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He Spent 40 Years Alone in the Woods, and Now Scientists Love Him | Short Film Showcase

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Welcome to Gothic, Colorado—one of the coldest places in the United States. This ghost town has been abandoned since the 1920s, but there is at least one person who still calls it home. For more than 40 years, current resident billy barr has lived in a small cabin, recording data about the snowpack to pass the time. In this short film, Morgan Heim of Day’s Edge Productions profiles the legendary local who inadvertently provided scientists with a treasure trove of climate change data. Winner of the Film4Climate competition organized by the Connect4Climate Program of the World Bank (film4climate.net). ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe ➡ Get More Short Film Showcase: http://bit.ly/ShortFilmShowcase #NationalGeographic #Rewilding #ShortFilmShowcase About Short Film Showcase: The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners. Know of a great short film that should be part of our Showcase? Email sfs@natgeo.com to submit a video for consideration. See more from National Geographic's Short Film Showcase at http://documentary.com Get More National Geographic: Official Site: http://bit.ly/NatGeoOfficialSite Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBNatGeo Twitter: http://bit.ly/NatGeoTwitter Instagram: http://bit.ly/NatGeoInsta About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what's possible. Day’s Edge Productions: http://www.daysedge.com/ He Spent 40 Years Alone in the Woods, and Now Scientists Love Him | Short Film Showcase https://youtu.be/L72G8TLtTCk National Geographic https://www.youtube.com/natgeo
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mike stanly (1 hour ago)
The rocky mountains , something special.
Deep-fried south (5 hours ago)
And the scientists came back and burned down the cabin when they realized the hermits data concluded we all would be dead in 12yrs
Lisa Trueman (20 hours ago)
what a gem
Greatest Ever (1 day ago)
Fragile Hands (1 day ago)
Something about this is just so humbling<3
Zem Anes (2 days ago)
Love cricket and bollywood. What an Indian mindset! Love you....
Ay Bee (3 days ago)
Can anyone read any of the cassettes on the shelf at 2:10? Would be interesting to know what material he listened to for all those years.
Robin Pesek (4 days ago)
As human beings we are herd animals. This lifestyle appears attractive but it is unlikely many of us could pull it off. Emotionally I mean. The majority of us are not wired like that. That’s why there are not many “Billies”.
Rob H (4 days ago)
He truly got to live life.
Willum James (4 days ago)
So chemtrailing is having an effect then. Reverse it by stop spraying bill
May Sis (5 days ago)
Scientists needs to stay the f ed out of our lives
Joseph Smith (7 days ago)
Well, I was going to say that kind of life must pay pretty good, but I see a couple of commenters were thinking along the same line. He must be independently wealthy or has a government grant. Richard proenneke was out in the wilderness like that for 30 years and didn't have all that kind of stuff. And he had contact with people.🤔😏
dave edwards (7 days ago)
Where doe's his $$$ come from ? People can't live with out other people, do you eat bark and roots from trees !
Mad Max (8 days ago)
He's a lucky guy no family pressure nothing to prove just pure bliss
Sreeroop PS (8 days ago)
Where did he get money
Bertie Blue (9 days ago)
Helmet not polished in all those years - frightening
Alexandra Medichi (9 days ago)
billy just watched Your Amazing Video. would you consider Coming To N M to help me get off the Grid ... I will lPay You....?
Silh S (10 days ago)
Oh good lord what an intelligent and artistic person. Artists must love him too. 👍
Silh S (5 days ago)
40 years alone in the Woods, Morning till evening? 💔 simply breaks my heart, how is that possibly for realz? 😢
Joseph Smith (7 days ago)
Michnikki85 (11 days ago)
Yea he should have a dog and cat lol, that's pretty neat tho :)
Vann Berg HVAC (11 days ago)
Wow! That's astonishing!
raoul duke (11 days ago)
most of colorado got hammered this year; curious to see his findings
wajahat jamal (14 days ago)
Hey Grandpa. You are just awesome. Your research is an eye opener for all. Hats off.
Veronica Christopher Author (15 days ago)
Ahhhhh bliss! Can’t wait for my cabin far in my mountains. RV access only. I’m going to deliver my manuscripts into town on my 4-wheeler. It’s going to be AWESOME 🌈💋❤️❤️❤️
Federica Bado (21 days ago)
That "adapt to climate change" feels way inappropriate for 2019
roxoto (22 days ago)
climuhhht chuuuhnge
OVO Pingu (24 days ago)
This guy played too much minecraft
Katherine Cantwell (25 days ago)
Dave Hibbs (26 days ago)
How about his wife Glenda and their 6 kids
24 Karrots (26 days ago)
obviously he has money, do you see the how cool that house is, not a cabin a mansion!
Barbara J (26 days ago)
This is what dreams are made of.
Skydoeskey (1 month ago)
I thought hes information was gone be used by Nasa to figure out how people can handle being alone for long time periods.
Herp Derp (1 month ago)
All that is missing is a dog and a couple of cats.
Imms (1 month ago)
What a wonderful life he is living! Total respect
Matthew J Mullins (1 month ago)
The very first Colorado trust-fund baby discovered! His significance, beyond this polished NatGeo narrative, is accurately exemplified in the way he spells his name: lowercase letters. His obnoxiously novel, narrow life, seemingly adventurous, is actually that of hiding from growth and expansion via braving the world of human interaction, contributing to society, and journeying personal vulnerability. Fellow introverts, anti-social hiding is not the point of life and is not to be celebrated, no matter how novel it seems. Strive to be more. Your depths of thinking are nowhere in this video. You have so much more to offer the world (beyond hiding behind snow).
Inn 1231 (1 month ago)
He should be modern john muir and ralph waldo emerson
Sonia Hana (1 month ago)
the soundtracks are off, they don't fit the ambience of the scenery but other than that, i really liked this film. i want to learn more about him
ali N (1 month ago)
More importantly is what are these ppl doing for a living to get supplies and pay for things. Like he has some goals some where.
Roody Pierrot (1 month ago)
I don't care I will need a woman lol
DarlingExotica TheUniverse (1 month ago)
*I think that there is more to life, than it is...*
Yinka Bain (1 month ago)
Winter is here Billy.
Alex D (1 month ago)
Whos woods is this land his? I thought it was illeagal
Annie Daimary (1 month ago)
Just came in mind the grandfather of Heidi
Shilow Dawn (1 month ago)
Whybthe shrill whistle in back ground??? Ug
Daniel Green (1 month ago)
But I thought climate change is not happening in the US, right?
Daniel Green (1 month ago)
+Sonia Hana I was hiding in sarcasm state. Sorry for that.
Sonia Hana (1 month ago)
um, yep, it's happening, don't know where you've been hiding
Bass Sass (1 month ago)
I could chill all day and night there as long as there is weed supplies then I'm cool.
Marcus Story (1 month ago)
Wow :)
Beqa Beqauri (1 month ago)
music 1:10? anyone knows?
CAS (1 month ago)
Good old global warming propaganda I see.
DAZ STUDIO 68 (1 month ago)
Jeanette Kniebusch (1 month ago)
How does he make money to buy supplies government tax of house yearly.
yves provencher (1 month ago)
I thought I was the only one who loved snow that much! Great life to live. It takes courage to live alone.
Lawn Fascist (1 month ago)
fellow tea drinker. If he's having tea and reading, he understands life.
Fashizly Colby (1 month ago)
Why was there an ice age when humans had no impact.... Cars make C02. Trees take it and make O2. The more CO2 you produce the more O2 the trees make. Ita not us and you cant reverse it. The earth changes to make us adapt and learn. We are never set on one trens for ever. Things shift and the world is doing what she does.
Paramore Parks (1 month ago)
How unique is this guy. We are the ones to decide our fate.... let's do it the right way.
Eric Pearson (1 month ago)
Human beings are fascinating!
Troll Mctrollerson (1 month ago)
4:22 Listen up all you coddled little SJW snowflakes.
College Student Reviews (1 month ago)
Cool more people should do this
venkat Raghavan (1 month ago)
Oliver Sutton (1 month ago)
Climate changes all the time ffs, even sun gets a bit hotter or colder, magnetic field, carbon etc..
LOADING (1 month ago)
how does he get money to survive up there ?
2019 i am
Mariana Zepeda (1 month ago)
Pietro Carini (1 month ago)
John Stewart
ishan bajpai (1 month ago)
That guy is Indian. Loves cricket. Lives alone. Watches Hindi movies. You cannot get more Indian 😂
XENOX (1 month ago)
how he have money?
David Osipov (1 month ago)
Where from he get money to support such a big house and other stuff? May be I've lost this point in the video...
jaim haas (1 month ago)
Same question struck me. He has some very nice living conditions there and it ain't cheap.
Delane Carter (1 month ago)
aside reform communication tear sad print professor lovely parking mom.
9899 9899 (1 month ago)
Winter (1 month ago)
The only my concern is when he get sick
Shobhit Thapliyal (1 month ago)
How can I get this job?
Paul Basta (2 months ago)
Pretty cool guy. Alittle weird but definitely not stupid
YOUTUBE KANNADIGA (2 months ago)
But why Bollywood???
Arnaldur Darri (2 months ago)
Is this a trailer for a Wes Anderson film?
A. McRea (2 months ago)
Just wondering how he makes money for supplies.
Jane (2 months ago)
Narnia is melting.
Nick Name (2 months ago)
Rivers dry up. Parts of the ocean dry leaving large salt deposits. In thousands of years the The niagra falls will leave the lakes dry. in twelve years we are all doomed. Stop crying wolf.
Jerrie Daniels (2 months ago)
The sound was very bad. Not worth listening to.
Big Boy (2 months ago)
That would be terribly boring. Thnx
JustGenesect (2 months ago)
This guy using cheats on survival. Smh
glancedUp (2 months ago)
I want to live like this in the Shire
glancedUp (9 days ago)
+Alexandra Medichi in solitude, no pressure, but with Shire environment
Alexandra Medichi (9 days ago)
glancedUp tell me more about how you wish to live.. I am intrigued
Jeff Hook (2 months ago)
I guess we need an international carbon tax to stop global warming. What will the bankers do with all that money?
Night (2 months ago)
Imagine his surprise when he found out the world is full of deracinated cuckolds now. OOF. 😂
Leon guzman16 (2 months ago)
What a wonderful life he had.. 👍
leo -.- (2 months ago)
Jonah Hunt (2 months ago)
...but doctors hate him
Sal R (2 months ago)
No electricity? He was watching tv.
Sal R (2 months ago)
+Daniel Bautista Valdez Which goes against "no electricity".
Daniel Bautista Valdez (2 months ago)
Sal R solar energy
Derek Weinert TV (2 months ago)
It will only get worse faster... Humans are selfish
bluntman305 (2 months ago)
Bet he grows the best weed in all of Colorado
we don't do that here (2 months ago)
I want a life like this with five dogs with me
Aaron Murly (2 months ago)
He talks and sounds like Robert Sapolsky.
MrMisterMan (2 months ago)
Some of these comments make me want to go live in the woods for years
jaim haas (1 month ago)
Maybe come down off the mountain for an occasional poke?
Kelli Andrews (2 months ago)
PRIYADARSHAN G BIT (2 months ago)
I also want to live alone, rather than money , i want peace and freedom
Alexandra Medichi (9 days ago)
PRIYADARSHAN G BIT where do you live Now?
Ariel Reyes (2 months ago)
Wow, super cool and a sweet story.
jake 2 (2 months ago)
I wonder why he doesn't use capital letters when spelling his name.
Kale (2 months ago)
What about stopping the climate change rather then the adapting it? !
Russ Campbell (2 months ago)
40 winters isn’t 40 years alone in isolation.
Kirk Nichols (2 months ago)
Gothic is only 8 miles from Crested Butte. Although he is alone, a snowmobile could be there in about 20min. In the summer the road through Gothic is busy with 4WD's and hikers.
jaim haas (1 month ago)
Thanks Kirk. I was wondering since I have visited CO a few times but I am glad to know it is close to CB. Do u think he gets many visitors now?
dav snow (1 month ago)
Well he did suggest at the end: "Fall on ya Butte."
Andrew Ocean (2 months ago)
stay in the woods
Andrew Weninger (2 months ago)
My dream life.
Alexandra Medichi (9 days ago)
Andrew Weninger Feel Free to connect with me I am looking to put small group of people together who want to coop this type of lifestyle. I have found and secured Paradise. less Snow. Please let me know your thoughts.
rusty (2 months ago)
Not gonna lie something's weird is going on here in Phillipines it's getting colder and colder unlike in the past few years when the heat was unbearable