Signing up to trek the Kokoda Track was extremely daunting for me, however I am so glad I did and it is now one of the most unique and rewarding trips I have ever done.
My sister first approached me with the 2016 Kokoda Challenge to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. It instantly jumped out at me as something I had to do.
I believe it is best to judge businesses on not only when everything goes well but also when something out of their control goes wrong. Both my sister and I were bumped off our booked flight from Port Moresby to Popondetta on Day 1. It was a very stressful time watching our trek leader, all our team members and all our luggage leave on a flight we were supposed to be on. After contacting Back Track Adventures in Australia, they were extremely sympathetic and concerned. Back Track were so quick to organise and fund a helicopter flight for my sister and myself directly to Kokoda Station. This meant not only did we not miss any trekking time with our team but we got to see some spectacular views. We flew directly through the Owen Stanley Ranges and got to see several of the villages along the Kokoda Track from the air before we hiked it. Back Track’s efforts turned a really worrying situation into one of the best highlights of the trip.
The physical exhaustion from the insidious inclines and descents, the unfathomable humidity, the relentless insects and the mental drain of attempting such a vast endeavour are what make Kokoda one of the most famous treks in the world. Each day was so very tough but the moment I walked under the arches at the end, the immense sense of pride and accomplishment overwhelmed me so much I want to do it all again.