Monday, September 2, 2013

Tell it on the Mountain - Tales from the Pacific Crest Trail (Review)



Recently, Ashley and I were asked to do a review of a documentary regarding the Pacific Crest Trail called "Tell it on the Mountain - Tales from the Pacific Crest Trail". The film focuses on half a dozen hikers from different stages of their lives as well as different experience levels on their journey to through hike the Pacific Crest Trail. One of the main characters that is followed is Scott Williamson, the Pacific Crest Trail speed record holder as well as the first person to ever "yo-yo" the Pacific Crest Trail. Another character is Billygoat, a 67 year old retired John Muir look-alike that gives us another perspective entirely. Another couple the movie documents is Dr. Jenn "Jackalope" Head and Brian "Eagle Eye" Von Bork who get married along their trip through hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Another couple that is documented in the movie is a German couple. Alina Budia and Carsten "Sauerkraut" Jost, who save money for years to make the journey to through hike the Pacific Crest Trail a reality. Lastly, the film documents Inaki Diaz DE Etura a software enginer from Spain. The film is made on the stories of everyday people who are following their dream of through hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Each person gives you a different perspective on why people through hike the Pacific Crest Trail. (Pictures are from http://tellitonthemountain.com/)

Ashley and I really enjoyed watching the movie. It was truly inspiring and gives you a glimpse into what it takes to through hike the Pacific Crest Trail. The journey begins at the Mexico Boarder and follows the group from there all the way to the Canadian Boarder. The journey doesn't end there for Scott Williamson who turns around at the Canadian Board and journeys all the way back again to the Mexico Boarder. The movie is a total of 122 minutes long and it documents the 2,663 mile long through hike journey for half a dozen of the 300 or so hikers who attempt to through hike the Pacific Crest Trail each year.

Any person interest in the outdoors/hiking/or through hiking the Pacific Crest Trail will like the documentary. Ashley and I both thought that a future mini series could be made sometime in the future to delve even deeper into the personalities of the characters who drop everything in their normal life to attempt a through hike on the Pacific Crest Trail for 5 months. Each one of these people have jobs and families, but yet each is drawn to lure of the trail.  

Ashley and I give this movie two thumbs way up! We felt it was truly inspiring and enjoyed getting to know the people we followed on the Pacific Crest Trail. Be careful, you never know you just might be inspired to take a 5 month vacation next year and attempt a through hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. 

You can purchase a copy of the documentary on Amazon or get a digital download through the Tell it on the Mountain Website. Hard copy cost is $25.00 and a digital download is $15.00.

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