Director Begins 2,667 Mile Walk from Mexico to Canada to Shoot Documentary on the Pacific Crest Trail

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Filmmaker Michael Daniel set out this morning to begin his hike across North America; a hike that will put him in three different countries and three U.S. states over the next six months. Daniel is shooting a follow up to his successful documentary about the Appalachian Trail. His second hiking doc, “Walking West with Freedom”, will take him along the Pacific Crest Trail. The trail starts in Mexico, just south of San Diego, California and ends near Vancouver, Canada where Daniel will arrive in early October.

Filmmaker Michael Daniel set out this morning to begin his hike across North America; a hike that will put him in three different countries and three U.S. states over the next six months. Daniel is shooting a follow up to his successful documentary about the Appalachian Trail. His second hiking doc, “Walking West with Freedom”, will take him along the Pacific Crest Trail. The trail starts in Mexico, just south of San Diego, California and ends near Vancouver, Canada where Daniel will arrive in early October.

Daniel hopes to not only share with people the diverse, beautiful scenery of America’s first hiking trail, but also how fragile the environment there is and how our modern lifestyles are impacting even remote areas of the trail. From hiking through the sweltering desert to below zero weather on glaciers, Daniel will take viewers along with him. “Hopefully I’ll learn something about why we have allowed so much damage to happen within our environment, why it starts and how we can begin to fix it.” Daniel said. “I hope to also share the importance of finding alternative means of energy for our homes and lives. Positive change starts with the individual and we all need to take a good hard look at our world, our environment and ourselves.”

He also wants to show how being alone with nature on such an expedition can have a positive impact on a person’s mind, body and soul. “On this journey I hope to recapture a little of my tarnished soul, my bruised physicality and my media-numbed brain.” He added. Daniel actually began his documentary in Dallas where Baylor Hospital’s Wellness Center gave him a complete physical. “Baylor has been extremely generous in donating services from their advanced medical center and staff to our project” said David Burrows, Daniel’s Executive Producer. When Daniel returns this fall, Baylor physicians will provide a follow up exam to chart how a 2,667-mile walk affects the human body. “I suspect I’ll lose a lot of weight,” he laughed.

When the shooting is complete, Daniel will return to New Hampshire to begin editing the hundred’s of hours of footage while Burrows will be working on music selections for the film. The final documentary will consist of two different themes – one for distribution and a shorter one for television broadcast. Generous sponsors for the project include: Baylor Wellness Center, Asolo Footwear, Campmor.com, Equinox (Fundamental Tools for Earth Travelers), Mountain Hardware (Tents & Backpacks), MSR (Innovative Adventure Gear), Silva USA (Watches, Speed odometers & Compasses) and Barking Harley Productions.

For more information on the documentary visit:

http://www.walkingwithfreedom.com

For press and interviews:

dmburrows @ gmail.com

214.526.5355

About the Pacific Crest Trail:

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is the jewel in the crown of America's scenic trails, spanning 2650 miles from Mexico to Canada through three western states. It reveals beauty of the desert, unfolds the glaciated expanses of the Sierra Nevada, and provides commanding vistas of volcanic peaks and glaciers in the Cascade mining sites and evidence of human's endless quest for natural resources. Thousands of hikers and equestrians enjoy this national treasure each year. Some only travel a few miles, while others complete every mile in a single season!

The history of the Pacific Crest Trail started when the route was first explored in the late 1930s by teams of young men from the YMCA. Once proven feasible, trail pioneers Clinton Clarke and Warren Rogers lobbied the federal government to secure a border-to-border trail corridor. They had to settle however, for several disconnected trails along the crest of each state. Largely through the efforts of hikers and equestrians, the PCT was eventually designated one of the first scenic trails in the National Trails System authorized by Congress in 1968, and was dedicated in 1993.

The PCT has five distinct sections, each one having unique climate, geology, flora and fauna. These sections are Southern California, Central California, Northern California, Oregon, and Washington.

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