This morning, I woke up to a text from Niko proclaiming that he had “just watched the best movie, it’s what I want to with my life!” Silly me – I thought it was some documentary from one of his biology classes, but of course, it was a film about adventure.
Friend have been recommending this film for months, but I haven’t had the chance to sit down and enjoy it. While I’m not keen on the idea of eating porcupines, I am captivated by the message conveyed through the trailer for this movie.
180° South follows a young adventurer as he retraces the 1968 journey trekked by Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to the legendary Patagonia. It combines surfing, climbing and a passion for adventure. From shipwrecks to being abandoned at a whore house, it illustrates a very important element of the adventurer’s lifestyle – it’s not a real adventure until something goes wrong.
There’s an official trailer – which is very much worth viewing! – but this version has Animal Collective in it, so it automatically wins in my book. You should also check out the 180° South website, particularly the ‘Journey’ section where you can watch original footage from the 1968 trip.
“The hardest thing in the world is to simplify your life
– it’s so easy to make it complex.” – Yvon Chouinard