For most of human history, we lived in wild places. 

Ten days. Five friends. One trek across Utah's Uinta Highline Trail.

Watch as the ancient history of the trail is woven together with the personal history of each of the hikers as they get back in touch with the world, and each other.

Current Status

TICKETS FOR THE PREMIERE NOW AVAILABLE!!!

WORLD PREMIERE:  Fri, Jan 24, 2020 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM MST @ The  Uintah Conference Center 313 East 200 South, Vernal, Utah 84078 TICKETS

Sat, Jan 25th, 2020 5:45pm The Leonardo Museum 209 East 500 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 TICKETS


About the Film

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Synopsis

Five friends embark on a ten day journey on the incredible Uinta Highline Trail in northern Utah.  Together they discover adventure, and explore the history of the area.  Along the way you learn more about these hikers, and how they succeeded in life even when the odds were stacked against them.   The film touches on some heavy subject matter, including PTSD recovery, addiction recovery, and much more.  

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Director & Cast

Produced & directed by outdoor film maker Chris Smead of Outmersive Films and co-directed by experienced cinematographer Gordon Gurley.  Armed with cameras and backpacks, they followed 5 experienced long distance hikers to tell their stories:

Joe Valesko (aka Samurai Joe)- Inventor and founder of a well known outdoor gear company.

Matt Favero (aka Details) - Brand manager of a well known outdoor gear company.

Will Wood (aka Redbeard) - Well known Youtuber and blogger

Benny Braden (aka Plug-it-in) - Outdoor blogger that holds the record for hiking all 924 miles in the Smokies in only 43 days.

Steve Kaiser (aka Cannonball)- Larger than life experienced thru hiker.


To help tell the stories behind this amazing place we teamed up with local experts:

Tom Flanigan - Archeologist

Ryan Buerkle - Of the Ashley National Forest

Gordon Hirschi - Of the Uinta Basin Backcountry Horsemen


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The Trail

Experienced hikers have called the Uinta Highline Trail superior to the John Muir Trail.  Yet few people know about it.   The John Muir Trail started with a single vision and was well marketed.  It was also located near heavily populated areas in California.   Utah's Uinta Highline Trail has a very different history.  It snuck on to the map piece by piece.  Even local experts could not pinpoint the exact year the trail was completed.   Furthermore, the trail is distanced from heavily populated areas.   The result is a beautiful and pristine 104 mile trail with no crowds.   

The Mission

In America, we're great at concentrating ourselves into well known national parks.  Overcrowding is a problem.   We hope this film encourages responsible hikers to venture off the beaten path and to experience the Uinta Highline Trail and feel a connection to it.  That connection can create a sense of stewardship that is vital to preserving our wild lands.