Do More With Less
In the Summer of 2014 I hiked from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail. For five and a half months I hiked twenty miles a day, carrying nothing more than a 15 pound pack. It was an adventure beyond anything I have ever experienced. I slept outside almost every night, hitch-hiked into towns to resupply, and met people from all over the world.
I hiked the PCT with my friend Eric Timmerman. With two small cameras and basic audio recording equipment our goal was to capture the pulse of the PCT’s unique thru-hiking community. Together we interviewed over 100 hikers about life on the trail and their thoughts on work-life balance. Everyone had been preparing for this trip for months and some for years. This was their passion, for some a turning point in life, and it meant a lot to everyone. So when we asked people to talk about it, it was like a gushing faucet.
When we finished our hike we had over 50 hours of footage to edit. We were faced with the biggest project either of us had taken on. The result was "Do More With Less", a documentary narrated by a nomadic community on the PCT. Throughout the 2,660 miles and endless challenges this community talks about hiking, abandoning the grid, and how to live an adventurous lifestyle.
Photographer Brandon Sharpe hiked the PCT during the same summer, and was generous enough to donate this image for the poster. We used this poster to promote screenings and to get the word out about the project.
As word spread about the documentary we needed a place to direct people where they could watch the film. This single-page site introduced people to the project, the trail, and the friends we met along the way. Brian Bravo teamed up with us to build the design and launch the site before the film's release.