At the Road Less Traveled, we aspire to push the limits of what we believe is possible. We strive to build self-confidence and challenge our participants to forge connections with natural spaces and communities across the globe.
There has never been a greater need to empower young people to become agents of change. With awards season upon us, we thought we’d take a moment to share some of the short films and documentaries that have inspired us this year.
These hand-selected films speak to the capacity for mankind to achieve the extraordinary, reverse environmental ills, forge international friendships, and to seek joy in adventuring.
Tashi and the Monk
This Emmy-award-winning film chronicles the work of Bhuddist Monk Lobsang, who leaves his life in the United States to work with orphans and neglected children in the Himalayas. The film follows Lobsang’s relationship with a particularly troubled child and impresses the importance of spreading love and acceptance in communities across the world. Check it out here.
The Super Salmon
Sponsored by Patagonia, Super Salmon follows the amazing 300-mile journey of a single salmon up the Alaskan River system. Packed with stunning underwater scenes and commentary from local activist and fisherman, Mike Wood, the film stresses the importance of salmon to the Alaskan ecosystem, and the compelling narrative ultimately results in a massive environmental win! Check it out here.
180 Degrees South
Directed by Chris Malloy, this film follows the journey of Jeff Johnson as he retraces Yvon Chouinard and Doug Thompson’s 1968 pilgrimage from Ventura, California to Patagonia Chile. Jeff’s journey weaves in epic surfing adventures, humbling encounters with nature, and raises concerns about preserving wild and scenic spaces for future generations to enjoy. (Available on Netflix)
Documented by three adventurous paddleboarders, this film exposes the changing Colorado River and discusses complex environmental themes like overuse and agricultural landscape conversion. The paddleboarding trio makes good use of screen time to provide a balance of awe-inspiring adventures and environmental narratives. Check it out here.
Narrated by world-renowned marine biologist and National Geographic Explorer, Slyvia Earl, this story examines our changing oceans, the glory of diving beneath the waves, and the urgent need to develop a network of marine reserves. (Available on Netflix)
For the animal lovers and aspiring conservationists, this Academy Award and Emmy nominated film follows scientists, journalists, and activists on a pursuit to call out and expose the current human-caused mass extinction crisis. Check it out here.
If you like sports, and probably even if you don’t, this film and the four lives it follows are sure to inspire your next adventure. The documentary follows four passionate competitors as they pursue their year-long goal to run ultra-races in the world’s four most extreme deserts. Check it out here.
As a recipient of the 2014 News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Nature Programing, this film reveals the stunning beauty of Earth’s glaciers and arctic resources. Follow the scientists and adventurers across the glaciers in Iceland and the Arctic Circle and be prepared for some incredible and educational time lapse sequences. Available on Netflix and here.
Art of Flight
If you are looking to get your snow stoke up, try this one. Set against the breathtaking, cragged mountains of Chile, British Columbia, and Colorado, Art of Flight follows the journey of several iconic snowboarders like Travis Rice as they push the limits of what is possible and explore wild and scenic spaces across the world. Woven into this adventure tale, are stories of great joy, stoke, and tragedy that ultimately define the human experience. Check it out here.
Before the Flood
Follow Leonardo DiCaprio around the globe as he explores the irreversible effects of climate change and delivers a compelling message to the U.N. about the need to incite political change, implement carbon taxes, and unite the world. Everything is connected! Check it out here.
Inspiration is important! Join us at RLT as we strive to push the limits of what we think is possible, gain perspective, and build self-confidence in wild and scenic places across the globe.
Whether you aspire to teach English in India alongside Buddhist monks, touch a crystal blue glacier in Iceland, surf the California waves, Scuba Dive in Belize, or work alongside leading conservationists, we can help you select the perfect summer adventure.