Now in Their 70s, Two Friends Return to the Arctic for One More Adventure

Over a span of 40 years, adventurous friends Jim Slinger and Andrew “Tip” Taylor have embarked on more than 30 river expeditions together. Each lasting at least three weeks, the canoeing trips became a ritual that brought friendship and meaning into their lives. In this short film by The Muir Project, the two septuagenarians reflect on a life of exploration while embarking on a trip to the wilderness of Alaska’s Brooks Range. 35 years after their first visit to the Noatak River, the two men retrace their journey and look to the adventures that lie ahead. “I have so many things I want to do, it would take a whole lifetime to do them,” Taylor shares. “And then, that probably wouldn’t be long enough.”

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Credits: Directed and shot by Jason Fitzpatrick, Jen Serena, and Ric Serena; music by Paul Bessenbacher and Matt Bowen; sound edit and mix by Durand Trench; color correction by Bruce Goodman; equipment provided by Canon U.S.A., Inc., Kessler Crane, and Osprey Packs.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.

Now in Their 70s, Two Friends Return to the Arctic for One More Adventure

Over a span of 40 years, adventurous friends Jim Slinger and Andrew “Tip” Taylor have embarked on more than 30 river expeditions together. Each lasting at least three weeks, the canoeing trips became a ritual that brought friendship and meaning into their lives. In this short film by The Muir Project, the two septuagenarians reflect on a life of exploration while embarking on a trip to the wilderness of Alaska’s Brooks Range. 35 years after their first visit to the Noatak River, the two men retrace their journey and look to the adventures that lie ahead. “I have so many things I want to do, it would take a whole lifetime to do them,” Taylor shares. “And then, that probably wouldn’t be long enough.”

Follow The Muir Project on Vimeo, Instagram, and Facebook.

Credits: Directed and shot by Jason Fitzpatrick, Jen Serena, and Ric Serena; music by Paul Bessenbacher and Matt Bowen; sound edit and mix by Durand Trench; color correction by Bruce Goodman; equipment provided by Canon U.S.A., Inc., Kessler Crane, and Osprey Packs.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.