Hyperlapse video: hiking the epic Grampians Peaks Trail in 5.5 minutes – The Guardian

Where/what are the Grampians?

The Grampians (Gariwerd) national park is a rugged wilderness of striking sandstone mountain ranges, expansive grasslands, windswept ridges and dense bush located in the highlands of western Victoria, three hours drive from Melbourne.

When I heard they were creating a new multi-day hike that would stretch the entire 160km length of the Grampians – the Grampians Peaks Trails (GPT) – I knew I wanted to experience it as soon as possible. Luckily for me, Parks Victoria had seen the Guardian’s previous hyperlapse video showcasing the Bondi-to-Manly walk, and were happy to see if it would be possible to create something similar on a larger scale.

Grampians Peaks Trail is a 160km challenging 13-day/12-night hike through a variety of terrain in the Grampians (Gariwerd) national park

Grampians Peaks Trail is a 160km challenging 13-day/12-night hike through a variety of terrain in the Grampians (Gariwerd) national park

How was the hike?

The entire GPT clocks in at a lengthy 160km from end-to-end, but I only had a week off in which to hike and capture the footage I needed. Hours poring over topographic maps and meetings with Parks Victoria were required to come up with a condensed itinerary that would hit all the major highlights of the trail.

Some days were dropped, some days were combined, but in the end we concocted an arduous 120km version of the trail I could complete over seven days.

A spectacular view from day two of the Grampians Peaks Trail, a newly-built 160km hike in western Victoria’s Grampians national park. Photograph: David Fanner/The Guardian

I combined the first two days of the hike, two of the hardest days, into one gigantic, 10-hour, bulging blister of a day, arriving at Gar campsite in the pouring ran as it grew dark, and feeling like I had bitten off more than I could chew.

But after that baptism of fire, my hiking legs took hold. One of the best parts about a long hike like the …….

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2022/apr/01/hyperlapse-video-hiking-the-epic-grampians-peaks-trail-in-55-minutes

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