When we can’t be out hiking, we enjoy watching nature-themed films. Here are four favorites we’ve seen in the past few weeks:

Chasing IceChasing Ice
James Balog’s photography captures the beauty of ice, but it’s his time lapse photos of glaciers that are truly eye-opening. His dedication amidst knee pain and equipment issues is inspiring.
goodeatsGood Eats: Whithering Bites
Alton Brown explains his simple, practical approach to food dehydration. Dehydrating your own food is a great way to make healthy backpacking food without any extra preservatives or sweeteners. As always, Alton includes some science, history, and a large helping of goofiness.
High Sierra: A Journey on the John Muir TrailHigh Sierra: A Journey on the John Muir Trail
Follow a group of high school students as they set out to hike the JMT. They aren’t so excited at first, but the splendor of the trail converts them. A fun watch with plenty of eye candy.
Rivers and TidesRivers and Tides
This documentary about Andy Goldsworthy is a meditation on the impermanence of nature and the beauty of natural forms. Goldsworthy is one of our favorite artists and his work has influenced Shutterbug’s photography.

8 comments

  1. Thanks for the movie suggestions. Rivers and Tides is a great film. I’m looking forward to also watching the John Muir Trail one for the “eye candy”! Actually they all sound great!

  2. Perfect timing! We were looking for something to watch last night and ended up watching High Sierra: A Journey on the Muir Trail. We live in NorCal and have been trying to figure out a way to complete The John Muir Trail in 2-3 segments. Their planning and documenting helped us see the potential segments. Very good film… thanks for the recommendation!

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