The Hard Way
Montana runner Bob Hayes splits his own wood, mends his barn and fences, hauls hay for his cows and participates in more than 30 races every year. None of these feats would be exceptionally inspiring — except that Hayes was born in 1926. Hayes began running at age 60. At the insistence of his kids, he raced a 5k and got hooked. He’s now a revered celebrity of the Missoula, Montana, running community, known for his grit and motivation. The Hard Way proves age is just a number and that the best race is the next one.
Professional skier Stan Rey has driven the Sea to Sky Highway (Highway 99) between Whistler and Vancouver, British Columbia, countless times since he was a kid, always intrigued by the imposing silhouette of the Tantalus Range in the distance. It was on this stretch of winding, coastal highway that his sister has a devastating car accident, so skiing takes a backseat for Rey as he tends to his sister’s recovery. But little by little, skiing provides an escape. The Highway is the emotional story about not taking anything for granted and, finally, pulling off a bucket-list dream.
After completing a number of bold first ascents and free solos at her home base in Squamish, British Columbia, rock climber Brette Harrington expands her range on a yearlong road trip. “It’s so exciting finding your own way up and solving puzzles along the way,” she explains with the same casual, undaunted and bubbly nature that she employs to tackle brand-new disciplines and some of the West’s rowdiest lines.
North of Known
For years, professional paraglider Gavin McClurg harbored an ambitious dream to soar the length of the entire, 500-mile-long Alaska Range, riding thermals as far as possible before landing to camp for the night. Dave Turner joins McClurg on the adventure, but the pair run into trouble when bad weather grounds them for days at a time. Hiking takes its toll, in the form of calories burned, and the expedition turns into a desperate quest to make it to their next food cache. North of Known features beautiful aerial shots of North America’s highest peaks — Denali, Foraker and Hunter — while the film’s stars fly by in pursuit of their dream, looking small and vulnerable in the great wide open.