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A Movie About Backpacking — What a Great Idea!

By January 18, 2013

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Aerial view of the Grand Canyon - NPS PhotoHave you ever gone to adrenaline-charged ski and snowboarding movies from the likes of Warren Miller and Teton Gravity Research? I love watching them, but I don't go as much lately because they always inspire me to get out on the slopes.

What's wrong with that, you ask? What's wrong is that I'm pretty much fatally clumsy on a snowboard -- on my last attempt I caught some really spectacular, but totally unintentional, air. Headfirst. On the bunny slope! So, yeah. There's a reason I stick to hiking.

Still, I love movies about outdoor pursuits. I'm also way better at hiking than I am at snowboarding (not that that's very hard to manage) -- so I was (am) beyond stoked to discover Backpack the Grand Canyon. Looks like it's both a practical guide to the trails and a video tour/documentary/guide(?) to the scenery of sorts. It's even won some film festival awards. I must have it.

Is this a thing? Is there a whole genre of hiking/backpacking films out there that I've been missing out on?

Photo NPS Photo: An aerial view of the Grand Canyon, looking toward the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers. See the Grand Canyon NPS photostream on flickr.

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