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.
We shot the film over 18 days in July and Aug of 2018. It's now in post production and is targeted to release Summer of 2019. Our Kickstarter was successfully funded. THANK YOU to all who supported this project.
Editing is currently underway, which will be followed by professional coloring, audio finishing in 5.1 surround sound, and mastering including a digital cinema package for theaters.
Once completed, the film will screen in various festivals, and will eventually make it ways to major online platforms like iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.
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.
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
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.
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.