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The Camera: Kevin Gallagher's Appalachian Trail

Kevin Gallagher

The Appalachian Trail (AT) runs from Maine to Georgia, covering 2,181 miles along ridges, through valleys and thick forests, 14 states, and Kevin Gallagher's childhood backyard. As a kid, he was an AT regular, hiking sections of the trail with his family near their home in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. It was those day hikes that would turn Gallagher on to the six-month trek of the entire AT.

"I remember standing on the trail and my mom pointed in one direction and said, 'if you walk all the way that way, you'll get to Maine.' Then she turned me around and said, 'if you walk all the way that way, you'll get to Georgia."

Gallagher was only seven at the time, but the moment was definitive. 

On April 2, 2005 he set out from Springer Mountain in Georgia and hiked north, arriving at Katahdin, Maine on October 6.

"I sure would have loved to keep going," he said.

Along the way, he took 24 photographs of 24 steps of a section of trail each day. When Gallagher returned home, he had over 4,000 slides. In February 2011 he released "The Green Tunnel," a video that strings together each scanned slide and takes viewers down the epic footpath in under five minutes.

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4,000 Photos, 5 Journals, and a Ukulele: Three Iconic Trails Captured

Adventure seriesIn a world of souvenirs and digital cameras, it's easy for travelers to commemorate a trip with T-shirts, postcards, refrigerator magnets, and quickly snapped photos to say, "I've been here."

But do these things really acknowledge the adventure had? Probably not.

In a three-part series, we'll introduce you to filmmaker Kevin Gallagher, writer Kolby Kirk, and the multimedia artists of The Muir Project. These creative geniuses traveled for months and miles along three iconic long-distance hiking trails in North America, documenting their experiences through unique and extraordinary means. What they came home with are mementos that keep their journeys alive and make you feel as though you have just walked hundreds of miles as well.

--Lauren Pope / photo courtesy of istock/RapidEye

The Camera: Kevin Gallagher's Appalachian Trail 

The Journals: Kolby Kirk's Pacific Crest Trail

The Ukulele: Collaboration on the John Muir Trail 


Time-lapse Photographers Reveal Yosemite in all its Splendor

Two budding time-lapse photographers, Sheldon Neill and Colin Delehanty, recently released this sweeping vignette of Yosemite National Park, which has resonated with nature lovers and photo geeks alike:  

Yosemite HD from Project Yosemite on Vimeo.

The Project Yosemite idea was born shortly after Delehanty reached out to Neill over Vimeo and enquired about the technical dolly magic behind his romp from Cottonwood Lakes to Mt. Whitney. Delehanty wondered whether he'd be able to use a similar system for a project he envisioned capturing on Yosemite's Half Dome. 

Neill went a step further and suggested they film the time-lapse in the park together.

Some time in September, the pair rendezvoused for the first time in person at midnight in El Capitan Meadow and began shooting. The beautiful sequence at 1:24 of a climber's flashlight flickering from a crevice in the cliff was filmed later that night. 

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