September 22nd 2018 – Timing is Everything

September 22nd 2018 – Timing is Everything

The hardest walk of my life took place last month on Queensland’s tallest mountain: Mount Bartle Frere. It was signposted as a 2 day walk but Rani and I thought that if we left early enough, we could get it done in a day. We were wrong…

It was a beautiful day, perfect conditions for a walk of this magnitude and the surroundings were picturesque. We walked through stunning rainforest, over waterfalls and had incredible views the whole time. It was challenging as there were many steep, muddy and rocky parts to the climb, as well as a few vertical climbs up tree roots and branches.

It was about 1pm when we thought we were near the top and we had been walking for 5 hours already. We knew that we had to be walking back by 1.30pm to avoid walking at night but we felt like we were so close to the top that we pushed on.

At 3pm, we still hadn’t reached the top and that’s when we decided to bite the bullet and turn around. The alternative was to risk walking dangerous terrain in the dark and that wasn’t a risk we were willing to take on this day.

September 22ndWe managed to get down all the dangerous parts before nightfall, but we still ended up walking for over 2 hours in the dark with our head-torches. The last 2km were extremely challenging for both of us as our legs turned to jelly and my feet and legs were in a lot of pain.

The last kilometre was agony and Rani helped me through by distracting me from the pain, talking to me and asking random questions. We walked 19.8km over 13 hours and even though we didn’t reach the top, it still felt like a massive accomplishment.

There were many lessons learned on this day, the biggest one: if it says it’s a 2 day hike – give it 2 days!

 

August 23rd 2018 – Peace and Quiet

August 23rd 2018 – Peace and Quiet

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed doing training walks with many different people on this journey to Kokoda but this hike by myself was spectacular. It was in the heart of the valley in the Blue Mountains, called the Grand Canyon track. It is the most beautiful walk I have done in my life.

It was so peaceful getting out of the city, walking by myself, day dreaming about life and enjoying the scenery. Spending time in nature is so healing in many different ways, as is spending time by yourself.

19th August 2018 – Training Walk

19th August 2018 – Training Walk

Today we did a hike with an awesome group of people, 6 of us are on the team who are walking Kokoda together. It was a beautiful day in Kuringai National Park and we walked 10km on the Sphinx Track.

I first walked this track back in April and it was a struggle to get through the last couple of kilometres. I felt excited by the progress I’ve made over the last 4 months because not only did I finish it this time with ease, I felt like I could probably do it again straight after.

Training to walk Kokoda has opened up my life in many ways, one in particular that I’m thrilled about is getting to explore nature with friends and family. As a kid, I loved being in nature and was in Scouts. From the age of 13, up until I started training for Kokoda, I didn’t explore the many national parks that surround Sydney because walking was so painful.

Finishing the goal of walking Kokoda will be incredible but the process that I’ve gone through to get there, the lessons that I’ve learned and the benefits are even better.

Inspiration through action.

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