Exclusive Documentary Pre-Screening: Watch “The Thorough Hikers” Documentary Online
Editor’s Note: Check out this exclusive online pre-screening of “The Thorough Hikers”, a new documentary directed by Maud Dillingham and Cesar A. Becerra. You can stream the documentary here for free from October 2nd through the 7th.
“A much more entertaining narrative of a thru-hike than A Walk In The Woods.” So says Warren Doyle, founder of the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association, about The Thorough Hikers: A Year On The Appalachian Trail – a 2016 documentary that delves deeply into what makes the AT community tick. As anyone who has hiked the whole AT knows, there is much more to the journey than gear, food and miles.
The movie follows a couple named Cesar and Maud the entire length of their AT hike from Maine to Georgia (2001 to 2002), featuring magnificent scenery through all four seasons. They walk every inch of the trail, albeit slowly (giving rise to their ethos of “Thorough” as opposed to “Through” hiking). Their leisurely pace enables them to interview some interesting people along the way – some of whom now live on only as Trail legends.
Through conversations with AT luminaries such as Warren Doyle, Earl Shaffer (who invented thru-hiking in 1948), Keith Shaw (who ran his eponymous hiker hostel with such flair in Monson, ME) and Steve Longley (who operated the Kennebec River ferry), the film documents trail maintainers, thru-hikers, and Appalachian Mountain Club hut “croo” alike.
In the film, Cesar and Maud are accompanied by their dog, a rugged little miniature Schnauzer named Trudy the Trail Terrier. Trudy is the real star of the show. She also has created controversy with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, because she appears in the film off-leash – which has led the AT’s governing body to officially ignore the movie altogether. The presence of dogs on the AT has long been a contentious subject, and The Thorough Hikers is bound to stir up further discussion.
Watch for yourself at this exclusive, limited-time free link to the film (you can also watch it below). The Thorough Hikers: A Year On The Appalachian Trail also will be shown at the ALDHA Gathering from October 7-9, 2016. Visit www.thethoroughhikers.com for behind-the-scenes information about the movie, links for ordering it online or as a DVD, and to follow it on social media. The Thorough Hikers: A Year On The Appalachian Trail also has a page on www.IMDb.com where you can post a review.
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