I love YouTube. I mean, I REALLY love YouTube. As a matter of fact, I watch more YouTube videos than I do regular TV. This hiking obsession of mine took root in several channels. So, I thought I would post them here in case someone else has caught the hiking bug and is looking for everything from DIY hammock gear, to amazing photography and cinematography, to just good old fashioned trip reports.
I will start with my number one channel.
- It’s the man, the myth, the legend…WHOOOOOO BUDDY! It’s Shug!
Yep, you read that right, Shug. Shug’s real name is Sean Emery and he is a professional clown. Can you see where this is going? A clown that hikes…hmmm…has it peeked your interest? Shug was one of those guys I kept hearing mentioned on other channels. Finally one day I just typed his name in to see who this person was that seemed to be some sort of hiking god. Well, after watching one video I was hooked. In fact, I started watching his videos in bed at night while going to sleep. My husband was concerned at the fact that I was watching some guy and laughing so hard it would keep him awake. He is seriously funny. He is also a hammock guru. The man knows just about everything about hammock camping. He has several videos on how to get the perfect ‘hang’. He is also a very accomplished backpacker having backpacked and camped most of his life in North Carolina and Minnesota.
- Sintax77–Also a Shawn. What are the odds?
Admittedly when his videos first popped up as a suggestion on YouTube I had a hard time getting into them. However, I hung in there and really started enjoying his style of editing and now I can’t wait for his videos to come out. His filming and editing have come a long way from just a few years ago. He does awesome trip reports and his gear reviews are really helpful (especially to newbies). His wife, Sara, is also in a lot of the videos and it’s good to get a woman’s perspective on the gear as well.
One of the most extreme hiking videos I have ever watched was his High Winds Hiking and Winter Camping in the White Mountain video. You have GOT to check it out. Intense, to say the least.
Also, check out his website for detailed trip reports.
- Adventure Archives comes in at Number 3.
Andrew, Bryan, Robby and Thomas are four incredibly talented cinematographers. A lot of the music in their videos is written by them and almost all of the music has an Asian feel to it. I suppose that’s one of the reasons I am drawn to their videos. The editing is so well done and the music takes you right along into each scene that makes the wilderness seem like a completely safe place.
- Joe Robinet is at Number 4.
Joe is one I have been watching for a long time. If you want to learn the art of bush crafting then this is one of the best channels, in my opinion, on YouTube. I have learned so much about shelter building and fire making and just overall how to have a good time in the woods, without being stressed, from this channel. He and his trusty dog, Scout, head out the woods alone, most of the time, and take us all along for the journey. He’s one whose video production style has changed and gotten better over the years. Joe was also a contestant on the second season of the TV show ‘Alone’. You can check out his website here.
- John Amorosano rounds out the top 5.
Now, don’t think because he’s number five in my list that his channel isn’t worth checking out. All of these channels have different things to offer. John’s videos are hands down, some of the most beautifully filmed that I have seen on all of YouTube. I found his channel while researching the John Muir Trail. I have watched his videos over and over.
That’s it for part 1. Part 2 will be up shortly so keep checking back.