There is no real need to be afraid to go into the ocean, unless you watched Jaws.

Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley‘s 1974 novel of the same name. In the story, a giant man-eating great white shark attacks beachgoers on Amity Island, a fictional New England summer resort town.

So that was the ocean.

Is it safe to go to the lake or river?

Three years later Piranha is a  American satirical B horror film directed and co-edited by Joe Dante, and starring Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies, Kevin McCarthy, Keenan Wynn, Barbara Steele and Dick Miller. The film tells the story of a river being infested by lethal, genetically-altered piranha fish, threatening the lives of the local inhabitants and the visitors to a nearby summer resort.

Okay, so watch out when you’re in the ocean, lakes and rivers but now we have a string of films where they warn you about going outdoors.

Pretty soon we won’t be able to leave the house., article, 20th Century Fox Photo Credit

The Mountain Between Us is a 2017 American romance survival drama film, directed by Hany Abu-Assad and written by Chris Weitz and J. Mills Goodloe, based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Charles Martin.

It stars Idris Elba and Kate Winslet as a surgeon and a journalist, respectively, who survive a plane crash, with a dog, and are stranded in High Uintas Wilderness with injuries and harsh weather conditions.

Now that will make you want to howl at the moon.

We’re moving up the timeline., article, Kaleidoscope Film Distribution photo credit

A Lonely Place to Die is a 2011 British adventure crime thriller film directed by Julian Gilbey and based on a screenplay from Will Gilbey and Julian Gilbey. It stars Melissa George, Ed Speleers, Karel Roden, Eamonn Walker, Sean Harris and Kate Magowan.

Mountaineers Alison, Ed, Rob, Jenny, and Alex are hiking and climbing in the Scottish Highlands when they discover Anna, a young Serbian girl buried alive in a small chamber in the wilderness. Upon rescuing her, the group finds themselves pursued by her captors who hunt them down in an effort to reclaim Anna.

You should watch some of the scenes on that rock face, called the north face, one of the most dangerous mountain climbing and falling scenes on film.

Okay, one more trek up the timeline.

Backcountry is a 2014 Canadian naturesurvival horror film, written and directed by Adam MacDonald. It is loosely based on the true story of 32-year-old Mark Jordan and his wife, 30-year-old Jacqueline Perry, in the back country of Missinaibi Lake Provincial Park, North of Chapleau, Ontario in 2005, events for which Mark later received the Star of Courage award from Governor General Michaëlle Jean.

The thrill and spill of the story is that the couple are relentlessly tracked by one of the largest, meanest black bears seen on film.

Smokey the Bear is a new born cub compared to this bad boy.

So question for you.

Regarding the latter three films, besides starring gorgeous women in woman against nature and woman against man scenarios, what do they all have in common?

It’s the beauty of their outer wear., article, photo credit

We have to admit, initially when we watched these movies, we never stopped to think, “Hey I really love the outer wear these girls are wearing. I wonder who made it.”

It is an intriguing question.

So to answer that compelling question we searched the web and the key word we thought about was what Melissa George’s character describes in her film. The north face in her mountain was extremely dangerous.

Here is one such mountain with a dangerous north face., article, Terra3 – Own work wikimedia photo

The Eiger is a 13,015 foot mountain of the Bernese Alps, overlooking Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen in the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland, just north of the main watershed and border with Valais.

It is the easternmost peak of a ridge crest that extends across the Mönch to the Jungfrau at 13,642 feet, constituting one of the most emblematic sights of the Swiss Alps.

Here is the telling statistic.

Since 1935, at least sixty-four climbers have died attempting the north face, earning it the German nickname Mordwand, literally meaning the murderous wall.

Having said all of that, no matter the impact and scare thrills and spills of these outdoor adventure movies, people are still heading to the great outdoors in droves and the outer wear of choice for many is the company appropriately titled, The North Face.

The North Face, Inc. is an American outdoor product company specializing in outerwear, fleece, coats, shirts, footwear, and equipment such as backpacks, tents, and sleeping bags.

Its clothing and equipment lines are catered towards college students, climbers, mountaineers, skiers, snowboarders, hikers, and endurance athletes.

It’s a little chilly out here. Let’s visit their website and see if we can buy a thick jacket., article, photo credit

At their dynamic site they share their story. “We are named for the coldest, most unforgiving side of a mountain. We have helped explorers reach the most unfathomable heights of the Himalayas. But The North Face® legend begins, ironically, on a beach. More precisely, San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, at an altitude of only 150 feet above sea level. It was here in 1966 that two hiking enthusiasts resolved to follow their passions and founded a small mountaineering retail store.

From the beginning, the brand committed to serving all those who desired to explore and to serving our natural wild lands by helping to conserve them. At our core, we believe exploration creates an indelible bond with the outdoors, inspiring people to protect our land and pass these beliefs down to the next generation.

Soon thereafter, that little shop became known as The North Face, a retailer of high-performance climbing and backpacking equipment.”

Very impressive story. It warms out interest and makes us want to hear more.

They continue, “The North Face was built on a love for the outdoors and the desire to enable all types of exploration, from your backyard to the Himalayas. Over the last 50 years we’ve lived by our “true north,” the belief that exploration has the power to change us, to challenge us and to help us see the world from new perspectives.

As we enter our sixth decade, we pledge to:

  • Empower exploration and the thrill of the unknown for as many people as possible.
  • Protect the places where we live, play, and operate.
  • Evolve the way we make our products by improving our environmental performance and social responsibility in the supply chain.

There’s little telling what the next 50 years hold for us. However, there is one bedrock of certainty: The North Face will maintain an unwavering commitment to pushing the limits of innovation and design, so that you can push your limits outdoors. Never Stop Exploring.”

Great advice and we absolutely love their clothing lines, especially for women.

About those women’s jackets, here are three reviews found at and the nice thing about them is that the girls involved are no longer shivering.

  1. I am so glad I found this jacket. I was searching for a parka that was warm and had to have a hood. I have worn this jacket in the winter in New Mexico where it was raining, snowing and windy, and in Washington DC where it was raining and windy. It keeps me very warm. The pockets are lined kept my hands warm. I was fine not wearing gloves. I am short, 5 feet tall, so the jacket goes to my knees and it works for me. The hood is detachable and adjustable. The jacket has a two way zipper and inside pocket. The jacket is easy to pack. I recently returned from D.C. and threw it in my full carry-on, and it fit perfectly. This was a good purchase for me and if you are looking for a parka I would highly recommend it to you!
  2. I’ve lived in the Midwest my entire life and every winter, I dread the cold and wind. This coat was exactly what I was looking for: lightweight but warm, steel gray color without shine, perfect fit, stylish without feeling like I was wearing a down sleeping bag, and did I mention warm? I wore this on a 40 degree day and was comfortable. The next time I wore it on a 25 degree day with 30-40 mile and hour winds and snow blowing, with a light sweater underneath. I was warm and cozy. Every detail from the lining of the pockets, the sturdy zipper, snaps down the front, to the quality of the materials was what I had hoped for and found in North Face.
  3. I’ve finally found the perfect coat to combat cold Minnesota winters! I’ve always stuck to pea coat-type coats during winter because I couldn’t find a puffer that wasn’t too bulky or just plain ugly. This one is super warm, the hood is adjustable so it actually stays on (and doesn’t ruin my hair at the same time), the length is great (I’m 5’8-1/2″ and it hits my right above the knee) and the pockets are fleece lined and really warm, too. The fit is pretty true to size – I bought the Small, but the XS worked, too. The Small allowed a bit more flexibility and room in the arms and chest. I couldn’t recommend this coat enough – buy it!

Well said. Thanks for sharing.

It makes us feel warm all over.

So despite the scare tactics of these movies, including portraying gorgeous women in freezing cold danger…….

We’re still going outdoors in our North Face outer wear., article, photo credit

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