Paddle to Seattle hits the festival circuit
When J.J. Kelly and Josh Thomas met on the Appalachian Trail back in 2003, they ended up spending three months trekking those blue mountains together, and ultimately decided to plan an extravagant–and this time intentional–crossing of paths down the, er, river. What ensued promises to make for one of the best adventure films of the year.
Paddle to Seattle chronicles the adventures of these talented but let’s admit it, also lucky, friends as they paddled their way down from Alaska to Seattle in handmade wooden Pygmy kayaks. Three months and more than 1300 miles of some of the most remote terrain in North America later, the two braved all sorts of conditions, mishaps, and general raucousness suitable for this kind of adventure, which has been brilliantly edited into what Paddler Magazine calls “80 minutes of the best feature film about paddling produced in the last decade.” It’s their loss to not have made it just a bit further south to the brilliant paddling waters of Oregon, but still, we’re all very, very jealous.