180 Degrees South film ‘conquerors of the useless’ is a documentary-film that is a few years old now. It came out in 2010, but I’ve only just got around to watching it, and it’s really good.
The film, directed by Chris Malloy, documents the journey of adventurer Jeff Johnson as he travels between Ventura, California to Patagonia, Chile. Jeff Johnson’s motivation for this trip is to retrace the journey that Yvon Chouinard (Founder of Patagonia clothing) and Doug Tompkins (Co-founder of The North Face clothing) took in a Ford Van back in 1968. Johnsons learned of this journey after finding footage of the expedition and he decided to make it a life goal to climb the Corcovado Volcano in Patagonia.
Jeff Johnson takes the trip by sea rather than by land and they encounter a major issue on the way when they get stranded in the middle of the ocean with a broken mast on their yacht and have to detour via Easter Island. I won’t do any plot spoilers and say whether Jeff completes his ambition to climb the mountain…. it’s worth the watch.
180 Degrees South Film is great, and definitely makes you reconsider the 9-5 office job lifestyle. The film is on Netflix, and more information is available on the 180 degrees south website, click here. Watch the official trailer below…