Appalachian Trials + Hard Way Home = Awesome Contest

Let me just say, it is pretty awesome how supportive the A.T. community is.  It is really a community unlike any other.  During my 2012 thru-hike I didn’t advertise that I was making a documentary all that much.  It was important to me to try and make a different kind of film, one more in the vein of first person personal documentary greats like my mentor Ross McElwee.  However, once the film was finished, there was an amazing outpouring of support for a film not many people had seen yet.  Thank YOU for that. YOU GUYS ROCK.

That leads me to a very exciting announcement, because of all of your support, I have decided to release the film for online rental via Vimeo on Demand. But before I give you those details, lets get to the even BETTER news. GO VIDEO!


Starting today, you can enter to win not only a free rental of my documentary Hard Way Home, but also a signed copy of Appalachian Trials by the Zach Davis. I know, mind blown.  AND, runner up gets a free rental of the film.



That’s right, I am asking you all to hashtag. Hard Way Home is really a story about letting go of life’s emotional baggage, and Appalachian Trials is about the mental and emotional struggle of a thru-hike.  Similar concepts that lead to the idea of a better self, making the best of a journey like the Appalachian Trail by letting go.

So YOUR job is to tell me, what you would let go of. If you could get rid of anything in your life that is holding you back, what would it be? You can be creative, you can be honest, you can be funny, or serious.  Whatever is stopping you from moving forward in your life, tell me with #letitgo

You can respond in the world of social media, it is your oyster, but all responses must include the hashtag (so I can find your awesome answers). Feel free to comment on this post, on the accompanying video on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, or Hard Way Home’s Facebook.

Deadline to enter is August 15th.

Winners will be announced via a video blog here on September 1st, with the top ten responses featured.


Don’t forget to pre-order your rental of the film here on vimeo on demand which will be officially available to stream for rent on September 4th (my summit date!)

Rental is easy, you sign up for a free account with Vimeo and pay before you play.

New to the film? (what is this Hard Way Home documentary ANYWAY!?) Check out the trailer here


Commence #letitgo comments! 🙂

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