I was thinking it’s great to hear from Jim and Emma and their adventure on the ranch in Canada and asking about our own bucket lists. Well one the things I am going to do in just over a week from now is trek the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea and we, that is the team I’m a part of, will be leaving very cold Melbourne on the 20th June to head over to a tropical environment where the temperatures range between 85 Farenheit/30 Celcius during the day and 75 Farenheit/23 Celcius at night with around 77% humidity.
The last four months I have spent training in the Dandenong Ranges in Melbourne climbing the 1000 steps and the Glasgow Rd trek which is a rugged mountain of uneven steps and can be very slippery coming down. This is the suggested training in preparation for the Kokoda Trail (this link is a map of the trek), as well as sessions in the gym and a weekend away trekking mountains for five and three hour sessions one day after another.
The track itself is a 96km single footpath with unrelenting climbs and slippery steep descents. It was the scene of a very horrendous battle between the Aussie soldiers – nicknamed “chocos” and the Japanese which the diggers managed to stave off and prevent from invading Australia along the northern coast during WWII. There is a lot of history on that track and oh… it’s VERY muddy too. I will be right out of my comfort zone as I have never hiked or camped away from civilization and once you are on the track, there’s no getting out except via the finish line.
We will be camping in villages for the most part, maybe get a hot shower at the end of the night, there will be plenty of river crossings and I will definitely employ a personal porter to carry the bulk of my belongings. I will carry my essentials of 4 litres of water per day, my snack packs made up mainly of sugar fixes and cup of soups for lunches. I will also have an emergency medical kit in my pack and my camera. The rest which is made up of a couple of changes of clothes (one for night and one spare), towel, sleeping bag and mat, spare socks, running shoes just in case, a journal for writing my experience, pen, some toiletries, a head torch and spare batteries and that’s about it! Very basic for the 8 day trek!
I should explain that the reason I chose to go on this trek is because it is a great personal challenge and a good way of finding out exactly what I am made of. I think I am mentally tough and this trek will show me just how much! As my journey progresses through my personal development, this kind of challenge will only help me on my way. After all, if I don’t put myself out there and get out of my comfort zone, how else will I know what I am capable of?
Has anyone here done any trekking like this before? Would you like to be adventurous and get out of your comfort zone or are you comfortable with yourself as you are? Do you think you will attempt this or something similar? Am I crazy leaving two young kids and my partner behind to take this on? Yes I want some feedback… good and/or bad. Let me know your thoughts on this.
PS: I forgot to mention that this is some of the most pristine rainforest around and I’m glad I don’t have to fly all the way to Brazil to experience this… not yet anyway… maybe next time.