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The film follows adventurer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia.

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Yvon Chouinard ...
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Doug Tompkins ...
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Keith Malloy ...
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Alicia Salome Acuna Ika ...
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Timmy O'Neill ...
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Frost ...
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Jeff Johnson ...
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Kristine McDivitt Tompkins ...
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David McGuire ...
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Alejandro Navarro Harrieta ...
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Ramon Navarro ...
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Juan Pablo Orrego ...
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Chuck Pratt ...
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Royal Robbins ...
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Conquerors of the Useless follows Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia. Along the way he gets shipwrecked off Easter Island, surfs the longest wave of his life - and prepares himself for a rare ascent of Cerro Corcovado. Jeff's life turns when he meets up in a rainy hut with Chouinard and Tompkins who, once driven purely by a love of climbing and surfing, now value above all the experience of raw nature - and have come to Patagonia to spend their fortunes to protect it. Written by Tim Lynch

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22 January 2011 (Japan)  »

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180 Degrees South  »

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$10,269 (USA) (21 May 2010)

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$29,084 (USA) (4 June 2010)
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Jeff Johnson: The best journeys answer questions that in the beginning you didn't even think to ask.
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Tenuousness
Written by Andrew Bird
Performed by Andrew Bird
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environmental adventure doc
20 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

In 1968, Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins decide to pack up and travel to Patagonia to climb a mountain. Years later, Jeff Johnson finds footage of the trip and decides to follow his heroes' footsteps. While sailing down to Patagonia, the mast snaps and the boat gets stranded on Easter Island. Jeff meets surfing teacher Makohe and she joins him. They meet up with Doug and Yvon. Jeff attempts to climb Cerro Corcovado.

This is a rather zen travelogue adventure despite the action. It is a documentary story that does meander. A recreation of the story would be more thrilling and action packed. There is a huge amount of environmental lifestyle philosophizing. I love the mountain climbing footage although I'm less excited about all the pontificating. It's all fine for the right audience.


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