We love everything outdoor related. So when it comes to documentaries, of course we love them when they come in the outdoor variety. In fact, nothing quite gets us more excited to get outside than watching a world-class outdoor documentary. We’re always searching for the next great documentary to inspire us, and we figured you might be, too… So here’s our current top 5, in case you haven’t had the chance to watch them yet.
The Art of Flight is a snowboarding documentary that starts with a dedication “To the ones we have lost doing what they love.” This film stars Travis Rice and company as they do some of the best freestyle snowboarding ever caught on camera, combined with great music and unbelievable cinematography. A quote by Travis Rice lets you know this documentary is about more than snowboarding, “We will never know our full potential unless we push ourselves to find it. It's this self-discovery that inevitably takes us to the wildest places on earth.” Join Travis on his self-discovery, as he pursues his passion, and commits his life to doing what he loves.
Where You Can Watch It: YouTube, Amazon, Google Play, Redbull.Tv (Free)
Jeremy Jones is THE big mountain snowboarder. His collection of 3 documentaries, Deeper, Further, and Higher, are all based around him taking his big mountain snowboarding to the next level. Beyond where other snowboarders have gone before. Beyond where helicopters can take you. Because the biggest and steepest mountains can only be accessed by foot. Jeremy takes his passion for snowboarding very seriously and is deeply connected to the mountains that he rides, “What draws me to the type of snowboarding that I'm doing now is, I go through every emotion in life when I'm climbing these mountains. The fear. The anticipation before that. Getting to the top and the joy of standing on top, and then the adrenaline on going down, and then the kind of overwhelming emotions that I get at the bottom. That whole process is really addicting and makes me feel alive.”
Where You Can Watch It: Netflix
Meru is a documentary that follows 3 exceptional big wall climbers, Jimmy Chin, Conrad Anker, and Renan Ozturk as they embark on the first ascent of Meru, one of the hardest big wall ascents in the Himalayas. This documentary shows the fine line between passion and obsession, risk and reward. This documentary brings a new meaning to the term high-stakes.
Where You Can Watch It: Amazon Prime, Vudu, YouTube, Netflix
Valley Uprising documents the 50+ year history of big wall climbing in Yosemite National Park. It showcases the tension between the climbers and the park rangers, and the transition between the old and new generation of climbers. This documentary gives you an inside look at the culture behind rock climbing, and the individuals who played the biggest role in its creation as a major outdoor adventure sport.
Where You Can Watch It: Netflix, Amazon, Itunes, YouTube
Given is a documentary that follows the adventures of a young family (2 legendary surfers and their son, Given) as they travel around the world chasing a legend that has been passed down from generation to generation, and in search of the best surf along the way. All told through the perspective of the 6 year old son, Given, this documentary is a great blend between passion, family, and the importance of connecting with nature.
Where You Can Watch It: Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, Itunes
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