180° South

This pick is a slight break from what we’ve typically been posting on this blog, being that it’s a documentary, but I’ve watched this movie about 15 times since it came out three years ago, and it gives me goosebumps every time.

180° South is a story about a guy named Jeff Johnson. Jeff’s a pretty average guy, with a pretty average job, who loves rock climbing and surfing. However, when Jeff finds old footage of Doug Tompkins and Yvon Chouinard (the founders of The North Face and Patagonia clothing companies) on a road trip to Chile, he decides to find a way to recreate the trip that both men claim played a significant role in the inspiration for their life’s work.

Jeff hires on as a deck hand on a boat bound for Patagonia, Chile and leaves his job, home, and way of life behind to embark on a journey that will change the way he looks at the world. He not only takes the trip of a lifetime, but he gets to meet his heroes.  Jeff  talks to Tompkins and Chouinard about how they have both dedicated their lives to protecting nature in whatever ways they can, and this documentary gives the viewer a peek into exactly what it is that these two are doing to give back using what they have made with their successful companies.

Whether you love spending time in the outdoors, or simply suffer from a bit of wanderlust, you’ll thoroughly enjoy 180° South. From shipwrecks, to mountain climbing, Jeff’s expedition south of the equator has just about everything a good adventure needs, and it’ll leave you wanting to hit the road yourself.