I love this movie. I recommend it to everyone. I can’t wait until I can travel and help the environment and experience something outside of my tiny little island. I have years before I could do something like this. years. that word is just so discouraging.

“Im drawn to open country. It’s where everything becomes clear, where the world makes the most sense. When I put myself out there, I always return with something new. A friend once told me: The best journeys answer questions that in the beginning, you didn’t even think to ask.”

180 South

Taking a trip for six months, you get into the into the rhythm of it, it feels like you can go on for ever. Climbing Everest is the ultimate and the opposite of that because you get all these high-powered plastic surgeons and C.E.O.s and you know, they pay $80,000 and have sherpas who put all the ladders in place and 8000 feet of fixed rope and you get to camp and you don’t even have to lay out your sleeping bag, it’s already laid out with a chocolate mint on the top. And the whole purpose of climbing something like Everest is to effect some sort of spiritual and physical gain, but if you compromise on the process, you’re an asshole when you start out and you’re an asshole when you get back.
—  Yvon Chouinard | 180° South.
The hardest thing in the world is to simplify your life, it’s so easy to make it complex. What’s important is leading an examined life because most of the damage caused by humans is caused unintentionally.
—  Yvon Chouinard, Founder of Patagonia

“How can people who are trapped in the city try to create a more ecologically minded world if you don’t know that it’s possible. A good example of how people become closed off from their ecosystems is with their walkmen or iPods. So you start to further close yourself off. You don’t want to breathe the dirty air, you don’t want to hear because it’s annoying, you don’t want to look because it’s ugly. This is why we don’t understand nature, love it or take care of it. We don’t realize that we depend on it psychologically and physically 100%.”

180º South, 2010.