Liam's Story

After being informed that we had been elected and sponsored by the Duke of Edinburgh to walk the Kokoda track we began our intense training. We spent roughly 2 hours per week doing the most physical cardio and strength training we could manage. Not only would this be in preparation for the physical toughness of the Kokoda track, but would also prepare us mentally for what would become the most mentally draining experience of our lives. The track itself was amazing, the humidity, the heat, the hills and the constant thoughts inside of us revolving around the brave men and women whom had died along the very track we were walking made it an unforgettable adventure. Despite the hardships our group was full of spirit, everyone had bonded very closely not only with each other, but our porters who were the most interesting and friendly people we had ever met. These boys walked in bare feet, at an incredible pace with a 20 – 30 kg pack on their back, yet despite all of this they were always smiling ear to ear, and were so happy to talk to us, hang out with us and play games with us. The porters made our time on the track absolutely delightful and we seriously couldn’t have done it without them. Overall, the track should never be looked at as a physical challenge and only be done to prove your fitness, the Kokoda track is possibly the most confronting memory of war involving Australia, and your time on the track is made infinitely better if time is taken to think about and reflect on those who died on the track.

SEP 2016