Life on Trail – A Pacific Crest Trail Documentary

A Pacific Crest Trail Documentary

One granite ridge

A tree, would be enough

Or even a rock, a small creek,

A bark shred in a pool.


-Gary Snyder, Piute Creek



The words of this poem inspired me to look closer at my surrounding. Whether your hike is 1465 miles or 2 miles it can be hard to tune into the small stuff. Daily, I passed millions of microcosmos on my trek of the Pacific Crest Trail.

The longer I was on trail the easier it became to overlook the immense beauty in the more subtle surroundings I passed, a colony of ants, a small river, the drops of snow melting into it a stream.

In an effort to truly observe my surroundings, whether it was the 14,410 foot Mt. Rainier or a half inch high ant hill, I began videoing what I saw. The result is my Pacific Crest Trail Documentary:

During my seventh week on trail I entered the Sierras. The vastness of it struck me deeply, but it also had a negative effect. I was so carried away by the vastness I often overlooked the more subtle nature.

Halfway through the week I ran into a photographer who helped shift my paradigm, you can read about how he did that in this blog post.

Sending my uncivilized love from civilization,

Slug

Comments

  1. Eat, Sleep, Walk, Repeat

    I watched this once (as a youtube vidoe) and then watched it again with quiet intention. That second time I just listened and watched, absorbing the quiet and the solitude that you endured (?) through your 1465 miles of travel. Without the distractions of modern life, everything – from the dung beetle to the drip of rain water – comes to life. There was no need for any extra sounds or words. Thanks for the thoughtful documentary.

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