Hiking Documentary: Living (Well) Through Others
up, watching Nature on PBS was as enthralling to me as Scooby Doo
and Sesame Street. These days my obsession with reality TV has grown
to new heights, and I think that it has something to do with the
show that popularized it all - Survivor. What incredible fun it
would be, I thought, to be stranded on a deserted island, forced
to find food and water, and to build shelter. The only problem I'd
have? The people.
years after that first episode of Survivor aired, my husband and
I set out on our own adventure. Wouldn't it be cool to hike the
entire length of the "AT?" See, it's this trail, marked
by a tiny pink line in the Rand McNally. It runs all the way from
GEORGIA to MAINE!
tell you the truth, I'm not even sure if I had known about the Appalachian
Trail before seeing it in that atlas. We had no idea what we were
in for, and ended up having the adventure of a lifetime. But a thru-hike
can be a frustrating thing. First, there is the thru-hiker. He spends
months in a different world, and in the end has achieved a great
thing. Once back in the "real world" though, he feels
alone. "Normal" people just don't seem to understand.
On the other side is the person who is trapped in a lifestyle that
would never allow them to have even a taste of such freedom. Their
only choice is to live vicariously through others.
to a number of hardy travelers and hikers who have captured the
essence of the trails on film, anyone with a DVD player or VCR can
now begin to get a feel for an actual thru-hike, to see places only
reached by foot, and/or to catch a glimpse of true freedom. The
articles in this HikeMore online newsletter are written by the filmmakers
themselves. Read on, and watch the videos; from there you will decide
if you are truly ready for life on the trail.
you are the creator of a hiking documentary and would like to include
an article about your project, please contact us. We'd be happy
to include your story!
a 2003 Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, is co-editor of the HikeMore