You love to spend time outdoors, but you can still enjoy a movie on the couch — especially if that chill time involves an inspiring outdoor documentary.
These 5 flicks are guaranteed to captivate your imagination, then inspire you to get back outside.
1. 180 Degrees South
This film chronicles the slow but inspiring journey of Jeff Johnson as he recreates Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard’s 1968 trip to Patagonia. The visuals are breathtaking, the soundtrack is soothing, and it’s a fascinating look at the man behind one of the biggest outdoor brands of all time.
2. Beyond The Edge
With a hard-to-pull-off blend of archival footage and skilled reenactments, this film retells the first ascent of Mt. Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953. Watch it if you want to know what really happened during the “last great adventure” on the planet.
3. Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau
This documentary offers thrills alongside sobering truths. Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau is a fascinating look at the life of one of Hawaii’s most iconic big wave surfers. It’s also a sobering exploration of the rampant racism that Native Hawaiians faced as the tourism industry grew on the island. With its rich combination of archival imagery, dramatic reenactments, contemporary interviews and meticulously researched historical source material, it’s a heartbreaking story every surfer should know.
This heartfelt documentary is a personal look at the adrenaline-fueled life of Shane McConkey, a pioneer of freeskiing and ski base jumping. Compiled from more than 1000 hours of footage shot over McConkey’s lifetime, it’s an inspiring look at the legacy one athlete left to the progression of his sports, and the path he paved to conquer his dreams.
5. Desert Runners
‘Desert Runners’ showcases the mental, emotional and physical challenges of one of the most grueling feats on earth: four 250K runs in a single year through some of the hottest, driest, most barren places on the planet.