Sep 13, 2020 at 9:59 pm #3675997
Now that our season is winding down, (not over, but close), I’m taking rainy days to watch some outdoor films. I had hoped to watch “Walking the great divide a journey along the continental divide trail” but it doesn’t appear to be available anywhere legal. Any ideas where to find that?
In searching for that one, I found this fun old interesting slideshow about two women who hiked the Continental Divide Trail in the 1970s. Being kind of tired of contemporary videos that blast music throughout but don’t really reflect on the adventure, I found the hokeyness of this one, including the old music, kind of refreshing.
The giant packs, the serious weather challenges, and their spirit just make it a fun short movie to watch.Sep 13, 2020 at 10:35 pm #3676001David ThomasBPL Member
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
Nice find, Karen. The gear and the clothing of time invoke some of my early trips.
We sure did love our plaid, huh?
Also, the styles and use of slides to create a “video” reminds me of a course I took at Berkeley’s Owner-Builder Center in the 80’s but which had lots of slides from the 70s of lots of hippie builders trying to figure things out, some of whom I knew.Sep 13, 2020 at 11:32 pm #3676003Rex SandersBPL Member
@rexLocale: Central California Coast
Wow. I liked this video, a great record of a groundbreaking trip in many ways. I’m glad they chose to share their adventure with the world.
Seems like I owned or borrowed most of the gear in the photos, around the same time. Not surprising, far fewer backpacking gear choices back then.
Thanks for posting this. Brought back some memories!
— RexSep 14, 2020 at 7:17 am #3676009Jerry AdamsBPL Member
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
Looks like they had old film pictures but this video must have been made recently? The way they twirled around pictures or split them into pieces seems like modern digital production? Maybe the audio was done at the time on analog magnetic tape?
Anyway, nice video!
I just recently sent my pack similar to that to the Goodwill.Sep 14, 2020 at 9:01 am #3676025Sep 14, 2020 at 9:45 am #3676029
Ack, a DVD! seriously? Who still does DVDs?Sep 14, 2020 at 9:55 am #3676031
Ha! For such an old movie that probably isn’t much of a seller, the chances of it being digitized are most likely slim. I digitized older DVDs I had with my computer for my own use, computer DVD/CD disc readers are pretty cheap these days.Sep 14, 2020 at 11:14 pm #3676148Doug CoeBPL Member
@sierradougLocale: Bay Area, CA, USA
Yeah, I saw that on YouTube sometime in the last year or so. They sure had to be resourceful without Guthooks, light gear, and all the modern jazz we have.Sep 16, 2020 at 5:13 pm #3676422
@granolagirlak: National Film Board of Canada (ONF NFB) is a great resource, if you don’t know about it already, for some wonderful outdoor-oriented (as well as many other genres) films that are free to watch (either on your computer or on your iPad via an app or via an app on an Apple TV or Roku or … well, you get the idea). While they don’t have Walking the Great Divide, they do have many documentaries on outdoor adventures/misadventures and such. And so much more beyond outdoor adventures. It’s a fabulous resource for watching interesting film beyond the drek of mainstream film. Including some really fun, whimsical shorts, like this one. :-)Sep 16, 2020 at 7:55 pm #3676450
Thanks Doug. I do know about the National Film Board of Canada, since our library has a lot of those old films, still on the shelf! Even though no one uses them. I love Path of the Paddle.
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