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Published by John Chapman
Authors - John Chapman, Monica Chapman

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Book posted September 16th, see note below

NOTE - we will be away walking from July 17th to Septemvber 13th 2024 (8 weeks).
We cannot pack and post orders while away, our house sitter does not pack books.

On our return we will process and post all orders by Monday September 16th 2024.
If you want a book earlier, we suggest ordering direct from Open Spaces Publishing (they are one of our distributors)


For details about payment options, posting, packaging and ordering multiple copies, refer to the paragraph at the top of our general Publication page.

The 3rd edition is the same size and format as the first two editions. Notes were updated and include details such as more new shelter huts, changed food drop facilities and the new section of track through Ellery Creek North.We have also completed a number of off-track walks in the area (Chewings Range & Mt Giles and Mt Zeil) and decided to not add these into the guide as it would have made the book heavier and would not be of relevance to most Larapinta Trail walkers. Instead we will publish those notes in another form, here are some basic notes for the Chewings Range.

The Larapinta Trail guide has 160 pages, 121 colour photographs, 20 topographic maps (one for each days walk), ISBN 1 920995 22 5, Recommended Price A$39.95 (including GST). This is an all colour production with full track notes for both directions along the trail. The colour topographic maps and notes have been colour coded for each direction to reduce confusion about which notes are currently being followed. Gradient profiles are provided at the same scale as those used in all our books. Each chapter describes a section of the trail plus the side trip to Glen Helen is included. The third editon has an expanded background section (4 more pages) which includes history of the area and notes on geology, climate, vegetation and wildlife. A comprehensive section on Safety and Trip Planning are provided. For the 3rd edition, we have reorganised the guide into 12 chapters to match the national park sections but retained the 20 one day sections within the notes. Of course many walk the track in less than 20 days with 14 to 18 days being the most common.

As I predicted, this walk has become a classic well-known walk as it traverses some excellent arid scenery. Water has been provided by park management at most of the regular campsites along the trail. For more details about the trail refer to my Larapinta Trail webpage for general information.

Some have asked for an online version - see my online policy page about why we are not yet doing this for our major books.
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 Last updated : July 14th 2024