Two Harbors, MN – Granite Gear is pleased to announce its sponsorship of Pacific Crest Trail film, Only the Essential. Produced by thru-hiker Colin Arisman, the film reflects the journey of two thru-hikers moving from Mexico to Canada and their experience of connecting to nature and the subtler wisdom of the wild.
In the summer of 2013, Arisman, carrying his Granite Gear Blaze AC 60 pack, and friend Casey Gannon thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail with cameras in hand. From their 5-month, 2668-mile journey through the wilderness of California, Oregon, and Washington, Only the Essential was born.
“Our goal was to capture the brutal, yet breathtaking, ebb and flow of thru-hiking,” says Arisman. “The film serves as a window to experience the Pacific Crest Trail and the value of simplifying our modern lives by carrying ‘only the essentials’ we needed to live on trail.”
Arisman launched the trailer of the film this October, and the video went viral on Facebook garnering 60,000 views in two days, and was shared by major publications such as Outside Magazine.
Early screenings of the film produced praise from outdoor writers and adventurers. Steve Casimiro, editor for the Adventure Journal, said of the film, ‘a wonderful, fresh enthusiasm for the pureness of spending night after night under the stars, day after day cruising on your own power.”
The 40-minute film is now available for purchase at OnlyTheEssential.com. Full film screenings begin on December 19th and will take place in cities in Oregon, Washington and Vermont. View the screenings calendar here.
About Granite Gear
For 28 independent years, Granite Gear has brought cutting-edge products to the outdoor marketplace. Their award-winning backpacks, adventure travel gear, extensive variety of storage sacks, lifestyle accessories, and canoe gear offer excellence in design and construction. Granite Gear’s desire is for all outdoor enthusiasts and travelers to experience the incredible durability and comfort of their products. Located in Northern Minnesota, just minutes from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Superior Hiking Trail, they have a rugged and beautiful testing ground for their products.