We scoured Amazon Prime for the best documentaries for the outdoor enthusiast. From hiking over long kilometers to surviving on the mountain, these are sure to be entertained and inspired.
Sure, we’d rather be outside. But if that’s not possible, the next best thing is to see one of these true adventure stories on Amazon.
The best documentaries on Amazon Prime
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“The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young”
You don’t have to be a runner to enjoy this document. It records the cultic race and its enigmatic founder. Inspired by an escape from prison, this race is like no other. In 25 years there have only been 10 finishers. It’s challenging, strange, and fascinating to look at.
“Uprising in the valley”
Learn more about the evolution of climbing in Yosemite Valley in this documentary from Sender Films. From OG climbers in the ’60s, when climbing was a side activity under the radar, to today’s “mainstream” sport, this film discusses some of the biggest names for advancing the sport of climbing.
“This mountain life”
This film shows breathtaking shots of the Coast Range of British Columbia and documents an epic mother and daughter journey from Vancouver, Canada to Skagway, Alaska. During the 6 month ski traverse, other stories are scattered about people who made the mountains their life and home in many different ways. This is a must for anyone who loves the mountains.
“The toughest race in the world: Eco-Challenge Fiji”
Watch 66 teams compete in the “toughest race in the world” under the watchful eye of Bear Grylls. From biking through the muddy jungle to paddling the oceans and rivers, you’ll be cheering and retaining these teams. From veterans to elite racers to families, the competitors are what makes you keep coming back.
“Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey”
It’s hard to think about climbing without thinking about Fred Beckey. He made hundreds of first climbs and wrote several definitive climbing guides. This film explores his formidable accomplishments, unconventional life, and crazy but lovable personality.
Immerse yourself in big wave surfing with this stunning film from Red Bull Media House. Nathan Fletcher comes from a long line of cutting edge surfers – and it shows. Try not to shudder as he jumps off a helicopter into incredibly big waves.
You will have this document at the edge of your seat. Elite mountaineers Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk travel to India to face the massive (and dangerous) Mount Meru. Along the way, they will have to fight inner demons, face mortality, and work together no matter what.
Do you think an IRONMAN race – a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run – sounds difficult? Try to do 50 IRONMANs in 50 days in 50 states.
“A deeper shade of blue”
This film is more than just a surf film. He explores the deeper roots of surfing and man’s search for big waves. Some of the sound editing and narration can float towards cheesy. But if you can get over it, the ocean footage and the Hang Ten story make an interesting documentary.
“Art of Freedom: The Himalayas”
For over 20 years, the Poles held the record for climbing some of the highest mountain peaks in the world. Watch Jerzy Kukuczka become the first Pole to conquer the crown of the Himalayas – every 8,000m.Remember that you need the subtitles to enjoy this story of alpine climbing in the 80s.
“Birdmen: The Original Dream of Human Flight”
This adrenaline-filled film immerses you in the world of BASE jumping and wingsuit flying. Many of these athletes revolutionized the sport, but it all started here.
Dams have changed the outdoor spaces we love. This film looks at the effects of congestion on American waterways and the opportunities that arise if we remove them. With excellent storytelling and videography, you will never see a dam like this again.
Join free climbers Alex Honnold and Hazel Findlay on their journey through Africa to tackle some of the continent’s most challenging rock faces. The film lacks a strong story arc, but this is made up for by impressive climbing material and the opportunity to see master climbers at work.
Follow us as non-professional runners try to complete some of the toughest ultramarathons in the world. Each race consists of 250 km of brutal, beautiful desert adventure.
This film from Patagonia tells the iconic battle between construction and land protection. It tells the story of the decades-long struggle for the future of the Jumbo Valley in British Columbia. And at just an hour, it’s great for a weekday movie night.
“Mile … a mile and a half”
Step by step this group conquers the John Muir Trail and builds a sympathetic camaraderie that covers 219 miles in 25 days.
No, it’s not the kind of outdoor adventure we normally dream of, but this true cowboy story is worth considering. After four men and 16 mustangs on an incredible 3,000 mile journey from Mexico to Canada, Unbranded shows some of the most beautiful and harshest places the USA has to offer.
Top Documentaries on Amazon
These adventure documentaries are not currently available on Amazon Prime. But when you’re ready to spend a few dollars, they’re well worth the time and money.
If you haven’t seen this Oscar-winning documentary, then you need to drop what you’re doing, shell out the $ 4, and watch it now. Elite climber Alex Honnold is preparing for his lifelong dream – to climb the 3,200-foot-high El Capitan without a rope.
This ski and snowboard film is not only full of top talent and epic prospects, it goes even deeper. The film celebrates the athletes’ connection to the roots of skiing and snowboarding. It shows the pure joy and adventure associated with these sports.
By exploring the history, places and people in the world of skiing and snowboarding, viewers will experience how closely the athletes are connected to those who came before.
“Security for Nome”
Every February 50 athletes are invited to perform an incredible feat: a 1,000 mile journey through Alaska. This documentary tells about The Iditarod Trail Invitational, one of the toughest races in the world.
This documentary is more than just an alpine adventure. He reveals the reality of life as a Sherpa. Shot in 2014, it shows how the Sherpa community had to reevaluate their livelihoods and ultimately unite after the avalanche that claimed 16 of them. This film is convincing and beautifully shot.
“Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story”
Partly outdoor adventure, part survival epic. This documentary will inspire you. The life of chef and nature lover Eduardo Garcia is changed during a regular Montana hike. Shocked with 2,400 V of electricity, he lost an arm and almost his life. But he manages to rebuild an even better life.
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