This week for our #OptInside series we’re sharing some of the best adventure documentaries on Netflix. Whether you’re drawn to mountain tops or the depths of the sea, these films have something for every type of adventurer. Grab some popcorn and settle in!
This documentary follows rock climber Conrad Anker, film director Max Lowe, and landscape artist Rachel Pohl on their adventures through America’s National Parks and the history they hold. The trio of adventurers humanizes the feelings of love and wanderlust, a quality hardly any other documentary can provide. Director Greg MacGillivary expertly teleports you directly to the the parks, providing some of the most breath-taking shots you will ever see. Between the charismatic trio, stunning cinematography, and beautiful scenery, this short documentary on Netflix makes a perfect quick distraction into the world of America’s National Parks.
Speaking of National Parks…Yosemite contains one of the last great un-climbed rock faces: The Dawn Wall of El Capitan. This film follows legendary rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson as they take on the challenge of climbing the impossible. This documentary takes you on the climb, but also on a tour of Tommy’s life. From boyhood challenges to a hostage situation in kyrgyzstan, Caldwell’s will is a testament to perseverance. Throughout the documentary the 3,000 foot rock face Caldwell and Jorgeson attempt teaches the viewer lessons in friendship, endurance, struggle, and ultimately passion.
This Patagonia original documentary follows the lives of a unique cast of characters whose lives are intertwined to the sea. Champion open-water swimmer Lynne Cox, surfers Dave Rastovich and Matahi Drollet, former coal miner turned photographer Ray Collins, spearfisher Kimi Werner, youth worker Eddie Donnellan…each of their stories encompass how the ocean has shaped not only their lives, but the lives of those around them. From providing an outlet from injury to sustaining life with food and giving kids a safe space to be, this 48 minute short film will pull at the string of your heart (and might make you want to go for a swim.) Available through Netflix or for free on Patagonia.com
More than 2,000 hours of climbing footage from 15 different countries contributed to this cinematic and musical odyssey. From the director of Sherpa comes this thought provoking and action packed documentary about mountains, and the people who seek thrills upon them. This 1 hour and 13 minute documentary features jaw-dropping footage of some of the world’s most extreme athletes: mountaineers, speedflyers, free soloists, wingsuiters, ice climbers, heliskiers, snowboarders, and parachuting mountain bikers. This documentary will take you on thrilling, and at times shocking, trip to the tops of the earth.