trail now, but many of the great trails are buried under snow. We've rounded up a few resources and films to help you get your fix while you spend the season planning your own next great adventure.

So you've seen Wild, and you're stoked. You want to hit the trail now, but it's winter and many of the great long trails are already buried under snow. That's why we've rounded up a few resources and films to help you get your fix while you spend the season planning your own next great adventure.

Go hiking, and watch the world along the trail

A glimpse at the Washington section in a new PCT film

Because Strayed's PCT journey ended on the border of Oregon and Washington, you may want to catch a glimpse of northernmost section of the trail. Trip reports are always a great way to explore the diverse and beautiful terrain along the PCT here in Washington.

Thru-hiker Colin Arisman has also just released a documentary, Only the Essential, of his 2013 PCT journey. Catch a screening (Portland, Bend and Spokane events are planned now) or order his DVD.

Trailer 1: Only The Essential - Hiking the PCT from Colin Arisman on Vimeo.

5 months of PCT campsites in 2:20

We like this visual journal of a 2012 northbound thru-hike as told entirely through photos of the changing camps of thru-hikers and photographers Anna (North Star) and Chris (Shutterbug). It will leaving you itching to get out and spend the night someplace beautiful.

An American Ascent: the must-see documentary of the year

Stepping from trail to glaciers and into the world of technical mountaineering, An American Ascent documents the powerful and inspiring story of Expedition Denali—the first all-African-American summit attempt on Alaska's Mount Denali. The essential film and a companion book, The Adventure Gap, by outdoor journalist James Edward Mills, both debuted this year, and make a compelling case compelling case for all Americans to embrace their place in the great outdoors.

An American Ascent - Film Trailer from Distill Productions on Vimeo.

Streaming now on Netflix: Mile, Mile & a Half

If you have a Netflix subscription, check out this documentary about a group of friends and artists taking on the John Muir Trail (which travels along a portion of the PCT in California) during an epic snow year. Check out the trailer below and learn more about the film (or how to stream it if you don't have Netflix).

MILE... MILE & A HALF (trailer 1) from The Muir Project on Vimeo.

Trail journals and wild stories, hosted by the Pacific Crest Trail Association

  • Our friends and partners at PCTA have created a whole section for you to dig into inspiring PCT stories and tell your own.
  • They have also long-hosted trail journals from the hundreds of hikers who have made their own PCT stories in the years since Strayed's iconic hike.

     

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