Local and national controversy has surrounded Maine’s recently established Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in recent months. While there has been plenty of noise generated by these debates, none of it has touched on the reason the monument was created in the first place: to protect and encourage public access to Maine's natural beauty and outdoor adventures. 

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World-class camping, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, hunting, fishing, wildlife, and sightseeing are all at every visitor's fingertips. In September of 2017, a team of four Maine-born photographers and filmmakers set off into Katahdin Woods & Waters to document the land in hopes of encouraging more public use. Their film, Monumental, documents a five day, 64-mile-long human powered circumnavigation of the park by canoe, bike, and foot.

“We set off into Katahdin Woods and Waters with hopes of finding an original adventure in Maine," says Cait Bourgault​, the narrator of the short film, produced in partnership with Old Town Canoes, Hyperlite Mountain Gear, Good To-Go Foods, and Baxter Brewing.  "Along the way, we were fascinated by the beauty of its land, the remoteness of its wilderness, and the endless potential for outdoor recreation and lifestyle. We hope Monumental inspires others to go experience the monument and discover the way life should be.”

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