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, the REI Blog, Adventure Journal, and Sierra Trading Post's Social Hub. He was in Columbia Sportswear's inaugural #OmniTen program and was featured prominently in their documentary "I Am #OmniTen."

His stories for Modern Hiker have brought regional and national attention, and have been featured on Good Morning America, NPR, and the Associated Press.

Casey is also an award-winning television writer-producer, and was Series Producer of pivot's TakePart Live and Head Writer of G4's Attack of the Show.

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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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