Monday, February 17, 2014

"Tell It On the Mountain: Tales From the Pacific Crest Trail" DVD Review and Giveaway!

I know, I know....this is a book blog.  Unless they relate to books, I don't usually write about movies here.  However, last month I was contacted by Shaun Carrigan, the producer of Tell It On the Mountain: Tales from the Pacific Crest Trail and he asked if I would be interested in reviewing this film.

I love to hike, although I don't do much of it these days since my children are still young.  One of my favorites of the books I read last year was Wild by Cheryl Strayed and, in that review, I mentioned my friend Ryan, who thru-hiked the PCT a few years ago.  So, I just couldn't resist Mr. Carrigan's offer and I just spent the past 2 hours watching this amazing documentary.

It follows 7 hikers attempting to thru-hike the trail, some of whom are successful and some are not:

Billygoat spends every summer on the trail and considers it his home.  He's been on it for years and is sort of an honorary grandfather to other hikers.

Scott is, for lack of another word, hardcore.  He's hiked the trail several times and, on this trip, his goal is to yo-yo it--to walk from Mexico to Canada and then turn around and hike from Canada to Mexico.  And he has been known to average over 40 miles a day.

 Carsten and Alina are a young couple from Germany who have been saving up for years to come to do this trail.

Jackalope and Eagleeye are an engaged couple who plan to hike from Mexico to their wedding and then from their wedding to Canada (which, frankly, is one heck of a wedding-dress workout....)

Inaki is a seasoned hiker from Spain who is hiking the trail solo.

Donna is not thru-hiking the trail, but rather spending about 30 days doing a section.  She is also a "trail angel" and she and her husband have hosted thousands of hikers over the years.

I love to hike...and I've hiked small sections of the PCT, mostly in the Columbia River Gorge area, but also one or two around Mt. Hood.  I am in awe of those who choose to thru-hike the PCT.  The physical and inner strength to do this is beyond my comprehension.  I've sort of lightly thrown out, "Oh, yeah, I'd like to hike that some day..."  But, no.  Thru-hiking is not for me.  However, I thoroughly enjoyed watching these people make their attempts and will probably end up watching this documentary again...and again.

This is truly an amazing film.  Even if you aren't a hiker, you can still enjoy the absolutely magnificent scenery along the trail.  And, who knows, if might encourage the staunchest couch potato to go out for a walk.

I was given a DVD copy of this film in return for an honest review.  I received no other compensation for this post.

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