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Documentaries

The Dawn Wall

In an unbelievable story of perseverance,

free climber Tommy Caldwell and

climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson attempt to scale the impossible 3000 ft Dawn Wall of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

Click the photo to watch on Netflix.

(Also available on Amazon Prime and Youtube.) 

Surviving Alone in the Siberian Wilderness

for 70 Years

The Story of Agafia Lykov

In the late 1970s, a Russian pilot flying over a remote, mountainous stretch of the Siberian taiga, spotted a tilled field hundreds of miles from any known settlement. A team of scientists parachuted in and were stunned to find a primitive wood cabin, and a family dressed in rags that spoke, thought, and lived in the manner of seventeenth-century Russian peasants during the reign of Tsar Peter the Great. How did they come here? How did they survive? 

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Deep Water

"Not a skilled yachtsman, Crowhurst entered the race with his boat Teignmouth Electron,  intending to use the prize money to support his failing business.

As the weeks went on, he eventually abandoned the race and reported false positions to race organizers, leading everyone to believe he was winning the race, when really he was in last place. His yacht was later found drifting and recovered logbooks indicate that he’d suffered a mental breakdown due to the pressure and the sailor had jumped overboard. The race was eventually won by Robin Knox-Johnston who donated the prize money to Crowhurst’s widow."

 

Click the photo to watch for free on YouTube.

Surviving Alone in Alaska

Have you ever wondered if you could make it on your own in the wilderness? Heimo Korth and his wife Edna, are the only two people living within 19 million acres of Alaskan wilderness. Their neighbors were bears and caribou. This land is off limits to hunter and oil seekers, until the last living descendant of Heimo Korth passes.

 

Click the photo to watch for free on YouTube. 
 

Racing Around the World Alone

The story of the 2008/2009 Vendée Globe race. 30 skippers embark on a quest to be the fastest to sail 27000 miles around the world, non stop, without assistance and alone on 60 foot sailboats. This is one of the most extreme challenges a human being can face. The sailors are alone at sea for months and physical and emotional strength are essential. Growlers (Icebergs), sea mammals, and massive waves are a constant danger. On any day the forces of nature can bring an end to the best sailor's well made plans. They harness the wind, hope for safe passage over the sea and push hard to win. They are a testament to the audacity of the human spirit.

—Benjamin Rouse

Click the photo to watch on Amazon Prime.

All the Time in the World

"In search of a new perspective,  a family of five leave the comforts of home to live remotely in the Yukon wilderness during the long northern winter and amidst the surprises that the rawness of nature provide.  The parents leave their jobs and take their three children, ages 10, 8 and 4, to spend nine months living in a small cabin with no road access, no electricity, no running water, and no internet, no TV, no phone and, most importantly, no clocks or watches.

Filmed over 9 months, off the grid, without external crew, and featuring the unique perspectives of children, All The Time In The World explores the theme of disconnecting from our hectic and technology-laden lives in order to reconnect with each other, ourselves and our natural environment – parents connecting with children, children connecting with nature."

Click the photo to watch on Vimeo. 

(Also available on iTunes.)

Between Home

"'This is definitely not a holiday,' said Nick Jaffe in one of the many confessionals recorded during his 20,000-mile (+) solo-sailing journey/documentary entitled Between Home. Jaffee is sailing a Contessa 26 and has virtually zero sailing experience. His motives have more to do with family history and existential thought than a love for sailing, but the story is no less absorbing. He’s an interesting guy with a powerful curiosity. Fortunately and fatefully he’s partnered with a solid documentary filmmaker who makes the most of all the elements."

Click the photo to watch on Vimeo.

(Also available on Amazon Prime.)

Maidentrip

"There was so much controversy surrounding the precocious Dutch sailor Laura Dekker when, at 13, she announced she would be sailing her 40’ Jeaneau, Guppy, around the world alone. Her hometown’s government employed child welfare restrictions to stop her from going, so Dekker promptly ran away and out of the country.

 

At 14, things were straightened out and she began her solo adventure around the planet. Maidentrip allows a peek into the character of such a driven and highly singular individual. Dekker is a rare breed and a good sailor. Her story is compelling and the film lays it out and portrays it in an interesting way. Beyond anything else, there is one thing you’ll take away from this film and this is no spoiler – there maybe no one on this planet who loves sailing more than Laura Dekker."

Click the photo for streaming options. 

(Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, Sling TV.)

Free Solo

National Geographic Documentary Film’s FREE SOLO, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock ... the 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park ... without a rope.

Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. Succeeding in this challenge, Honnold enters his story in the annals of human achievement. Free Solo is both an edge-of-your seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who exceeded our current understanding of human physical and mental potential. The result is a triumph of the human spirit.

Click the photo for livestreaming options.

(Available on Disney+, Hulu, Youtube,

and Amazon Prime.)

Sources: Yacht & Boating World, American Sailing Association, and Washington's Last Frontier

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