Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Life at the right speed, on the right day

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 9:45 AM

We were so gosh darn excited about the new Montana PBS documentary profiling legendary backcountry outfitter Smoke Elser that we posted about it a week early. Just to make sure you program your DVR accordingly, we're re-posting that original writeup about tonight's premiere now.


No matter how much you love "Glee" and "NCIS", perhaps you should turn the dial tonight toward Montana PBS for the premiere of 3 Miles An Hour.
Smoke Elser takes a break on a wilderness trip in 1958.
  • Elser family photo
  • Smoke Elser takes a break on a wilderness trip in 1958.
The documentary profiles longtime Montana outfitter Arnold "Smoke" Elser, who believes life is best savored at the speed of a horse.

Elser has become a legendary backcountry figure over the last 50 years. He's credited as one of the first outfitters to adopt new regulations that lessened the impact of large pack trains and unlimited guests, and also played a part in the Great Bear Wilderness designation.

In addition to following Elser's years of backcountry experience, the film provides rare footage of Elser's main stomping ground: the Bob Marshall Wilderness, one of the largest wilderness areas in the lower 48. That footage includes new video, plus vintage home movies.

Watch it tonight at 7, or when it re-airs Thursday at 3 a.m., or Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7:45 p.m.

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