To help you cope with cabin fever and the winter blues and get you stoked for the coming outdoor season, Louisville Hiking Meetup sponsor GREEN EARTH OUTDOORS will be hosting an adventure film series and social on Friday nights in January and February (except February 14-Valentines Day) at our shop near Georgetown, IN, about 20 minutes from downtown Louisville.
Films will include both newer adventure films, films of inspiration and some good oldies we dug up. You may have seen some before or maybe not, but all worth seeing again with your outdoor friends. Films start at 7 pm but arrive earlier if you are inclined. Popcorn provided but feel free to bring other snacks to share and BYOB. Weather permitting; a social campfire will follow each movie.
Here is the line up (subject to change):
The Climb to Katahdin - January 10
A devoted couple and their dog set out to hike the Appalachian Trail. Where does it take them and what challenges will they face? Equipped with two cameras; one fastened to the dog's backpack, and the other strapped to the film maker's chest, this film is a unique blend of a couple's commitment to nature, a six-and-a-half month journey, and capturing every exciting moment along the way to provide entertainment and inspiration for others. It's no easy task to hike one of the Earth's oldest mountain ranges, let alone with the appropriate camera gear on a minimal budget. Sure to capture the hearts of hiker enthusiasts and dog lovers alike. Watch as they traverse through mountains and embrace the support of the trail community. Trailer: http://youtu.be/lh_C9F-glyc
Mile….Mile & Half - January 17
In an epic snow year, five friends leave their daily lives behind to hike California's historic John Muir Trail, a 211-mile stretch from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney (the highest peak in the contiguous U.S.). Their goal - complete the journey in 25 days while capturing the amazing sights & sounds they encounter along the way. Inspired by their bond, humor, artistry & dedication, the group continues to grow: to include other artists, musicians & adventure seekers. Before they all reach the summit, hikers and viewers alike affirm the old adage - it's about the journey, not the destination.
High Ground - January 24
A documentary that follows a team of veterans returning from combat in Afghanistan and Iraq as they set out to climb a towering Himalayan peak to overcome challenges and heal the mental and emotional ravages of war. Trailer: http://youtu.be/URTMyf7QfRk
Southbounders - January 31
Follow three "thru-hikers" as they journey from Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia over a magical summer, and discover what it means to "hike your own hike." Olivia decides to "thru-hike" the legendary Appalachian Trail, a continuous footpath running along the Appalachian Mountain chain over 2,000 miles from Maine to Georgia. The journey will take months to complete, and Olivia is ill-prepared for the rigorous journey. An outsider to the unique world of the AT thru-hiker, Olivia is quickly befriended by hikers Rollin and Slackpack. As the three hikers journey South from Maine, Olivia is drawn to the charismatic but private Rollin, and is forced to question her motives for hiking the trail. Trailer: http://youtu.be/6iedSkyCocU
The Ranger, The Cook and a Hole in the Sky - February 7
Based on a book by Norman Maclean (A River Runs Through It), and closely based on his own youthful experiences, this drama concerns Mac, a brash 17-year old, who gets a job working for the National Forest Service in Montana shortly after the end of World War I. With the help of veteran ranger Bill Bell (Sam Elliott), Mac learns a lot about forest management -- and about life.
Into the Wild - February 21
This is the true story of Christopher McCandless. Freshly graduated from college with a promising future ahead, McCandless instead walked out of his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure. What happened to him on the way transformed this young wanderer into an enduring symbol for countless people -- a fearless risk-taker who wrestled with the precarious balance between man and nature. Trailer: http://youtu.be/g7ArZ7VD-QQ
Double AT Feature:2000 Miles to Maine andBeauty Beneath the Dirt - February[masked] Miles to Maine: Inspired by Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods, director Douglas Morse and producer Heide Estes traveled to the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. They wanted to capture the stories of those who had planned for months, left families, left jobs and set aside half a year for the trek to Maine. 2000 Miles to Maine is perfect for trail enthusiasts and those planning thru hikes, as well as the armchair set who want to get a fascinating glimpse of trail life and culture. A mother lode of information on trip planning, gear selection and the day to day realities of life on the trail. Trailer: http://youtu.be/jEAqXDRanVE
Beauty Beneath the Dirt: Follows the story of three young urbanites -- a lawyer, an Ivy grad, and a city chick -- as they attempt to balance family, friendship, and personal happiness while hiking from Georgia to Maine. Trailer: http://youtu.be/ceIeM1Y4RoU
* Difficulty level: easy
* Distance and Pace: at your own speed
* Special Populations: all are welcome.
* What to Bring: BYOB
* Special considerations: Expect to have a lot of fun and if you are new to the group, to meet a lot of cool people.