A Plea For Refuge

Discovering true adventure in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Jeff Shapiro looking over valley in ANWR, Photo by Cody Tuttle



Daniel Holmes


Jeff Shapiro, Cody Tuttle, Daniel Holmes


Rab, Ozone, Kortel Design, Create38, Big Agnes, Garmin, Lowa, KAVU

Running time

30 minutes

Country / Nationality

United States

Two adventurous friends, Jeff Shapiro and Cody Tuttle, have a desire to experience one of the last, raw, and truly preserved wilderness areas on the North American continent. Through the attempt to hike and fly paragliders across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the eastern Brooks Range of Alaska, north of the Arctic Circle, they gain a necessary and visceral connection with the importance of fiercely protecting its nature. During the adventure, their perspectives on friendship, risk and the importance of the word wilderness evolve, making for memories of a lifetime; lifetimes which prove to not only to be finite, but worth sharing if the result is to maintain this special landscape, as it is, for generations to come.

Sustainability Notes

Besides flying bush planes the entire adventure was done on foot and or paragliders. The film encourages everyone to help protect not only ANWR but all public lands that are in threat.