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Five Great Hiking Movies to Inspire Your Next Trek

I thought I would make a list of good hiking related movies. I tried to link all of the movies back to IMDB. The Way Back and The Road are two of my all time favorite movies in any genre.  If you think of a good movie that I missed, feel free to add it to the comment section at the bottom of this post.

Backcountry 2014
I recently caught this film at the Newport Beach Film Festival. I added it to the top of the list because it’s easily the best hiking films I’ve ever seen. Without giving too much away, the story is about two hikers from the city who run into some serious trouble on a backcountry trail. Do yourself a favor and don’t read about the film on IMDB before you actually see it.

1. The Way Back 2010
This is a film about a group of WWII prisoners who escape a Russian gulag and hike several thousand miles across Siberia, the Gobi Desert and finally the Himilayas before reaching freedom in India. This is my all time favorite hiking movie.

2. Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago 2012
I caught this documentary at the Newport Beach Film Festival in 2013. I don’t think it has been officially released, so good luck finding it. This is a documentary about several people who are hiking the ancient El Camino de Santiago trail on a pilgrimage to the the Santiago de Compostela cathedral in Spain.

3. The Way 2010
A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the “El camino de Santiago,” and decides to take the pilgrimage himself. -IMDB

4. The Road 2009
This is one of the most brutal films I’ve ever seen. It’s essentially about a father and son who are trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. They hike through abandoned towns with a shopping cart full of supplies trying to avoid marauders, rapists, thieves and cannibals. This film is almost too depressing to handle in a single sitting. From a visual standpoint, it’s easily one of the best films made in the past ten years.

5. America’s Wild Spaces: Pacific Crest Trail 2010
This National Geographic Documentary is amazing and nearly impossible to find. I can’t find the link to buy it from National Geographic or even rent it from Netflix. This is easily the best documentary ever made about the Pacific Crest Trail. You can download it from Pirate Bay as a torrent.

Honorable Mentions:

SouthBounders 2005
This is a low budget indie film about a group of people hiking the Appalachian Trail. Its feels more like a great documentary than a film. It really makes you want to hit the trail. The only downside to this film is the horrible soundtrack.

127 Hours 2010
It’s not really a hiking movie, but it’s a must-see movie for anyone who hikes. Not to spoil it, but the movie is basically 90 minutes of James Franco stuck in a canyon.

The Lord of the Flies 1990 1963
Both Lord of the Flies movies are classics. I prefer the 1990 version because I saw it in the theater when I was a kid and I feel some nostalgia for it, but most people say the older black and white film was better.

And finally, here is a list of movies on IMDB that a user put together of hiking and nature related films
http://www.imdb.com/list/YCmflZ_Ek0I/?ref_=tt_rls_5

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Take the High Route: The Best High Elevation Hikes Around the World

Taking the high route involves more preparation, both physically and mentally. Our list below of some of the world’s best high elevation hikes will take you to new heights while also possibly allowing you to discover something you didn’t know about yourself.

Inca Trail, Peru

Machu Picchu

While there are other trails that can get you to the famous archaeological ruins of Machu Picchu, none or more famous than the Inca Trail. While you can get to the mythical citadel without making the trek, you will miss out on imposing mountain passes, snow capped peaks visible along the route, cloud forest high in the Andes and the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Inca. The 3-4 day trek can only be done with an approved outfitter and there are limits on the number of people allowed on the trail daily. Plan early as slots fill up fast.

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Climbing to the rooftop of Africa can be a daunting task. While multiple routes exist to summit the continent’s highest peak (19,340 feet), the Machame and Marangu routes are the most popular. The trek can can between 7-8 days depending on the route and will take you through a multitude of ecosystems from tropical jungle to glacial snowfields on your way to the summit. If you desire to see the the snow atop the peak, you better hurry as they are expected to be completely gone within the next decade.

Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal

Mount Everest Nepal

Whether you have a desire to climb the world’s highest peak, making the trek to Everest Base Camp can afford you to walk among giants with views of Mount Everest being the highlight. The route will take you from Lukla, Nepal through beautiful forests, numerous villages and will take you over 19,000 feet before descending back down to EBC. The trek takes about two weeks so allow yourself ample time on the front end of your trip to stay and tour Kathmandu.

Snowman Trek, Bhutan

Taktsang Palphug Monastery, The Tigers Nest, Bhutan

Taktsang Palphug Monastery, The Tigers Nest, Bhutan

Crossing more than 10 passes above 14,000 feet (and some at 18,000 feet), this trek will take more than three weeks and is considered to be one of the most difficult in the world. Located along the Tibet-Bhutan border, this journey will take the most experienced of hikers to Buddhist monasteries perched on the side of cliffs along with experiencing some of the most dramatic landscapes you will ever witness.

Tour du Mont Blanc – France, Switzerland, and Italy

Mont Blanc to Switzerland

As the name implies, this ambitious trek encircles the Mont Blanc massif taking trekkers from France to Italy to Switzerland and back to France. Some 20,000 hikers attempt this adventure each year. While the trek can seem imposing, the trail is well marked, has multiple lodging options, and doesn’t require any real technical skills.

30 Days Timelapse at Sea | 4K | Through Thunderstorms, Torrential Rain & Busy Traffic

30 Days of Timelapse, about 80,000 photos combined. 1500GB of Project files. Sailing in the open ocean is a unique feeling and experience.I hope to capture and share it for everyone to see.

Route was from Red Sea — Gulf of Aden — Indian Ocean — Colombo — Malacca Strait — Singapore — South East China Sea — Hong Kong

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Philip G Anderson – Winter (from 0:00 to 4:37 and 8:00 to 10:00)
Buy Winter here:
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Stellardrone – Billions And Billions (from 4:37 to 8:00)

Camera used: D750, Rokinon 12mm f/2.8
0:32 Milky Way
0:53 Sirius Star (I think) Correction: Jupiter the planet according to some viewers
1:17 Approaching Port of Colombo
1:45 Cargo Operation
2:08 Departure Colombo with Rainstorm
2:29 Beautiful Sunrise
3:13 Lightning Storm at Malacca Strait and Singapore Strait
3:29 Clear night sky Milky Way with lightning storm
4:01 Camera getting soaked
5:09 Arrival Singapore
5:56 Departure Singapore
6:20 Moon-lit night sky
6:48 Another Sunrise
8:30 Headed due north and you can see Ursa Major rotating neatly around Polaris.
8:36 Squid Boats
8:54 Chaotic Traffic
9:15 Arrival Hong Kong

Netflix scout for Narcos TV show found shot dead in Mexico

Company confirms death of location manager Carlos Muñoz Portal in Temascalapa in central Mexico.

A location manager working for the Netflix series Narcos has been killed while searching for places to film when the show moves from Colombia to Mexico for its fourth season.

Continue reading Netflix scout for Narcos TV show found shot dead in Mexico

Mexico: six severed heads found on Christmas Day

Drug war claims another 13 lives in western region riven by murders and violence.

Western Mexico’s plague of violence has continued with the discovery of six decapitated heads in one state and the killing of seven people in another.

Continue reading Mexico: six severed heads found on Christmas Day

Mexico’s monthly murder rate reaches 20-year high

  • Data shows 2,186 murders were committed in May, surpassing May 2011 record
  • Crackdown on organised crime has consumed Mexico for more than a decade

Mexico marked another murderous milestone in its conflict with organised crime as the monthly homicide rate hit its highest level in 20 years.

Government statistics showed that 2,186 murders were committed in May, surpassing the previous monthly high of 2,131 in May 2011, according to a review of records that date back to 1997.

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Irma’s destruction: island by island

The category five hurricane has ripped through the Caribbean, leaving flattened landscapes, flash floods and loss of life


Antigua and Barbuda

Barbuda, the first island to feel the force of Hurricane Irma was devastated by its high winds, with Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, saying 90% of buildings had been destroyed and 50% of the population of around 1,000 people left homeless.  Continue reading Irma’s destruction: island by island

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