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Welcome


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Welcome


TRANSFORMATIVE JOURNEYS.  ON FILM AND IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS.

Adrian Juric creates custom video portraits that tell the story of the journey you are on.  He also leads small groups of friends on hiking adventures through some of the most remote and breathtaking mountain valleys in the world.

TREKS

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FILMS

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Treks


"Exploring the world is one of the best ways of exploring the mind, and walking travels both terrains."

Rebecca Solnit

 

Treks


"Exploring the world is one of the best ways of exploring the mind, and walking travels both terrains."

Rebecca Solnit

 

Treks with Backcountry Treks & Films

 

Small, carefully curated groups of people just like you. Together.  Outdoors.  Walking day after day through different mountain valleys in some of the most breathtaking but undiscovered regions in the world.  Meeting locals along the way.  Drinking from glacier-fed streams.  Reveling in the silence. Laughing.  Sharing stories.  Returning each evening to comfortable alpine accommodation where hearty local wine and cuisine await.  Falling into bed each night tired but revitalized.  Eager for tomorrow and the new adventure that it is sure to bring.

This is what you can expect from a trekking holiday with Adrian.

Interested?

 

THE HIDDEN VALLEYS OF SVANETI
6-DAYS INTO THE HEART OF GEORGIA

June 23-28, 2017

 

Wild, mysterious and enchanting, Svaneti is a remote, little-known province of Georgia locked deep in the Caucaus mountains between Europe and Asia.  Surrounded by snow-capped 5000m peaks, it is a land so isolated that its culture, language and traditions have survived the onslaught of Arab, Mongol, Persian, Ottoman and Soviet invaders for centuries.  To defend themselves, the fierce Svan mountain tribes built high koshki, or stone tower-houses, to protect villagers during times of attack.  Constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries, around 175 koshkebi remain intact to this day.  They are the centrepieces of the high mountain fortress-villages in the region, all of whom are listed as UNESCO world heritage sites.

Though still remote and unspoiled with a distinctly medieval feel, the allure of the Svaneti region is gradually becoming known among the world’s more discerning travellers.  This has resulted in gradual improvements in roads, an airport, a ski station, and budding tourism infrastructure.  Nevertheless, when compared to the rest of the world, tourism remains in a state of relative infancy in the region.  This is all the more reason to come and visit now.

 
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Films


Films


Finding words you didn’t know you had.
To say things you didn’t know you knew

 

I create short films.  Films that tell a universal human story. Films that bear powerful witness to the courage and resilience of the human spirit.  

These films take many forms.  Legacy portraits that reflect back on life and lessons learned. Snapshots of the present you for a child to open in adulthood.  Vision statements that help clarify your way forward.  And many other kinds besides.

My films have one thing in common:  They are all journeys into the backcountry of the human heart.  Journeys to places rarely visited, where you sometimes stumble upon truths you did not know you were looking for. Journeys from which you might return with new meaning and understanding.

Contact me about creating a film to mark – and to clarify - your journey.

 

"Talking about my experience of grief, about my travels, and the discoveries I made along the way has not always been easy. I needed to trust someone to hold this information, to honour my journey.  Adrian did this for me. He is patient and calm. He knows what it means to fully listen, to really hear."

– Becky

 
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Gallery


“The mountains are calling and I must go.”

John Muir

Gallery


“The mountains are calling and I must go.”

John Muir

Clicking on any image will bring up a lightbox slideshow.

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About Adrian


"The great affair is to move."

by Robert Louis Stevenson

About Adrian


"The great affair is to move."

by Robert Louis Stevenson

About Adrian


I’ve spent my entire professional life on the move.  As an educator I’ve wandered the globe for more than fifteen years teaching and counselling children at international schools in Finland, Ecuador, Singapore, Egypt and Dubai. Along the way, I’ve had the great good fortune of being able to hike and explore some of the most remote and spectacular mountain and wilderness regions in the world, from the Indian Himalayas to the Andes to the high desert ranges of Oman.  Always drawn silently, as Rumi might say, by the strange pull of something that I loved, but did not fully understand.

Understanding only came in my early forties when I moved to live amid the temperate rainforests of coastal British Columbia.  It was there, while working as a school counsellor in Squamish, that I first realized that hiking in the outdoors was, in fact, a deeply contemplative act; there that I finally understood what conservationist John Muir meant when he said ‘going out was really going in’.  This new understanding led me to develop Cedar Path Counselling, a trail-based counselling practice for adults who wanted to explore life transition through the lens of the natural world.  It also led me to create InnerLandscapes, a lodge-based wilderness retreat company dedicated to helping people explore life transition through the combined lenses of poetry, hiking and the natural world.

Backcountry Treks and Films is built firmly on these foundations.  My goal, whether on film or on foot, is to take people on journeys of self-discovery.

All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.
— Friedrich Nietzsche