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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 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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Joseph Ayagaaq Gallaнorn Sr. (2 days ago)
So whens the "🧙‍♂️Movie" coming out?
Ted Bundy (2 days ago)
my dream life.. away from society :D
Danish ALI (2 days ago)
We could still reverse it Billy but the problem is a few creatures from our very own species don't care nothing about our Mother Earth
Jollica Castañeda (3 days ago)
I bet he will live longer than the people living in the city with toxic people around.
TheRedQueenGamer 20079 (4 days ago)
If you get lost in the woods just find him😂
I AM WILDZEBRA (4 days ago)
Im going to drive to colorado and then Canada and Finaly my last destination Alaska hope i Can meet him till THEN
Peter Tyler (5 days ago)
I love that he has an Aussie cricket jumper
Mike Van IJzendoorn (5 days ago)
thing is we should adept to climate change but we should also try to prevent it from getting worse. i mean lets say people randomly starts shooting everyone in the head you can say the same, learn to deal with it and where they are and dont be there... adept and survive? i understand its important to know you can still survive and make sure you can survive but not everyone can do it like he did there.
shahed iqbal shakil (6 days ago)
I can recall the movie Into the Wild
Jolly Jim Brown (7 days ago)
Hi Billy, have you ever seen evidence of Bigfoot?
fougee1 (7 days ago)
So he is alone? How does he get his supply's do they magically appear on his doorstep?
Deidara Naga (7 days ago)
I wonder where does he get his money from.. in order to get his supplies. 🤔
Marisela Ballesteros (7 days ago)
I met him in real life
Marisela Ballesteros (7 days ago)
And he loves his life
bilbo baggins (7 days ago)
40 years info what about the last 100. Jumping to conclusions alone for 40 you are sure to fall victum to the climate change idolatry alarmists.
steve sweet (8 days ago)
Let nature fix nature
steve sweet (8 days ago)
Nothing ever came good out of synthetic food climate change spraying our skies with heavy metals aluminum mercury magnesium other products that is killing our plants trees destroying our water system fish every organism is being screwed up from synthetic goods
Carrie S (8 days ago)
Radiation fallout in the atmosphere from the Fukushima meltdown....
riggstwenty2 (8 days ago)
Bliss !
Stefix (8 days ago)
how does he get money
htothejay (9 days ago)
Luxury, cool Way to live of the grid.
M Mr (9 days ago)
40 Years in the woods? that doesn't look like living in the woods. he has a pretty good house, nice clothes etc. there.
Steve W (10 days ago)
Is this your land... Or do the feds hold claim...
Josh Brooks (10 days ago)
Climate change appears to be a real phenomena & has happened time & again thru the aeons. The problem is that leftist Dems want to politicize climate change as a way to control every individual, telling each person what they think or not think & should or should not do with their own lives, money, homes, modes of transport, etc. .... They think they know better than we how we should conduct our own affairs. Whereas, conservatives, who know that climate change is real, also know that all individuals are created to be free, and that climate change should not be politicized for their own political ends.
Indrid Cold (11 days ago)
Being social is extremely over rated and unnecessary in the modern times. Being social served humanity well when they were sharing hunting grounds with wolves, wildcats, bears, and so forth. There was safety in numbers. The herd mentality saved many. But those times ended about 1900. Today, friends and mates are an unnecessary hindrance and liability. What is considered a friend now is nothing but an aquaintence or an enemy in disguise. They will be the first to use, betray, and abandon you after painfully backstabbing you. Humans that still collect in herds are endangering themselves and do not know it. The herd will turn on you sooner than later. I have not had friends since 2000, nor a girlfirend. I found out the hard way of the horrible dangers of belonging to a herd. I was painfully used, betrayed and abandoned. But I exchanged that for mild loneliness by no longer having anybody in my life. It is a good exchange. I will never have to suffer of the downfalls of being social again.
Alaska Dundee (11 days ago)
a fellow bushman... like me
Imtiyaz Ahmad Dar (11 days ago)
Bollywood song marjani marjani, He is listening.
bm (11 days ago)
Has Wes Anderson directed this?
Mattias Jötunnsen (12 days ago)
Fake news
silver seven (12 days ago)
From inside he is indian i am just saying 😁
eqlzr2 (13 days ago)
I'm afraid that one of the drawbacks of the media is that you get half-truths, or somebody else's truth. Whatever they want you to think, or whatever they think you want to think, or both.
Deplorable D (14 days ago)
The guy loves cricket
Marina Barber (15 days ago)
I wonder if he might be on the autistic spectrum?
Sharon Aj (16 days ago)
How did he get money to buy supplies?
A Chris (17 days ago)
Just curious how does he watches bollywood, when he has no electricity?
Jonathan (17 days ago)
Where can I watch the whole movie ?
Sara Whiteaker (19 days ago)
I love these mini documentaries
dogdoc2007 (19 days ago)
He is Meterologist.
Stefan Petca (19 days ago)
how many Bigfoot did you see in 40 years?
Jon Stewart (19 days ago)
RE: Randall Carlson and his big, beautiful graphs. The holocene is the most consistent climate and best time to be alive in well over 300 thousand years. We should be more thankful.
andy 445 (20 days ago)
Ladies and gentlemen he's the hugh glass
Christina (20 days ago)
What a beautiful way to live.
gregory pickering (21 days ago)
he must grow his own?!
Chris Contact (21 days ago)
Is he independently wealthy?
DangCuff Baguio (21 days ago)
If his alone for 40 years where did his sperms go? To his brain thats made him genius
rohin saini (21 days ago)
i am seeing me
hrishi shinde (21 days ago)
From where is he getting money to buy stuff?
IAN PAYNE (22 days ago)
Has he seen Sasquatch ?
Adam Honesty and decency (22 days ago)
I wonder where his money comes from.
minny Coo (23 days ago)
What’s the point in the tv 🧐
michele piteo (23 days ago)
He hasn't been alone if he's had a bleedin' TV all this time
charles kacirek (23 days ago)
Embellished story.
TheDtfamu89 (23 days ago)
I could do this...
Riccardo Di Pietro (24 days ago)
How does he fund his life
Simply Joe (25 days ago)
What turned into a hippy retreat, now makes him money and gives him fame 🤦🏻
TheNARWALOFDEATH (25 days ago)
I wish I could afford a cabin in the snow like that and live in solitude for many winters but the world would tell me no you need to do your tax returns and be a functional member of our society....
John Mar (25 days ago)
I wish I could do this, wonder if he gets lonely
TRICK-OR TREAT (25 days ago)
Satish kumar Perumal (25 days ago)
"Adapt to climate change" .. yessss .. ultimately that's what we should do .. We have messed enough with Mother Nature and it's her payback time.
That one guy you wish you were (25 days ago)
Binky Barnes
K S TV (26 days ago)
Almost Perfect.. Need Woman! 😁
Richard Kelbe (26 days ago)
Poor lad shouldnt have been alone all that time
roger anderson (26 days ago)
that's the best thing I've seen in long time
STIIMPRA97 (26 days ago)
He Spent 40 Years Alone in the Woods, and Now Scientists want to dissect him
gouru gopinath (26 days ago)
He is really great
Mariama Kanneh (26 days ago)
How he survived wild beast and vempires?
Brenda Orr (26 days ago)
The Good Lord said when He comes back it will be with a fire not flood! Fire! He's gonna cleanse this Earth and restore it! Hallelulla!!! Jesus is coming in the clouds with righteousness!!! God bless Him!!!💕🌅😁Believe it...He is Great and He is coming!!!💕Ya know...in the good 'ol days, people would pray to Almighty God for rain and snow and water in the name of Jesus...and then when Almighty God gave it to us we used to thank Him for it and worship Him. Who do we worship now? Or did everybody just forget who the Almighty is?.Hmmm...
4philipp (23 days ago)
What did they do before the indoctrination of the church, to believe in their unjust god?
Russian USA (27 days ago)
Billy bar? Why not billy bones?
Maqsimous (27 days ago)
Learn how to ski (live) so you can get around. Learn how to ski (live) better so you don't fall down as much.
riseuplight (27 days ago)
Red Green in retirement
Hearty Ugerius Reynold Fernando (27 days ago)
We salute his determination and hardwork. However, only the book looks Old....not his equipments...he simply has access to everything.....someone's really paying for all that.
Paul Devincenti (27 days ago)
HardtechnoVictim (27 days ago)
but how does he pay for food in the village if he has no source of income? sounds romantic and everything but if he is not hunting how does he maintain his "lifestyle", nobody comes by and says well here u have some solar panels and this and that or?
4philipp (23 days ago)
Well, the point really is that it’s irrelevant how or if he makes money, it’s about his record keeping history and weather observations he made.
HardtechnoVictim (23 days ago)
+4philipp i never said he is a hobo or something...or never worked in his lifetime. more people would choose a life like this if it would be that easy. who needs modern world chaos and all this nonsense...well except youre sick and need a hospital then youre fked out there.
4philipp (23 days ago)
Residual income from real estate investments and profits in the stock market. Just because he lives there doesn’t mean we never worked or wasn’t successful. Or perhaps he was an unwanted child and was set up with a trust fund and encouraged to disappear. For all we know, he could be Donald Trumps older brother...
Tiffany Curtis (27 days ago)
It sounds like paradise 40 years in the woods seeing the mointains and in a cabbin u sir r living my dream
OG Herefano (28 days ago)
MELON en SURPRISE (28 days ago)
dont adapt to what governments want you to adapt to
sn0villain 23 (28 days ago)
All i would need is pubg for 40 years
Easy Peasy (28 days ago)
This was so contrived. And very Kosher. Who's the producer/director?
Julie Keenan (28 days ago)
My kind of life.
Julie Keenan (28 days ago)
My kind of life.
ryo roy (28 days ago)
easy life no responsible at all except himself, "no goal" live and die
Jicky Farina (28 days ago)
What a stupid life is it!?
SpeakUp RiseUp (29 days ago)
40 years without access to soap, toothpaste and deodorant 👃🤢🤮
Climate C. Heretic (29 days ago)
all with uncalibrated equipment. what a waste.
4philipp (23 days ago)
There is no need for it as long as it’s not changing equipment. The raw data, the trend is there
Eric W (29 days ago)
That was dumb.
Green Lizard (29 days ago)
40 years of being able to watch TV without a woman talking all the time. Now that's my definition of happiness.
Wooly Highlander (30 days ago)
Must be a wanker  !
x x (30 days ago)
Obesive much?
Ashley Lala (1 month ago)
Climate change = the result of geoengineering and weather modification programs that have been going on for over 50 years yet the public remains largely ignorant because they are too busy watching sports or Kardashians. Go to WeatherModificationHistory dot com to learn more.
robert b. howse (1 month ago)
Small carbon footprint. He goes str8 to heaven. Collect $200.00
Enigma Vortex (1 month ago)
The voice of the host lady sounds super creepy
Matthew Bovington (1 month ago)
All these bull*hit comments, nothing about the actual take away here??
Joe (1 month ago)
Yes, yes, but where are the reindeers? 🤗
Harry Peterson (21 days ago)
Billy got hungry... No more reindeers unfortunately... 😢
ischaffee (1 month ago)
who does he talk to
Butterfly Blue (1 month ago)
I hope he has a pet.🐐🐩🐈🐿🐓🐇🕊
deer hunter (1 month ago)
wowwee how special , a human
lmao (1 month ago)
He is the ultimate hippie
Beauverre Prive (1 month ago)
1:40 music?
Dee Dee Winfrey (1 month ago)
We are doomed 🌍
Eerie Dagger (1 month ago)
Lmao the title
Emmanuel Janos (1 month ago)
i find it very lame that NatGeo uses a photo of a person who is not the hermit - just some person who looks like a hermit