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7 Must-Watch Hiking Films

7 Must-Watch Hiking Films
26 March 2020

With most people currently practising social-distancing and many others in self-isolation, staying at home can quickly become boring, especially for those who love the outdoors. To help you during this unusual time, we've put together a list of some must-watch hiking documentaries that'll help you pass some time and maybe even offer up some inspiration for when you can get back out there.


180° South

  • Runtime: 1h 25min
  • Director: Chris Malloy
  • Available to purchase on: Amazon

The film follows adventurer Jeff Johnson and his 2008 journey from Ventura, California to Patagonia with the eventual goal of climbing the peak Corcovado. Jeff's trip takes place ten years after he watched Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins' film 'Mountain of Storm' which depicted their 1968 trip to Patagonia.

  • Runtime: 1h 25min
  • Director: Chris Malloy
  • Available to purchase on: Amazon

The film follows adventurer Jeff Johnson and his 2008 journey from Ventura, California to Patagonia with the eventual goal of climbing the peak Corcovado. Jeff's trip takes place ten years after he watched Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins' film 'Mountain of Storm' which depicted their 1968 trip to Patagonia.


Mile... Mile & a Half

Five friends leave their daily lives behind to hike California's historic John Muir Trail, a 211-mile stretch from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney. Their goal is to complete the journey in 25 days while capturing the amazing sights & sounds they encounter along the way.

Five friends leave their daily lives behind to hike California's historic John Muir Trail, a 211-mile stretch from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney. Their goal is to complete the journey in 25 days while capturing the amazing sights & sounds they encounter along the way.


Only the Essential: the Pacific Crest Trail

  • Runtime: 40min
  • Director: Colin Arisman
  • Available to watch on: YouTube

In the summer of 2013 Casey Gannon and Colin Arisman thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail with cameras in hand. 'Only The Essential' is the story of their 5 month, 2668 mile journey on foot from Mexico to Canada across the wilderness of California, Oregon, and Washington.

  • Runtime: 40min
  • Director: Colin Arisman
  • Available to watch on: YouTube

In the summer of 2013 Casey Gannon and Colin Arisman thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail with cameras in hand. 'Only The Essential' is the story of their 5 month, 2668 mile journey on foot from Mexico to Canada across the wilderness of California, Oregon, and Washington.


Distant North

  • Runtime: 58min
  • Director: Theo Grove-Humphries
  • Available to watch on: YouTube

This inspirational film captures the 440km trek through the arctic wilderness of northern Sweden. Setting off in September 2015 from Abisko Mountain Station, four friends spend the next 30 days heading south for the finish line in Hemavan, bumping into many wondrous sights and life-changing moments along the way.

  • Runtime: 58min
  • Director: Theo Grove-Humphries
  • Available to watch on: YouTube

This inspirational film captures the 440km trek through the arctic wilderness of northern Sweden. Setting off in September 2015 from Abisko Mountain Station, four friends spend the next 30 days heading south for the finish line in Hemavan, bumping into many wondrous sights and life-changing moments along the way.


3 Hikers

  • Runtime: 1h 36min
  • Director: Natalie Avital
  • Available to watch on: Amazon Prime

Three American Hikers: Joshua Fattal, Sarah Shourd, and Shane Bauer were in Kurdistan giving aid when they accidentally crossed the border in Iran. Being held as political prisoners for over two years, their families were leading the international effort to free them.

  • Runtime: 1h 36min
  • Director: Natalie Avital
  • Available to watch on: Amazon Prime

Three American Hikers: Joshua Fattal, Sarah Shourd, and Shane Bauer were in Kurdistan giving aid when they accidentally crossed the border in Iran. Being held as political prisoners for over two years, their families were leading the international effort to free them.


Six Million Steps: A Journey Inward

  • Runtime: 1h 33min
  • Director: Will Oxley
  • Available to watch on: Amazon Prime

"Six Million Steps" is a documentary film that follows the lives of hikers during their adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail, spanning 2,650 miles, the length of the U.S. Pacific coast. From Mexico to Canada, the Pacific Crest Trail winds through three states, seven national parks, 25 national forests, and elevations ranging from sea level to nearly 14,000 feet.

  • Runtime: 1h 33min
  • Director: Will Oxley
  • Available to watch on: Amazon Prime

"Six Million Steps" is a documentary film that follows the lives of hikers during their adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail, spanning 2,650 miles, the length of the U.S. Pacific coast. From Mexico to Canada, the Pacific Crest Trail winds through three states, seven national parks, 25 national forests, and elevations ranging from sea level to nearly 14,000 feet.


As It Happens: Pacific Crest Trail

  • Runtime: 1hr 26min
  • Director:  Andy Laub
  • Available to watch on: YouTube

Frustrated by the monotony of city life, and eager for a new adventure, two friends decide to trek across the Pacific Crest Trail. Together, they're determined to test the limits of their endurance, soak in the majestic natural environment to which most are oblivious, and capture every step of their journey along the way.

  • Runtime: 1hr 26min
  • Director:  Andy Laub
  • Available to watch on: YouTube

Frustrated by the monotony of city life, and eager for a new adventure, two friends decide to trek across the Pacific Crest Trail. Together, they're determined to test the limits of their endurance, soak in the majestic natural environment to which most are oblivious, and capture every step of their journey along the way.


beth dean

About the Author:

Beth Dean - Outdoor Expert

Camping with her family when she was younger, Beth quickly realised her love for the outdoors. Now, a few years down the line, Beth has developed a passion for all things health and fitness and is out running her favourite routes whenever she can.


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