So, last week I was introduced to the documentary 180 South. I am having the biggest case of wanderlust now and I want to go to Chile so badly now!
180 South is a documentary that follows the wanderer Jeff Johnson on his quest to retrace the steps of Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins on a trip to Patagonia. You follow Jeff from Mexico to Chile on a sail boat. There are many struggles on this journey, one causing a major delay in Rapa Nui (Easter Island). It just adds to his journey. He reaches Patagonia where he stays with Tompkins, and goes climbing with Chouinard and some friends. It’s a story about acting when the travel bug bites, watching him sail, surf, hike and climb. I have not been inspired like this in a really long time!
I want to share some of my favorite quotes from this documentary:
“There were people out there putting themselves in places they weren’t supposed to be, and I knew right then that I wanted to be there too.”
“If I don’t get on that boat, I know exactly what I’m going home to. If I do, my future is unwritten.”
“I’m drawn to open country; it’s where everything becomes clear. Where the world makes the most sense. When I put myself out there I always return with something new.”
“The best journeys answer questions that in the beginning you didn’t think to ask.”
-Jeff Johnson quoting his friend-
“The whole purpose of climbing something like Everest is the effect; some sort of spiritual and physical gain, but if you compromise the process you’re an ass hole when you start out and you’re an ass hole when you get back.”
“Fear of the unknown is the greatest fear of all.”
“The word adventure has just gotten overused. For me, adventure is when everything goes wrong. That’s when the adventure starts.”
“Yeah, the end result is absolutely useless, but every time I travel I learn something new. Hopefully I get to be a better person.”
“When open country is gone, we will be gone with it.”
This documentary has been out for a couple of years, so I want to know what you guys thought if you’ve seen it! If you haven’t, though, drop whatever it is that you’re doing and do this… Now. Seriously, guys… NOW!