Last Summer, Pete Bell took a group of high school students from Chapel Hill, NC backpacking 220 miles on the John Muir Trail, and had the good sense to bring along an HD video camera to make a mini-documentary.

The 6 minute piece is a nice look into “shock-introducing” kids to hiking, as well as a beautiful showcase of just how amazing the JMT is to hike through. Check out the embedded video below, or if your computer can handle HD video, by all means view it in glorious futurevision.

Via Besthike.

High Sierra HD – Backpacking the John Muir Trail from Pete Bell on Vimeo.

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Casey Schreiner

Founder and Editor-in-Chief at Modern Hiker
Since founding Modern Hiker in 2006, Casey's writing has appeared in Backpacker, Adventure Journal, the REI Blog, and Sierra Trading Post's Social Hub.

He has also been featured on Good Morning America, NPR, and the Associated Press, as well as in documentaries for Columbia Sportswear and the OTIS College of Art and Design.

Casey was one of eight people chosen by the National Parks Foundation to participate in the 2015 Find Your Park Expedition. His first book "Day Hiking Los Angeles," will be published by Mountaineers Books in 2016.
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This post was written by Casey Schreiner on February 3, 2009


  • Pete Bell says:

    Hey Casey!
    Thanks for the embed and the plug!

    I am still working on a longer version of this video. I have 11 hours of footage that I am trying to organize and write to. Of course, if there are any investors out there I would gladly sell out and pay someone to help me out. Well maybe.
    Cheers to Hikin’ it and Likin’ it!
    Pete Bell

  • Will says:

    Damn it Casey, you know you are only fanning the flames of my John Muir fire. Great vid, wish I had a teacher taking my sorry behind backpacking in highschool.

    • Modern Hiker says:

      I know, right? Although, I have a feeling if I *did* have a teacher take me backpacking in high school, I would have just disappeared into the woods around 2000 or so and never come back.

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