Embrace the Brutality – A New Outdoor Adventure Documentary

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I first met Shane O’Connell, aka Jester, at the Annual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail Kickoff event in April the day after seeing a screening of Wizards of the PCT outdoor adventure documentary. Seeing Wizards of the PCT while sitting with a ton of Pacific Crest Trail hikers was seriously cool and and quite the experience.


Fast forward a few months where I start fangirling at work when I see an email from Jester pop into my inbox asking if I would like to get an advanced copy of his newest documentary: Embrace the Brutality. An unmarked disc arrived with a handwritten note from Jester and I popped it into my PS3 and started watching right away.


Embrace the Brutality – Outdoor Adventure Documentary



Imagine going on a trip through 5 states for 5 months with some friends. Now, imagine you were walking that entire time…getting blisters, trying to out-hike a forest fire, and eating as much pizza as possible along the way. Sounds fun, right?


The Bad Wizard Team and friends filmed their adventure while hiking from New Mexico to the Canadian border along the Continental Divide Trail. It was really fun to watch them climb over/under/through barbed wire fences and their excitement when some sort of trail magic happens…one of the trail magic moments even had me cheering!


Now, for you skeptics out there: This isn’t some boring slideshow or that Facebook album of 300+ photos of the same damn thing that you dread popping up in your feed. This is a fantastic, beautiful, and inspiring documentary. I mean, did you know that there was a trail that goes from New Mexico to Canada? Did you know that there’s microbes in some hot springs that can eat your brain?? Learn that and more from Embrace the Brutality.

This documentary is for:

  • Anybody with a sense of wanderlust
  • People wanting to see what the country looks like when you travel on foot
  • Hikers looking for some inspiration for their first thru-hike
  • Adventurers hoping to add something to a bucket list


Find Embrace the Brutality on Facebook and buy a copy of the DVD today!





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  • Brittany July 17, 2013, 1:04 pm

    Aaahhhh, such good adventure porn there! I loved the quick shot of the guy with the mud (?) line between his ankle and the rest of his leg! I’m going to have to look into this doc. Thanks for posting about it!

    • Kam July 21, 2013, 6:25 pm

      Isn’t it crazy how dirty things get? The movie is great and didn’t scare me away from doing a long hike, unlike another doc I watched recently :X

  • Adina | Gluten Free Travelette July 17, 2013, 5:59 pm

    Awesome! Thanks sharing! I have a very soft spot for any hikes involving the Continental Divide.

    • Kam July 21, 2013, 6:26 pm

      Have you done it before, Adina? It looks beautiful!

  • Justin July 18, 2013, 7:13 am

    Ordering my copy now. Thanks for sharing!

    • Kam July 21, 2013, 6:26 pm

      Let me know how you like it and if you write a review so I can post a link here!

  • Gary Walters July 18, 2013, 12:31 pm

    I just viewed the video today, and I personally found it to be fantastic! Good friends make for good adventures, and the group found laughter on even the most boring of days on the CDT. Scenery shots was worth the price of the DVD alone, and the music fit the mood.

    • Kam July 21, 2013, 6:27 pm

      The music was pretty fantastic and the quality was great. Did you ever see Wizards of the PCT?


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