In the nine years since GoPro sold their first wearable camera, thousands of hikers and backpackers have used the handy little cameras to document their excursions. These days time lapse videos of hikes have formed their own sort of niche on YouTube. In case you’re stuck at the office and need a little bit of the trail in your life, live vicariously through these amateur videographers in three of the best hiking time lapses around:
Fred Burr Reservoir Hike 4th of July 2012 Hike GoPro Style Time Lapse
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Cougar Mountain Hike Time Lapse Video
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A.T. Through Hike Time Lapse
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This video, taken along the Appalachian Trail is a little different than the other two videos in that it uses footage from several different days during the course of a through hike along the trail. A wide variety of different terrain and weather conditions are captured in this footage, and make it a dynamic and engaging video. Check out the pristine snow around 0:50 and the eerie fog at 1:14. There’s even some cool ridge-top footage around 4:31. This video will take you on a journey from your desk chair.