BEST OUTDOOR DOCUMENTARIES

For outdoor enthusiasts, there are lots of times that they need to work/study but the only thing that they want to do is to go out and jump into nature. If you love nature from the heart, you always have this hunger for new adventures. Here are some outdoor documentaries that will fill your body full of adrenaline even from your couch!

DESERT RUNNERS - 2013

Director: Jennifer Steinman Sternin

Stars: Samantha Gash, Tremaine Kent, David O'Brien

A diverse cast of non-professional runners attempt to complete the most difficult ultramarathon race series on Earth. Their dramatic journey takes them across the World's most picturesque yet brutal landscapes, pushing their bodies, hearts and spirits through a myriad of external and internal obstacles. DESERT RUNNERS delves into the mindset of ultra-athletes, and the complex ways in which human beings deal with both heartbreak and triumph.

180° SOUTH - 2010

Director: Chris Malloy

Writers: Jeff Johnson (journals), Chris Malloy (story) 

Stars: Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins, Keith Malloy 

This gorgeous, historic, and inspiring new film from director & surfer Chris Malloy and his collective at Woodshed Films, documents the adventures of surfer and climber Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard (rock climbing legend and founder of Ventura-based Patagonia) and Doug Tompkins, on which they drove, mountain climbed and surfed their way to Chilean Patagonia. Along the way, Jeff encounters big surf, snowy mountains, a dangerous ocean crossing, pulp mills, cowboys, dams and more on his way to climb Cerro Corcovado in Patagonia. Jeff's life takes a turn when he meets up in a rainy hut with Chouinard and Tompkins who, once driven purely by a love of climbing and surfing, now value above all the experience of raw nature and have come to Patagonia to help use their influence to help protect it. The film is a road trip movie, a historic document, and an environmental call to arms, but mostly a meditation on what matters most in life –staying true to one's own vision and values. (Magnolia Pictures)

GRIZZLY MAN - 2005

Director & Writer: Werner Herzog

Stars: Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard, Werner Herzog 

This documentary centers on amateur grizzly bear expert Timothy Treadwell, who periodically journeyed to Alaska to study and live with the bears. The outdoorsman and author -- along with his partner, Amie Huguenard -- was eventually killed and devoured by one of the very animals to whom he had devoted years of study.

K2-SIREN of the HIMALAYAS - 2010

Director: Dave Ohlson

Writers: Darren Lund, Andy McDonough

Stars: Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, Simone Leorin, Jake Meyer

This breathtaking film follows an historic attempt to summit the world's most challenging peak on the 100-year anniversary of the Duke of Abruzzi's landmark K2 expedition in 1909. World-class alpinists Fabrizio Zangrilli and Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner team up with veteran climbers Jake Meyer and Chris Szymiec in a dangerous foray of high altitude mountaineering. The documentary also examines the history and geography of the Karakoram mountains while contemplating the risks, rewards and personal nature of exploration in an age when there are few blank spots left on the map. The second highest peak on Earth at 8,611 meters, K2 is also one of the most dangerous mountains to climb: for every four people who have reached the summit of K2, one person has died trying. (First Run)

THE FORTH PHASE - 2016

Director: Jon Klaczkiewicz

Writer: Melissa Larsen (story editor)

Stars: Mikkel Bang, Shin Biyajima, Ben Ferguson

Iconic snowboarder Travis Rice and friends embark on a multi-year mission to follow the North Pacific Gyre's flow. As Rice and the crew experience the highs and lows of a journey unlike any previously attempted, cutting-edge cinematography captures some of the world's most remote environments bringing breathtaking scenery and thrilling action to viewers worldwide.

AFRICA FUSION - 2016

Director: Nic Good

Stars: Hazel Findlay, Alex Honnold, Alard Hufner

From the breathtaking orange granite of Namibia to the lush red sandstone of South Africa, Africa has some of the most remarkable and death-defying climbing routes in the world. Beautiful and at times nail-bitingly dramatic, Africa Fusion follows professional free-climbers Alex Honnold and Hazel Findlay as they travel around the continent tackling some of the largest and most challenging rock faces the continent has to offer.

BLIZZARD of AAHHH'S - 2005

 Director: Greg Stump

Stars: Mike Hattrup, Glen Plake, Scot Schmidt

This is Greg Stump's legendary rockumentary-style ski film that put him and, ultimately, extreme skiing on the map with the spotlight on some the sport's hottest stars in some of the world's most spectacular ski destinations.

MERU - 2015

Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Stars: Conrad Anker, Grace Chin, Jimmy Chin

In the high-stakes pursuit of big-wall climbing, the Shark's Fin on Mount Meru may be the ultimate prize. Sitting 21,000 feet above the sacred Ganges River in Northern India, the mountain's perversely stacked obstacles make it both a nightmare and an irresistible calling for some of the world's toughest climbers. In October 2008, renowned alpinists Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle Meru. Their planned seven-day trip quickly declined into a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures with depleting food rations. Despite making it to within 100 meters of the elusive summit, their journey, like everyone before them, was not a successful one. Heartbroken and defeated, the trio returned to their everyday lives, where the siren song of Meru continued to beckon. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his two lifelong friends to undertake the Shark's Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances than their first attempt. MERU is the story of that journey, an expedition through nature's harshest elements and one's complicated inner demons, and ultimately on to impossible new heights. (Music Box Films)

 

 

 

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