7 Outdoor Films You Might Have Missed in 2015

Every year the out­door indus­try releas­es a hand­ful of adven­ture films, most years there are a few good films, but every once in a while you’ll get a year where it’s too hard to pick favorites, this was one of those years. In hon­or of all the out­door films we loved in 2015, we put togeth­er a list of some of our favorites, show­cas­ing an array of out­door sports, from alpine climb­ing, to urban skat­ing, to Hol­ly­wood, these are some must see films.

1) Meru

Meru most def­i­nite­ly takes the cake for this year’s best adven­ture movie, it won the Doc­u­men­tary Award at Sun­dance, and received a ton of oth­er acco­lades. Filmed over the course of 3 years, the film doc­u­ments three world-class ath­letes and filmers, Con­rad Anker, Jim­my Chin, Renan Ozturk, while they attempt to climb Meru’s Shark’s Fin, a 4,000 foot mono­lith that takes you to the sum­mit. More than just a film about men try­ing to climb moun­tains, Meru weaves in the per­son­al nar­ra­tive of all three climbers, detail­ing the emo­tion­al and phys­i­cal strug­gle it took to make the ascent.

2) Reel Rock 10

Just when you thought you’d seen it all in the last Reel Rock, like the climb­ing world could­n’t out­do itself, you thought wrong. Reel Rock is back to show you some of the world’s most cut­ting edge climb­ing from around the globe. Reel Rock 10 show­cas­es five dif­fer­ent climb­ing films, from Tom­my Cald­well and Alex Hon­nold doing the Fitz Roy Tra­verse, to high wall boul­der­ing, to the first ascent of the Dawn Wall in Yosemite, and final­ly pay­ing trib­ute to climb­ing leg­end Dean Potter.

3) Ever­est

Despite the fact that this movie is based on one of the most infa­mous events in moun­taineer­ing his­to­ry, on arguably the most famous moun­tain in the world, this film is still 100% Hol­ly­wood. How­ev­er, that’s not nec­es­sar­i­ly a bad thing, sure Jon Krakauer dis­ap­proved of the film, but the gen­er­al pub­lic has seen the doc­u­men­taries, they’ve read the books, they know the his­to­ry, and if you’re look­ing for a fac­tu­al account you should prob­a­bly just read “Into Thin Air”. But if you’re inter­est­ed in a thrilling action/adventure movie, with A‑list celebri­ties, and some amaz­ing cin­e­matog­ra­phy, don’t miss it.

4) After The Sky Falls

“This two-year project from Nim­bus Inde­pen­dent fea­tures the cre­ative ski­ing of Eric Pol­lard, Chris Benchetler, and Pep Fujas. Nim­bus Inde­pen­dent chose to forego hav­ing a cheesy nar­ra­tive that so many mod­ern-day ski films are known for hav­ing. Instead, they chose to focus on stun­ning cin­e­matog­ra­phy that high­lights the fun, flowy, and unique style of some of freeski­ing’s defin­ing ath­letes.” — Kyle Mag­gy

5) Absinthe Eversince

Absinthe has long been known to put out a good snow­board flick, you can usu­al­ly be sure you’ll get some epic pow­der shots from the usu­al loca­tions; Japan, Europe, BC, the works, but Eversince is a huge step for­ward for the film com­pa­ny. By fea­tur­ing an array of not only big moun­tain rid­ers, but also up and com­ing urban rid­ers, who can also send it in the back­coun­try, Absinthe has shown that they’re not just in it for the pow­der hounds, but for all of snowboarding.

6) We Are Blood 

“We Are Blood” is not your aver­age skate­board­ing flick. Brain Farm Dig­i­tal Cin­e­ma, known for pro­duc­ing Travis Rice’s “The Art Of Flight”, teamed up with pro-skater Paul Rodriguez and com­pa­ny to pro­duce the first ever fea­ture-length 4k Ultra HD skate­board­ing movie. The film cel­e­brates mod­ern-day skate­board­ing and its reach across the world.” — Kyle Mag­gy

7) View From A Blue Moon

“Nev­er heard of pro-surfer John “John” Flo­rence? Well, here is your chance to get acquaint­ed with him in the first ever 4K surf film by, once again, Brain Farm Dig­i­tal Cin­e­ma. Fol­low John John around the world as he and friends surf waves both big and small in Hawaii, South Africa, Aus­tralia and more.” — Kyle Mag­gy