2016 LARAPINTA TRAIL JOURNAL

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About The Larapinta Trail: September 14th-22nd

The challenging and remote Larapinta Trail (139mi) runs along the West MacDonnell Ranges in the center of Australia and has become a highly recommended trail in Australia. . This arid area is similar to that experienced in Southwestern United States. The blazed and sometimes off-trail route goes through various landscapes along the range to include rocky ridges, creek beds, plains, and through many gorges. It’s a unique place with little water, so there are tanks along the way that collect rainwater and are filled by trail maintainers. I hiked it eastbound from Redbank Gorge to Alice Springs. It was a unique year in which they had three times their normal rainfall, so I was able to get more greenery, wildflowers, and even experience the Larapinta filled with water after a hard rain.

BASE PACK WEIGHT: 12lbs. 15.4oz.

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