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America Wild 3D at IMAX Darling Sydney

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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
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A National Parks Adventure
If you love the great outdoors and natural wonders then America Wild is sure to enhance your love and take you on a journey like no other. A short 3D film, narrated by Robert Redford, it lets you discover some of the best national parks in the States through the eyes of 3 adventurers hiking, rock climbing spires, cycling over amazing canyon cliffs and exploring legendary playgrounds. Mountaineer Conrad Anker, photographer Max Lowe and artist Rachel Pohl help to celebrate the 100th anniversary of national parks.

America Wild Niagara Falls
The amazing Niagara Falls

This visual cinematic experience, from MacGillivray Freeman, leaves you in awe and the close up scenes make you feel like you're there in these wonderful museums of landscape shaped over millions of years. Many memories of my trips to the U.S. were brought back to me when Yosemite and Redwood National Parks came up along with the Grand Canyon, Everglades and Niagara Falls. It fuelled my passion and all I could think about was ditching my job and travelling indefinitely, if only.

Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls from a helicopter

Other wilderness areas covered included Yellowstone with its geysers and craters, Bryce Canyon with its pillars of rock and Glacier National Park with its majestic carved peaks and valleys. Monument Valley with its distinct red colour, a backdrop for many a Western movie, was skimmed over as well as Death Valley, one of the hottest parks that receives very little rainfall, and Arches National Park in Utah.

America Wild Arches National Park
Arches National Park (source: David Fortney)

Devil's Tower in Wyoming, held sacred by Native American tribes, introduced us to some cute wildlife - the Prairie Dog. It doesn't look much like a dog and is in fact not a dog but a type of ground squirrel, looking similar to a beaver. It is named for its warning call which is like that of a barking dog. Not loud and scary but more squeaky like a mouse. Bears are also found here and the monolith that resembles a huge tree stump has had other names given to it in days gone by. Different tribes in the area have called it Bear's Lodge Butte, Bear's Tipi and Bear's Lair, to name a few.

Speaking of bears, but in a different park, we also saw young bears learning to catch salmon in a river. Beautiful moments captured by camera lenses. So much beauty with gorges and rocky outcrops, forests of the tallest trees, mountains, waterfalls and ice caverns featuring and feeding our senses of longing and discovery and to think all of this became protected for future generations with the vision of one man, President Theodore Roosevelt. It was the death of both his mother and wife on the same day, Valentine's Day, that led him to camp in the wild for some peace and healing. It restored him and it laid the foundations for a national park system, such was his captivation of the beauty of the wilderness.

America Wild Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley (source: Barbara MacGillivray)

Over 400 sites in the U.S. are now protected, 59 of them national parks. Non-national parks sites include monuments of cultural, historical and archaeological significance. So many great places to visit. Can someone please create a pill for greater longevity of life. I figure I need at least 200 years to tick off everything on my bucket list. Lotto if you could help out too that would be greatly appreciated.

America Wild ice climbing
Ice climbing (source: Barbara MacGillivray)

Cool music and songs playing at certain times had me feeling relaxed like I was on holidays sitting at a camp rather than in a theatre. IMAX in Darling Harbour, home to the world's biggest screen, is a great experience and America Wild 3D was informative and educational whilst taking the viewer on a spectacular off-trail ride through vast lands awaiting your uncovering.

Jaw dropping and very inspiring.

Release date: 25th February 2016
Length: 43 minutes
Rating: 4/5 (only because I wanted to see more parks, otherwise 5/5)
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Why? For the adventurer in you
When: From 25th Feb, session times on website
Phone: 02 9281 3300
Where: IMAX Theatre 31 Wheat Rd Darling Harbour
Cost: See website
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