Mile… Mile and a Half

Last week, I watched Mile… Mile and a Half on Netflix.  It’s a documentary about a group of artists who thru hiked the JMT in 2011.  If you’re wondering what we’re going to see on the JMT, this is a great film to watch for ninety minutes.

MILE… MILE & A HALF (trailer 1) from The Muir Project on Vimeo.

 

Overall, I thought Mile… Mile & a Half was an okay representation of what life is like on a trail.  As someone who backpacks, I noticed what I thought of as “backpacking” in the periphery of shots – water filtering, tent setup, dinner.  But I also saw a lot of things that I know I absolutely wouldn’t do on the trail – like have a 70 (!!!!) pound pack after a resupply, or pay for a mule to bring a resupply over a mountain pass.  The Mile… Mile and a Half crew did the trail over 25 days, so we’ll shave about 5 days off of their time.  They also regularly stopped to take photos, video, or record sound, which involves a lot of professional equipment.  They also did the trail in July after a year of 200% snowfall, so I assume we’ll see a lot less snow.  Overall though, I think this is a great way to get inspired!  It just goes to show you – 220 miles is really just a lot of putting one foot in front of the other.

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