capture and share real journeys THRU long trails,
to inspire humans and protect nature.
No script. No pre-production. No support team.
THRU features a real thru-hike, set across 1,200 miles inside the wildest wilderness corridor in America’s lower-48. While the terrain is amongst the most punishing in the world, the real journey happens on the inside…
Witness a never-before-seen window into the challenge, struggle and ultimate triumph of a long-distance hike, and the change that occurs when people engage wilderness to reconnect with human wildness.
“It’s not just hiking. This is a devotion.”
A hard-won quest with many layers
Employing a journalistic style that combines the focus of Howard Zinn with the approach of Hunter S. Thompson, we uncover seldom heard stories, from a unique perspective. Our subjects include competition banjo pickers, protected watersheds, cabin builders, and one, giant pack of wolves.
Averaging over 20 miles per day, with 3,000 feet of elevation gain, this is a real journey, captured by the people attempting it. It’s not just a beautiful hike, it’s a story grounded in grit.
Every week our rations ran out and we were forced to resupply. Using our thumbs, we hitch-hiked to out-of-the-way towns and found ourselves interacting with the core of Pacific Northwest culture.
Moving across America’s last intact eco-system outside Alaska, we hiked with Leave No Trace principles thru a plethora of geologies, biologies, habitats and climates - all of which became characters within the story.
origin story of America’s newest national scenic trail
With support from the Pacific Northwest Trail’s founder, and access to hundreds of archival photographs and audio-recordings, we reveal the 40-year journey that created America’s newest National Scenic Trail.
the psychology behind a team
Near-strangers at the start of the trek, we explore the inner-workings and team dynamics as we face every challenge the trail gods throw at us. The relationship between self preservation and team success is tested throughout every step of this difficult journey.
“To me, an adventure is accepting a challenge thats scope is just beyond your abilities. You have to grow in order to be successful.”
andy laub | independent documentary filmmaker, veteran outdoorsman, rookie dad
Why share this story?
By sharing this story and inspiring people to get out on long trails, more people will form a deep, responsible, and lasting relationship with wilderness.
The more folks who harness this connection, means there will be a louder, more passionate voice for its protection in the future.