Birthplace of the Winds

Birthplace of the Winds

The Aleutian Islands are called 'the Birthplace of the Winds' in Aleut legend and four friends set out to explore and climb on these remote chain and enchanted islands.


In this episode of Oceans 8, Birthplace of the Winds, a three-week-long journey from California, through British Columbia and Alaska, delivered us to one of the loneliest and least known spots on Earth (halfway between Russia and Alaska), where the Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea collide at what the Aleuts called the 'Birthplace of the Winds'.

Our goal was to kayak among five volcanic Aleutian islands rising straight out of the seas, and climb their snowcapped peaks. Weather and tides would dictate our itinerary. Two 21-foot kayaks carried everything the four of us would need for five weeks: food, fuel, paddling and climbing gear, emergency and first aid kits, and a small mountain of camera equipment. Success was far from assured in a region where it is common for gales to exceed a hundred miles an hour and strong currents, ten-foot standing tidal rips and constant winds churn the channels separating the islands. When I explained our goal to a local back in Dutch Harbor he simply shook his head. 'You're gonna have your hands full!'

Finalist in many international mountain festivals.

About the Film

Release Date
Adventure & Exploration and Kayaking & Canoeing
Jon Bowermaster
Ocean 8 Productions
Download Filesize
SD (4:3) 650 MB
Birthplace of the Winds


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