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13 Awesome Outdoor and Nature Documentaries Available to Stream Now!

3 Brand New Documentaries Released on Netflix, and 10 More Across Amazon Prime, Disney+, and other Streaming Services!


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Let's go OUT to the movies: Boulder Creek, CA - Photo Credit: Bryan Donoghue


 

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Looking for an outdoor thrill while staying cozy indoors this winter? Here are some of the top outdoor and nature documentaries released in 2021 that will leave you in awe of the inspiring grit of mountaineers, and maybe even lead you to plan your next peak to summit! These 3 new mountaineering movies join an extensive list of incredible outdoor documentaries, see below for some of our favorites from the past several years!


All of these movies are currently available for streaming, making it even easier to bask in the glory of the outdoors while basking in the glory of your couch! Click on each movie poster to be taken directly to the streaming link!


 

3 Brand New Movies to Stream on Netflix

 

The Alpinist (2021)


This extraordinary film tells the story of Marc-André Leclerc, the quintessential solo adventurer. Through his epic ascents of some of the most difficult peaks in the Americas, he demonstrates the art of surviving insane situations in remote mountains alone. With no camera crews and no ropes, he lets the mountains decide his fates throughout each of his expeditions. Leclerc notes that his accomplishments are not what changed his life, it was the ability to overcome barriers that left him with an experience much greater than the achievements themselves. However, the freedom of solo alpinism comes with deadly risks…

(Netflix)






14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible (2021)


14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible encapsulates the adventures of Nepali climber Nimsdai Purja, as he embarks on Project Possible, to summit all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks in record time. His 7 month goal can only be achieved by utilizing the full extent of his incredible physical and mental strength. Purja and his team of sherpas define themselves in the mountains, and live every moment to the fullest. The incredible story of his fierce determination, and the unforgiving nature of the mountains are exhibited throughout this chronicle of his record breaking journey.

(Netflix)






The Summit of the Gods (2021)


This animated documentary is based on the Japanese manga series written by Jiro Taniguchi. The film details the story of a Japanese reporter who accidentally comes across another mountain climber that may have the camera that belonged to George Mallory, who disappeared in 1924 while attempting to climb Mt. Everest. The reporter's quest to find the camera that can prove Mallory was the first to conquer Mt. Everest will lead him on an expedition of his own.

(Netflix)




 

10 More Incredible Outdoors and Nature Movies to Stream

 

Free Solo (2018)



‘Free Solo,’ one of my all-time favorite outdoors movies, tells the incredible story of Alex Honnold and his journey to free solo climb the infamous El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

(Disney+)






The Dawn Wall (2017)


Another climbing film, showcasing the incredible story of Tommy Caldwell’s and Kevin Jorgeson’s ascent of the impressive Dawn Wall located in Yosemite National Park. (Amazon Prime)







Night on Earth (2020)


‘Night on Earth’ is a documentary series that explores how nocturnal creatures that are active throughout the night survive.

(Netflix)






Grizzly Man (2005)


Grizzly Man’ tells the life story of bear enthusiast Timothy Tredwell, partially through film shot by Treadwell himself that was found after his death - caused by a bear who was not nearly as enthusiastic about humans as he was about bears.

(Amazon Prime)






Valley Uprising (2014)


‘Valley Uprising’ details the deep traditions of rock climbing through unforgettable tales from the iconic Yosemite Valley.

(Amazon Prime)








Magnetic (2018)


Filled with action and adventure, this thrilling film follows adrenaline junkies that seek remote locations around the world to perform the most extreme sports.

(Amazon Prime)







Mountain (2017)

An exhilarating film, narrated by Willem Dafoe, that describes the relationship between nature’s highest peaks and the human exploration of these mountains - set to a beautiful soundtrack courtesy of the famed Australian Chamber Orchestra.

(Tubi)







Biking Borders (2021)


This inspiring film details the journey of two young best friends who bike over 9,000 miles from Berlin to Beijing to raise money for a fundraising campaign to build a school in Central America.

(Netflix)







Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey (2017)


When it comes to dirtbags, Fred Beckey might be climbing’s original and most infamous. This film tells the story of Beckey’s extreme climbing lifestyle and lifelong dedication to the sport.

(Amazon Prime)







Pedal the World (2015)

‘Pedal the World’ takes you on an epic cycling journey across more than 11,000 miles with Felix Starck to find a deeper meaning of life. Sometimes the craziest of adventures are just what you need in order to find your purpose.

(Netflix)







For more great outdoors-related movies to add to your list, check out this list of some of the Pathloom staff's favorites!


 

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