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the documentary

 

Packed with her camera and everything she needed to survive on her back, Rachel embarked on a long distance hike of America. For 5 months she walked through pristine wilderness in California and Washington, hiking an average of 30 kms per day. 

The documentary explores themes of independence, finding self-confidence, confronting a fear of being alone and a desire to break free of societal norms. Ultimately, it is a documentary about a woman choosing to take an alternative path in life. 

Rachel overcame her fear of solo night hiking to avoid desert sun; anxiety about traversing the High Sierra in the highest snow year on record; and wading across the dangerously swollen rivers that claimed the lives of two fellow hikers that summer. The film captures Rachel's joy as she finds freedom in the wild, as well as her loneliness when faced with weeks of complete solitude.

 

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