Outdoor Movies For A Rainy Day


Sometimes the weather just doesn’t lend itself to a trip to the mountains or a long weekend hike. When the rain is hammering against your roof, tent, dome, caravan, or RV, it might just be best to curl up in front of a movie. But if you still want to get your fix of the great outdoors, watch one of these outdoor classics.


After watching this movie about Martin Sheen’s character retracing his deceased son’s footsteps along the Camino de Santiago in Spain, I actually booked a flight to Spain and walked the Camino de Santiago myself the following year. Few outdoor movies have inspired me to go and do something like The Way.


A must-watch for any outdoor enthusiast. The true story of Christopher McCandless walking into the Alaskan wilderness is both incredibly sad and incredibly optimistic at the same time. If you’ve already seen it, read the book by Jon Krakauer for another perspective.


Made famous for that one cringe-worthy scene, James Franco plays a young climber trapped in a canyon. The ultimate survival story for climbers, canyoners, and bushwalkers alike.


If this doesn’t inspire you to get outside and achieve greatness as soon as the rain clears up, I don’t know what will. Maidentrip follows a 14-year-old, Laura Dekker who set sail to become the youngest person to complete a solo-trip around the world. It is a beautifully constructed movie compiled largely from her own actual footage.


Another true story, this time a little closer to home. Tracks follows one girl’s 2,000-mile hike across the Australian bush. She takes her four camels along with her. A charming movie, perfect for any lover of bushwalking.


The true story that threw the mountaineering and climbing community under the spotlight. Touching the Void is the tragic tale of two climbers in the Peruvian Andes and the difficulties they encountered during their climb.


With Reese Witherspoon in the lead role, too many blokes dismissed this as a chick flick. But Wild asks some pertinent questions about why we do the things we do and our relationship with the wilderness. It follows the story of a woman who decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail in the United States after the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother. She has limited experience and is more accustomed to wild nights than wild nature.


For the staggering beauty of the Canadian locations, the Revenant should be on every outdoorsman’s (and women’s) must-watch list. It isn’t going to make you want to become a nineteenth-century fur trader in a hurry, but it will have you itching to see more of the planets untouched beauty.

I hope these outdoor classics get you through the storm until you can get back onto the trails and do some exploring for yourself.


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Oli Ward
Oli Ward

Oli has camped and hiked his way around Australia and most of Europe. He also loves writing about his experiences and sharing his knowledge.