National Parks Adventure Review

Mountain biker Eric Porter jumps over a mushroom boulder in Moab, Utah. Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films. Photographer: Barbara MacGillivray ©VisitTheUSA.com

As a family, we love the National Parks. We try to visit one every year to hike, camp and explore. I feel like we just went on a National Parks vacation after seeing National Parks Adventure  3D at the IMAX in the California Science Center. It was spectacular.

National Parks Adventure took us on a road trip with legendary climber Conrad Anker, his stepson Max Lowe (son of Alex Lowe, who died in an avalanche in 1999), and their friend, artist Rachel Pohl. They not only went to breathtaking locations, but did some incredible climbs, mountain bike rides, and all-around adventuring.

The scene below was one of many that took my breath away. Anker and Pohl climbed Devils Tower National Monument. It goes straight up and looked ridiculously challenging to climb.

Conrad Anker and Rachel Pohl climb up the El Matador route on Devils Tower National Monument. Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films. Photographer: Michael Brown ©VisitTheUSA.com

Conrad Anker and Rachel Pohl climb up the El Matador route on Devils Tower National Monument.
Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films. Photographer: Michael Brown ©VisitTheUSA.com

What I especially loved were scenes from locations I had never heard of, but now am dying to visit. The group was hoping to see snow in Yosemite, but when the weather didn’t cooperate, they headed to Michigan to ice climb at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. It was stunning. The way it was filmed, it felt like I was there and I could reach out and touch the ice.

Max Lowe and Rachel Pohl explore a cave behind a frozen waterfall in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan. Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films. Photographer: Barbara MacGillivray ©VisitTheUSA.com

Max Lowe and Rachel Pohl explore a cave behind a frozen waterfall in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan. Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films. Photographer: Barbara MacGillivray ©VisitTheUSA.com

It’s not just incredible to look at, there is also a lot to learn about nature and the parks. The film is narrated by Robert Redford and talks about how Theodore Roosevelt came to love the outdoors and created the national parks.

Steam rises from the Sapphire Pool in Biscuit Basin in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films. Photographer: Brad Ohlund ©VisitTheUSA.com

Steam rises from the Sapphire Pool in Biscuit Basin in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films. Photographer: Brad Ohlund ©VisitTheUSA.com

National Parks Adventure opens on February 12th at the California Science Center and I highly recommend it. (We’re hosting a giveaway on MomsLA of a family 4-pack of tickets.)

 

 

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