The Muir Project Shows Cool of Backpacking

Can hiking and backpacking be fun to watch? This video not only says yes, it’ll inspire you to hit the trail.

Hiking is one of the most boring activities in the world to watch.

Meditation might edge it out, but beyond that it’s difficult to think of too many pursuits that are so fun yet so deathly dull to view. And photographing it? Yikes. Trust me on this one: I’ve done more hiking photo shoots than I can count and it’s a very short list of accessories you can attach to it (drink water! read a map!) to dress it up even slightly. All of which makes the Muir Project really, really impressive: This crew of design-savvy backcountry lovers has put together a short little film about hiking and backpacking that’s entertaining, fun, and cool.

The Muir Project consisted of about nine people, including director Jason Fitzpatrick, director Ric Serena, and producer Jen Serena, who hiked the 219-mile John Muir Trail in 25 days last summer and are working on a feature-length doc of their trip. This teaser is the first glimpse of what they produced, and it’s fabulous. I was ready for winter, but after watching it I’m longing for high summer in the Sierra again.

For more, see The Muir Project.


Steve Casimiro is the editor of Adventure Journal. Follow him on Instagram at @stevecasimiro.
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  • tom

    Basically the key is: Photograph all the cool things people do on their hikes when they’re not hiking.

    I would note, however, that this Tumblr page pretty much shreds your premise it it’s impossible to get cool shots of people hiking.

    (You have to scroll through a few pages but this is the most amazing collection of hiking photography on the web; so addictive I had to stop following it).

  • Scott Rinckenberger

    Thanks for sharing this, Steve. It put a big ol’ smile on my face, which is hard to do in the morning.

  • Kim Kircher

    You’re right. This does look pretty cool. I’d never really thought about it before, that watching hikers might be boring, since so often it’s just not out there. But this brings the bar right up.

  • Ace

    Love it. Really. I have trouble finding hiking partners. It’s just not cool enough. Maybe this will help. There’s nothing like being out for a week or more.

  • Nick

    This is such a great cause. I engage in several outdoor pursuits including mountain biking, skiing, climbing, and kayaking but simple hiking (including backpacking) has remained my favorite activity. There’s a rhythm you fall into when walking in nature that I haven’t been able to replicate any other way. Seeing this post really made my morning!

  • Hornet

    It’s hard to describe to people why I keep going out to the backcountry. Now I can just show them! I guess I need to have more people in my photographs. (Who brings a canvas to paint on while BPing?)

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