GR20 – One Step At A Time (Fotos und Timelapse-Film)

Being among Europe’s toughest and most challenging long distance hiking trails, the “Grande Randonnée 20” on Corse crosses the French island’s mountain range from North to South. The path leads over exposed ridgelines and deep valleys, featuring stunning panoramic views and dense magical forests. After having walked the northern part of the trail in 2010, I knew I had to come back and walk the whole distance. Although hiking was my number one priority, as I was obsessed with walking every single step of the 180km path, I still brought my DSLR camera and a small tripod. Whenever the conditions would allow it, I took pictures for this movie. These three weeks, however, had it all: Huts being closed because of potential forest fires and hikers being rescued because of incredibly swollen rivers. Thanks to these droughts, floodings, storms and ice most of the pictures taken for this timelapse movie were near the lodges. So, while successfully solo-hiking the whole trail southbound despite the sometimes nasty weather, I cannot say I succeeded in portraying the trail’s true beauty, unfortunately. You will have to go there and see for your own eventually… Until then, I hope you enjoy this movie.

The whole idea was inspired mainly by the breathtaking video “Yosemite HD” by the Yosemite Project (hence the same music: M83‘s “Outro”). Obviously I did not want to carry a Dolly or any other automated tripod with me (not that I could afford one…), so I just used my Canon 5D MKII with the TC-80 N3 timer and the smallest Cullman tripod that was able to hold my Canon 16-35mm  lens. The wind was blowing so strong at times that I had to secure the small tripod with huge rucks. This was my first time ever experimenting with time lapse and, in hindsight, I learned quite a bunch about which settings work under certain circumstances and I am looking forward to photographing my next timelapse movie – wherever that may be – and (hopefully) seeing some improvements.

I want to thank Vincent from Casa Alta in Vizzavona for receiving my food drop, Fabian and Stijn for lending me their swimming trunks after the wind took my spare-underwear, Nelis for the book I never finished and Hans for the longest taxi ride of my life. Hugs go out to all of you.


22 Kommentare zu GR20 – One Step At A Time (Fotos und Timelapse-Film)

  1. Hendrik says:

    Fantastische Fotos, schaut nach ner klasse Tour aus =)

  2. Janek says:

    Great video. Lots of familiar places – definitely worth a second visit.

  3. bodach says:

    wohau, grandiose Bilder, excellenter Time-lapse film. Hereinrollende Wolken… und der Peter rockt.
    Wann war denn deine Tour? Die Bilder (dank Filter?) sehen ja eher nach angenehm kuel als 35 grad im Schatten aus. Im Juni war es da recht heissssssss. zu heiss.

  4. Fabian says:

    Ende August / Anfang September. Wie beschrieben: Diese zwei Wochen hatte ich von a*schkalt bis s*uheiß alles dabei. ;)

  5. Jan says:

    Hammerfotos!! Ich hatte schon fast vergessen, wie unglaublich schön es da ist – ich war vor 15 Jahren dort und hatte eine analoge SLR-Ausrüstung mit. 3 kg Gerümpel umsonst mitgeschleppt denn: das Labor hat beim Entwickeln die Diafilme verdorben…
    So langsam reift die Idee, das Ganze zu wiederholen….mal sehen. Dein Bericht hat mich jedenfalls in dieser Idee bestärkt, weiter so! :-)

  6. Jens says:

    Wirklich klasse!

  7. Antoine says:

    Tres bel hommage au GR20 !!!

  8. anna says:

    great pictures, great trails! greetings and hugs from poland! ;]

  9. ugis says:

    great pictures and timelapse! i will hike part of GR20 next week, so looking forward to see these places!

  10. bodach says:

    Sag mal ist das Zufall?
    Dein Timelapse der Wolken und Peter Gabriel?
    Lieblingsbuch und sicherlich auch Film…

  11. rene says:

    Your photographies are really awesome. I guess you must be the best photographer I’ve ever seen or maybe have the greatest lens and the most incredible (and at the same time decent) Lightroom skills. Really, no sh*t, great pictures. And I like the movie, especially the eart-spinning-part. And the donkey. I like donkeys.

  12. Vor 20 Jahren ebenfalls gelaufen. Schön das sich (fast) nichts geändert hat … und vielleicht packe ich es mal mit meinen Jungs, die Tour zu wiederholen. Die Bilder und das Video waren jedenfalls Inspiration und Motivation genug. ;-)

  13. Thomas says:

    Wunderschönes Video, erstklassige Fotos, tolle Website! Ein augenschmeichelnder Genuss!
    Danke für deine Zeit und Mühe deine (abenteuerlichen) Erlebnisse zu teilen. :-)
    Werde den GR20 auch mal in Angriff nehmen. Hoffentlich früher als später.

  14. Ken Takel says:

    Wow. Wunderschön. Will ich unbedingt auch noch hin. Jetzt erst recht!

  15. David says:

    Wunderschöne Bilder und super Video! Ich muss mich jetzt auch mal mit timelapse befassen, wirklich toll!

  16. Krzysztof says:


    Your video is absolutely mind blowing. In addition all these photos are stunning. I will be walking mine GR20 in June 2014. Gearing up at the moment, trying different stuff. I can see that you have used Msr Hubba HP which I am realy after. Can you drop me a line on how it performed. My concern is the weight of it 1.36 – but it seems to be very robust. Once again – Great piece of work !

  17. fabian says:

    I’ve said it before, the Hubba HP is the perfect tent for me. It’s tough, lightweight and comfy.

  18. Anne says:

    WOW! Das Video ist der absolute Oberhammer! Unglaublich toll! Vielen Dank dafür.

  19. Alex says:

    Hallo Fabian,

    Kompliment! Wirklich stimmungsvolle und grandiose Zeitraffer Aufnahmen. Macht einen riesen Spaß sich dein Video anzuschauen!
    Habe ich richtig gesehen und du hast in dem MSR Nook Zelt übernachtet? Falls ja, hast du gute Erfahrungen damit gemacht? Stehe kurz vor dem Kauf.

    LG Alex

  20. fabian says:

    Danke Alex! Das Zelt ist allerdings das Hubba HP, auch von MSR.

  21. Samuel says:


    In first, I want to say that your picture arr very nice. Your video is also very cool!

    I’m leaving for the GR20 this summer and I have a few questions for you.

    First off all, how you did for your battery? Is it possible to have access to electricity during the GR20? I only have one battery at the moment…

    Secondly, do you think is a good idea to only bring a 35 mm 1.8 or is better to bring a 18-55 during that trip?

    If you can give me help with my questions it would be nice.

    Thank you very much!


  22. Wow wunderschöne Fotos, war bestimmt ein super Erlebnis.

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