An honest representation of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Two stalwart friends document their attempt at thru-hiking the PCT, capturing the beauty of the landscape and the people along the trail, but also some of more painful and bitter aspects of the journey.
Mitch and Dave (or whatever their names are) share their adventure with us in this documentary. Eager enthusiasm is quickly evaporated by the scorching Mojave Desert. Breathtaking footage of the beautiful High Sierra soon turns dark as a dangerous snow storm traps the duo in a stone hut on top of a mountain pass. The camaraderie forged between fellow hikers uplifts the spirit, but does nothing to soothe aching and blistered feet. Drinking muddy water and rehydrated beans is daily life, but the bountiful burgers and jugs of beer even the smallest of towns have to offer are close enough to heaven to make the struggle all worth it.
Such are the contrasts of the trail. Even the two good friends struggle to maintain their bond as the rain pours down and their spirits sink to unpredictable depths.
The honest truth of trail is displayed in this documentary. Though at a full film length, this is but a glimpse of the majesty and torture of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Jill and I have watched this, and it has only inspired us further. As It Happens presents the trail in such a way that I want my friends and family to see it, because it visually describes what has drawn me to the trail. Though there are ups and downs, scares and thrills– such is life.
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