180-south

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I watched this movie/documentary last night and was quite taken by it.  It amazed me how some people can simply get on a boat, not really knowing anything about sailing, and go from Mexico to Chili, how they can climb mountains and surf giant waves without fear … or perhaps in spite of the fear, or because of it? I don’t know. But I really liked it; it touched the adventurer in me, or the part of me that wishes I was an adventurer. It’s free on Netflix.

Here is the description of it, it’s called 180 Degrees South:

Chris Malloy’s film strikes so deeply into the heart of Patagonia’s wilderness we come to feel at home there. 180° South: Conquerors of the Useless follows Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia. Along the way he gets shipwrecked off Easter Island, surfs the longest wave of his life — and prepares himself for a rare ascent of Cerro Corcovado. Jeff’s life turns when he meets up in a rainy hut with Chouinard and Tompkins who, once driven purely by a love of climbing and surfing, now value above all the experience of raw nature — and have come to Patagonia to spend their fortunes to protect it.

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

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