Everyone has dreams of going on the adventure of a lifetime. Paul’s dream was to walk the full length of the Appalachian Trail.
Sadly, Paul passed away last year before he had the chance to make the long distance hike he dreamed of walking for so long. Having been planning the 2,189 hike for a while, Paul left behind three pairs of polished hiking boots and a backpack full of gear. Paul’s wife, M’Lynn, had the incredibly touching idea to give one final gift for her husband. “How good would it be for his boots to make the journey even if Paul could not?” she asked. And so began Paul’s Boots.
M’Lynn’s simple question touched and inspired the hiking community to step in and carry the boots the entire distance of the Appalachian trail. The connection people felt to Paul’s boot and their desire to bring his wife’s dreams to reality will bring touch your heart. When someone needs help, hikers are the first to lend a hand or two feet, and this is a true story about how the hiking community pulls together for support when needed.
Overall, roughly 30 people wore the boots along the route and the film tells the stories of all the people who carry them. The project was documented and undertaken by REI and Duct Tape Then Beer, Follow Paul’s Boots vicariously as they walk across America in this amazing story.
Produced by Becca Cahall and Directed by Fitz Cahall and Isaiah Branch-Boyle
Loving Thanks to M’Lynn and Paul
Hikers that took part in Paul’s Boots:
Everyone who hiked with Paul
Learn more at http://blog.rei.com/paulsboots/