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TREK - A Journey on the Appalachian Trail


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Product Details

  • Actors: Brian Burnham, Leon Godwin, Max Schoenberger
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Cirque Productions
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002DFWHQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,312 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

TREK was released from the documentary film studio Cirque Productions.As Cirque's most recent release, TREK runs an hour and forty minutes, and is the most accurate and up to date portrayal of the life of a Thru Hiker and the Appalachian Trail as it is today.

From the Contributor

This documentary gives amazing insight into thru hiker life, and gives a great feel to the essence of the Appalachian Trail. I've shown this film to hikers and non-hikers, and everyone is moved and inspired by the intensity of this film. 'Strider' - AT Hiker 2001

Customer Reviews

A very good film that could have been great!
JodiT.
The guys that created it were tons of fun to watch, and really gave a feel for what it's like to be out there hiking...it's definately not all fun and games!
Cassandra
It was good; I really enjoyed it; it gave a very realistic, personal view of life on the trail.
Sam J.C.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Candace Scott on October 28, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Someday I will do an AT thru hike and bought this DVD primarily because of the rave reviews here. It was an enjoyable viewing experience but not quite what I had anticipated.

Don't expect a lot of scenes from the actual AT itself or much scenary. The focus of the movie is on the four young guys making the thru hike. They are interviewed extensively throughout the experience and they comment on food, terrain, trail towns, fatique, thirst and other aspects of the thru hike. All of them were pleasant and reasonably interesting, but I found myself aching to see more of the trail itself. There are tantalizingly brief glimpses of the Balds, the Whites and the rocky sections in Pennsylvania. I would have liked to have seen more of the scenery.

Another small criticism is that there are segments utterly extraneous from the trail. Two examples are a video chapter on drinking a gallon of milk in a short period time and then the boys going off to Manhatten. Most people might enjoy these snippets, but again, I'd rather see and vicariously experience the AT itself.

The last segment when they celebrate on Katahdin was interesting and emotional, as well their musings of having to return to the real world and the dreaded "work environment." Ouch!

I recommend this for people who have done the AT or who plan on doing it. The film is well-made, compact and entertaining.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Beelzebub on April 5, 2004
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Get out your notepads and take some notes because this documentary ISN'T your typical scenic documentary that tells nothing of what trail life is really like. While TREK does include some beautiful scenery, the footage mainly serves the purpose to describe the terrain one would encounter. Although the scenic documentaries might inspire the recluse or Throeau-like hiker to hit the trail, TREK gives a real account of what it's like to complete the AT in its entirety.

Having hiked some of the more difficult portions of the trail in New England, I could relate to the hikers mental and physical ups and downs. But watching them surmount much adversity and work together as a team to accomplish their goal made me want to quit my job today and start hiking!
I would like to hike the entire AT one day and TREK also provided great instructional tips for before and during the hike like mail drops and shedding backpack pounds. I also appreciated the more human element present in the film that culminated in a great summit finale with a lot of the friends they met along the way.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Morse on March 21, 2005
Format: DVD
I've been wanting to see Trek for a while now, but had some trepidation since my own movie, 2000 Miles to Maine is also a documentary about the Appalachian Trail. I finally watched it this past week and I really enjoyed this movie. The four Horsemen may seem like typical twenty somethings just out to prove something, but quickly we come to appreciate their camaraderie, humor, and introspective development. These guys really do change physically and emotionally through the course of their journey. As someone pointed out in an AT forum, much of 2000 Miles to Maine is like meeting many people and chewing the fat at a shelter while Trek focuses on four guys as they struggle from state to state. I think it is too bad that some have used these reviews to slam others efforts as both movies are truly heartfelt examinations of the trail. Trek is a excellent documentary and a great purchase for any fan of the Appalachian Trail.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By marion corby on April 20, 2004
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I loved this film. I wanted to see what it was really like to go through the entire trail day after day for 5 months. The ups & downs of the trek. On one hand you have the spectacular scenery from the mountaintops, the wildlife,the wildflowers, waterfalls but you have to contend with rain, cold, blisters, your whole body aching. But it looked like it was worth it when they finally reached the end of the trail everyone was so happy. Happy at what they had accomplished & happy in a way that it was over. I recommend this film to anyone who loves the great outdoors. It is truly inspiring.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By TinMan on July 30, 2004
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I've been researching thru hikes for the last 2 years with the intension of beggining my own thru hike March 2005. I've read 4 books and several planning guides. This is the 1st video I've seen. Books give a good idea of the logistics and the committment of time and resources. This video give a better idea of the discomfort and tedium. You see it on the faces of the people and hear it in their voices. You also get a better sense of the BIG PAYOFF - commaradarie on the trail, scenery, and the personal satisfaction of completing monumental personal undertaking. Overall a great video for anyone considering a thru hike. I can understand some of the negative reviews. This video paints a rosy picture. Well edited and producted. Most of the filming shows nice views with blue skies and celebration at the end.

I recommend viewing the dvd - "2000 Miles to Maine: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail". A story about thru hiking the AT but told in a much different light. Alot of mist, rain, lonliness. You might be suprised at the end. I wont give it away. I was suprised at the number of people and the party atmosphere at the beginning in Georgia.
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