Being injured sucks. You get to hear about how your mates have ticked a new climbing project, ridden a new idyllic single-track or hiked in a remote part of the Highlands whilst you’re forced to sit back doing nothing as you wait for your body to recover. I’ve been through these exact pains recently, forced on me by a very poorly-timed shoulder dislocation – slap bang in the middle of summer. This has however meant that instead of being down the climbing wall, I’ve spent loads of evenings at home catching up on all the best adventure films on Netflix – and I’ve thankfully got enough movement left in the offending shoulder to type up my findings.
Some of the outdoor documentaries and films here in this list have been carried over from our Best Adventure Movies On Netflix article from last year as many of them are classics and pretty hard to knock off this list. However there are still plenty of new adventure movies to get stuck into. At the time of writing (August 2019) these can all be found on Netflix for your immediate escapism.
Release Date: 5th April 2019
IMDB Rating: 9.4 out of 10
David Attenborough’s soothing sounds had once only been available to hear if you had access to the BBC’s Planet Earth series which was frustratingly only free online to people living in the UK on the BBC iPlayer. Now, Attenborough is available for the whole world (the Netflix world) to listen to via the all-new nature documentary Our Planet, an eight-part series exploring some of the world’s remaining wilderness areas and the creatures within them. It received widespread critical acclaim on its release and has since been nominated for a whopping 10 Emmy awards.
The Dawn Wall
Release Date: 14th September, 2018
IMDB Rating: 8.1 out of 10
The Dawn Wall follows the fascinating life of Tommy Caldwell and how he went about tackling one of the hardest free climbs in the world – The Dawn Wall. The film was first released in 2018 but didn’t get shown on Netflix until 5 March 2019, probably shuffled into their line-up following the huge mainstream success of Free Solo, Jimmy Chin’s Oscar-winning documentary on Alex Honnold’s epic ropeless ascent of El Capitan.
The climb in focus here took Tommy Caldwell and his climbing partner seven years to plan and complete, with the pair finally topping-out back in January 2015. What took them so long? That’ll be the 8c+ crux pitch that’s found right in the middle of the route. Get this documentary on your watch list to see just how tough this climb is.