7 Great Outdoor Adventure Documentaries

Top list of adventure documentaries

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Not only do I love researching places to go and things to do as well as the actual traveling, I also love watching other people enjoy outdoor adventures. It not only gives me entertainment, but it motivates me to seek my own adventures. Below are some of the shows and documentaries we have enjoyed lately, while we’re at home planning our own globe-trotting. What are you favorite outdoor shows or movies? We’re always looking for more recommendations 🙂

  1. Losing Sight of Shore – a film about six women (four at a time) who rowed (!) across the Pacific Ocean unsupported. Currently (as of July 2017) on Netflix
  2. Mile . . . Mile & A Half – a hiking documentary about a group of artists who hiked the John Muir Trail. AMAZING photography and videography. I own a digital copy because I enjoy watching it so often. It is currently on Amazon Prime Video for free, or you can buy a copy on their website http://themuirproject.com/
  3. Maiden Trip – a documentary about the youngest person to sail around the world. A young dutch girl who was 14 at the time of departure – this film makes me inspired to have GRIT and reach for the stars! Great coming of age story as well as adventure and travel. Free on YouTube or available for purchase here – http://www.maidentrip.com/
  4. Paddle for The North – a group of friends who decide to go on a epic paddling trip in the Yukon, while filming about the Peel Watershed, a large wilderness area in Canada that is currently undeveloped. Really wonderful scenery and information about this cause, as well as the strength needed to complete such a arduous trip. Available for purchase or rent here – http://paddleforthenorth.org/the-peel-river
  5. Unbranded – four young texans adopt wild mustang horses for a camping trip from the Mexican to Canadian borders. This film is about the issue of wild horses in the American West as well as a adventure documentary. Check it out here – http://watch.unbrandedthefilm.com/ or for free on Netflix.
  6. Finding Traction – the inspirational story of ultra runner Nikki Kimball’s quest to become the fastest person in history to run America’s oldest hiking trail, the 273-mile Long Trail. This film gives lovely footage of the Long Trail in Vermont, as well as shows you the strength it takes to participate in this sport. Watch for free on Amazon prime video, YouTube, or Netflix streaming.
  7. Valley Uprising – a film about the history of rock-climbing in Yosemite Valley, one of the most gorgeous places in the world (in my opinion ;). It discusses the sport, as well as the many “dirt-bags” who helped build and revolutionize rock-climbing. Find it for free on Netflix streaming.

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