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March 10, 2011 12:29 PM   Subscribe

The Green Tunnel is a six month hike up the Appalacian Trail in a five minute time-lapse video. Though the time-lapse road trip, usually with ambient music, is an overdone genre (except for Michael Gondry's), other time-lapse travel videos can still be interesting: a year long walk through China focusing on beard growth, a visually great (but faked) stop motion walk across America, a boat ride through the Panama Canal,a tilt-shift roadtrip, and the space shuttle Discovery being transported and launched. And, of course, Minecraft in time-lapse. Previously and previously.
posted by blahblahblah (20 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite

 
I haven't decided if this is the worst possible thing for you to post in this ass-end of winter, or if it's the best thing.
posted by Think_Long at 12:49 PM on March 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


Thanks for posting this. I will never hike the Appalachian Trail but this was a nice approximation.
posted by josher71 at 12:51 PM on March 10, 2011


Needs more police scanners.....
posted by schmod at 1:10 PM on March 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


Awesome. I recently walked the Camino de Santiago and next time I do something similar I may focus on the road itself instead of the many views that I tried to capture and share on the way. I can only imaging the feeling of seeing that Welcome to Maine sign, and not just for leaving New Hampshire behind.
posted by jsavimbi at 1:13 PM on March 10, 2011


I was loving the movie, but I couldn't hack the music. Otherwise, very cool. Thanks!
posted by Samizdata at 1:18 PM on March 10, 2011


Welcome to Maine...only 281 miles to go.
posted by MtDewd at 1:20 PM on March 10, 2011


Very cool, though I wish Mahoosic Notch was given more attention.
posted by bondcliff at 1:21 PM on March 10, 2011


I think I saw the same tree twice.
posted by Xurando at 2:37 PM on March 10, 2011


I have a good friend who will be beginning her hike of the Appalachian Trail on March 20. I'm so delighted that you posted this, so I have a sense of what she will be seeing over the coming months.
posted by theBigRedKittyPurrs at 2:38 PM on March 10, 2011


I've heard that much of the Appalachian Trail is super congested and more of a wide dirt road than a real hike. Where those parts edited out? This looked like it was pretty isolated and was mostly single track.
posted by sideshow at 2:58 PM on March 10, 2011


I've heard that much of the Appalachian Trail is super congested and more of a wide dirt road than a real hike.

Mrrrff? Not that I know of. I've hiked the whole Maryland section, plus some in Virginia and Pennsylvania, and I've never seen anything resembling a "wide dirt road". It's all pretty much like it is in the video. It could be different elsewhere, of course—but I've never heard or read anything to that effect.
posted by ixohoxi at 3:45 PM on March 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


Well, actually, part of the Maryland section runs along the C&O canal towpath, which is pretty wide and flat, and popular among Sunday strollers and cyclists. But that's a small part of the trail, and very much an exception to the norm.
posted by ixohoxi at 3:47 PM on March 10, 2011


I've never seen anything resembling a "wide dirt road"...

To be honest, the context of what I read was: The Appalachian Trail is easy, a real hike would be the John Muir Trail or the Pacific Coast Trail.
posted by sideshow at 3:51 PM on March 10, 2011


It never rains on the AT! Who knew?
posted by Right On Red at 4:02 PM on March 10, 2011


Wow, that's pretty cool. I especially liked the surprised cow. I have always had a secret wish to do this hike -- or some of it -- and now it's revived my interest again.
posted by OolooKitty at 4:33 PM on March 10, 2011


The walk across china was incredible. It was probably just my own perception, but I felt like the guy doing it really grew as a person during that time. Thanks for posting this.


also... way to pull up the wanderlust I've been trying to squash so I can finish college...
posted by jellywerker at 5:04 PM on March 10, 2011


I highly recommend Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods for those interested in The Appalachian Trail.

If nothing else you'll get a good laugh at his expense.
posted by bwg at 5:31 PM on March 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


The Appalachian Trail is easy, a real hike would be the John Muir Trail or the Pacific Coast Trail.

The Appalachian trail is 2,200 miles long and passes through fourteen states. Its terrain...varies somewhat.

Wikipedia lists the difficulty of the AT as "moderate to strenuous"—same as the John Muir Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail.

I've been on sections of the AT that are quite easy, and sections that have thoroughly kicked my (admittedly not very fit) ass. I hear the Hundred-Mile Wilderness is especially hardcore—sidling along cliffs and whatnot.

I highly recommend Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods for those interested in The Appalachian Trail.

Seconded! An enjoyable, easy read.
posted by ixohoxi at 6:11 PM on March 10, 2011


I will third the Bryson recommendation, though the companion he chose was maddening.
posted by maxwelton at 6:32 PM on March 10, 2011


That's a lot of batteries!
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 8:08 PM on March 10, 2011


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