In Theaters Thu, May 17
The Snowman Trek
The Ultimate Outdoor Adventure
The Snowman Trek follows a team of Ultra-marathon runners (Ben Clark, Anna Frost, and Tim Olson) as they journey to Bhutan to set a speed record on the world's hardest trek. Bhutan's high Himalayan landscape is not known for athletic pursuits and its culture must be persuaded to let the runners pursue their dream. The result is a shared accomplishment and an adventure that is always teetering on the edge of total failure.
Timothy Olson is an elite mountain trail runner. He is the two-time winner and record holder of the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run. He has numerous other ultra-running wins and podium finishes throughout the world. Timothy is a member of the adidas global elite athlete team; and he is one of Jaybird wireless earbuds featured athletes. He enjoys long mountain runs that challenge his body, mind, and spirit. He finds inspiration in the land, trees, mountains, and wildlife, connecting with them on the run, feeling their energy, allowing him to run wild and free. Timothy uses a daily meditation practice and has found the value of this practice to motivate, inspire, and balance his passions of family, running, nutrition, and mindful lifestyle. Timothy and his family founded Run Mindful Retreats, and the Run Mindful App, which allows him to share his passion for meditation, with other likeminded people. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife Krista and their two young children. Timothy and his family enjoy their travels throughout the world – exploring new trails and experiencing new cultures while letting the adventures of the mountains guide their journey.
New Zealander Anna Frost is a pioneering ultra trail runner. She has taken the first place at an array of races all over the world, including the epic Hard Rock 100, where she finished first for women and eighth overall for two years in a row. In 2010, Frost won the overall title in the Skyrunner World Series. In 2012, she won the Transvulcania ultramarathon in the Canary Islands in a record time of 8:11:31. She finished first at the Speedgoat 50K in Utah in 2012, second at the Ultra Cavalls Del Vent in the Pyrenees mountains of Spain, and first at the Maxi-Race in Annecy, France. In June 2013, she won the Trail du Colorado race in Réunion. Her hardest race, she’d say, was the Everest Sky Race in 2013. In 2014, Frost won the Bear 100 Mile Endurance Run in Utah in her first attempt at the 100-mile distance. Frost is sponsored by Merrell, Ultimate Direction, among others. In 2015, Anna and Missy Gosney became the first women to finish Nolan’s 14 adventure challenge.
Ben Clark is a Himalayan pioneer and award-winning filmmaker. At 23, he summited Mount Everest and at 25, released his first feature-length documentary about that expedition and “best of iTunes” podcast series “The Rest of Everest”. As both careers developed, Clark devoted time on his expeditions to bringing back the stories of the triumphs, failures, and bonds forged on the mountainside as a skier, climber, and runner pushing limits in the world’s highest mountains. His past feature films include Everest the Other Side, The Alaskan Way, and Nolan’s 14. “To be the first to climb, ski, and explore mountains and regions was the driver, but why do it if you can’t share it? A defining virtue and purpose of exploring entails documenting these places for the world to see, but it is what we discover that becomes the story.” It is bringing story to action that defines Clark’s life today. A family man who trains on the world’s second most popular running route—Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York—when Ben is not in the studio he still frequents above 17,000 feet to safely document the cultures of the adventure world.
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