The hike to the summit of Mt Abrupt is one not to be missed whilst visiting the Grampians. This image was captured on my first hike to the summit. I left Dunkeld at 4am and commenced the hike in the dark on a brisk August morning.
The hike itself begins gradually and it feels like you are hiking in the wrong direction. After this point the walk takes a sharp change in direction and the hike becomes quite steep. I found myself scrambling and climbing and starting to sweat with all of the camera gear I was carrying. Once past the steeper middle section the views opened up to become stunning – even in the dark! The walk also becomes much easier towards to the top as the gradient is gentle. The track surface is mainly slabs of bedrock and the towards the top, it is exposed to the winds from the west. With this in mind I found a sheltered cliff to setup a motion controlled time-lapse for the rising sun. This photograph is a still image from the time-lapse.