Watch PCT Documentary “Only The Essential” Now!

Just shy of a year ago I got word of a documentary about the Pacific Crest Trail that we were super exited about. Only the Essential was still in the works but the trailer alone had me hooked and wanting more! 2013 PCT thru hikers Colin Airsman Casey Gannon filmed their thru hike with dedicated precision. The cinematography is gorgeous. The story is real. The adventure is one shared by thru hikes everywhere, whether on the PCT or some other long distance trail, and for this former AT thru hiker, it makes me ache with the desire to be back out in the wilderness and also set out for the new terrain of the Pacific Crest Trail. Thankfully for me, there are awesome docs like this one to temporarily satisfy that desire and remind me that I am not alone in those feelings. For those of you who haven’t thru hiked, take a peek into the reality of it, the beauty or it and the struggle of it.

Here are some specs about Only The Essential: 2668 Miles on the Pacific Crest Trail sent over from Colin:

Awards: Official 2015 Selection: Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Mountain Graz Film Festival, Maine Outdoor Film Festival, Columbia Gorge Film, Festival, Lyons Film Fest, Green Unplugged Online Fest, Portland Eco-film Festival, Back to Nature Film Festival
Run time: 40 minutes
Release date: 12/4/16
Where to find it:
Partners: Granite Gear, Big Agnes, Pacific Crest Trail Association
Synopsis: 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.

If the promise of natural beauty and the thumbs up of so many people whose job it is to judge movies isn’t enough for you the check this out, then I don’t know what else to offer! Check out more about the brain power behind this awesome operation on Wild Confluence Films webpage.


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