The name Eric Ryback probably doesn't ring a bell like the name Sir Edmund Hillary does. Hillary was credited as the first person to climb Mount Everest. Ryback was credited as the first thru-hiker of the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail, meaning he hiked the trail from end to end.
Another little-known tidbit: Fewer people have thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail than have climbed Mount Everest. And no doubt there's been more documentaries about Everest than the Pacific Crest Trail.
So, this being April and the month when thru-hikers typically begin their five-month hike from Mexico to Canada, it's refreshing to see a documentary that focuses on the Pacific Crest Trail has just been released.
"Tell it on the Mountain" is a two-hour documentary that follows a half dozen of the 300 or so hikers who attempt the Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike every year. They were armed with cameras, and offer an insider's view of what it takes to spend nearly a half year living in the wild, the challenges, the scenery, and what tugs them to be in nature.
Here's a trailer for the documentary, which is available on DVD:
We must say, the set designer did nice work.
The trail covers 1,699 miles through California, 457 miles through Oregon, and 500 miles through Washington. It goes over or through 60 mountain passes and 19 canyons, and passes more than 1,000 lakes.
Scott Williamson is said to have logged more miles on the Pacific Crest Trail than anyone in history. He's among the many featured in the film.
Filmmaker Shaun Carrigan, who has five Emmy Awards and has worked on the Olympics, World Series, and Daytona 500, has hiked 1,400 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, and considers the High Sierra as his favorite place in the world. Undoubtedly, many would concur.
"I've been waiting for this movie for years," one YouTube commenter said. "Looks like it was worth the wait!"