ANZAC FAST TREK 1147
Date: 19 April 2019 – 25th April 2019
This trek begins with a short flight to Kokoda where your trek will begin this day 19th of April 2019. The trek will end at Owers’ Cnr on 24th April 2019. Trekkers will then return to Port Moresby Accommodation. The following morning 25th April, trekkers will attend Bomana War Cemetery for the dawn service.
Day 1 – 19th April 2019 : POM – KOKODA – ISURAVA
Day 2 – 20th April 2019 : ISURAVA – TEMPLETON’S CROSSING
Day 3 – 21st April 2019 : TEMPLETON’S CROSSING – EFOGI
Day 4 – 22nd April 2019 : EFOGI – NAURO
Day 5 – 23rd April 2019 : NAURO – UA’ULE CREEK
Day 6 – 24th April 2019 : UA’ULE CREEK – OWERS’ CORNER
Day 7 – 25th April 2019 : Attend Dawn Service at Bomana War Cemetery
Update 19th April 2019
Trek 1147: Our next Anzac Trek is about to get underway as trekkers have made their way to the Tropicair terminal building at Jackson’s Airport, Port Moresby to book in for their charter flight to Kokoda. Chris Bauba our PNG based Manager has had a busy few days. I spoke with him around 7:30am and he informed me everything was good to go and that he had already dropped our cargo to the airport cargo area and at that stage he was at the Gateway Hotel with our trekkers.
Waiting to board their flight are the following trekkers: Karly Ford; Guy Walker; Monika Krysta; Rose Gu; David Hoefer; Kathryn Askwith; Benjamin Millican; Paul Turner and Nathan Perks. On the day the previous trekkers arrived, our Prado broke a steering wheel belt. Luckily a replacement was able to be found and a big THANK YOU to Nathan Perks who took it with him to PNG yesterday and saved the day. Chris was able to get it fitted by a mechanic during the afternoon and was able to drive this treks gear to the airport today.
Trek 1147: Due to cloud cover in Kokoda, the flight was delayed until it cleared up. Trekkers departed from Port Moresby around 9:30am and some 20 minutes later had touched down in Kokoda where they were met by our staff who were eagerly waiting for them as its their first fast trek of 2019. Christopher Tananoa is the Guide his trek and his 2IC is Wayne Urina Tihimi who is also the personal porter for Nathan Perks.
Have not yet heard from Christopher but our GPS is showing them heading for Deniki. The destination for tonight is Isurava. Trekkers on this trek include: Karly Ford; Guy Walker; Monika Krysta; Rose Gu; David Hoefer; Kathryn Askwith; Benjamin Millican; Paul Turner and Nathan Perks.
Supporting Christopher and Wayne are the following staff: Tony Ogonemi as a personal porter for David along with food porters: Lancelot Geroia; Arnold Jinga; Cliff Taimbari; Katu Suma; Frank Taimbari; plus one extra person in lieu of Jessie Aire who was a no show due to a bout of malaria.
Trek 1147: Christopher called in to say they are now at Isurava Village where they were just having a meal before tucking in for the night. He said everyone in the group did ok today and that they were looking forward to another day of walking tomorrow when they head to Isurava Memorial area, through Alola Village, past Eora Creek and all going well reach Templeton’s II for the night. Go team 1147, ‘Day 1‘ completed.
Update 20th April 2019
Trek 1147: our 9 trekkers and staff have now reached Village and at 10:30am. They most likely will stop for morning tea before moving off towards their destination for tonight.
Trek 1147: I just got off the phone following an update from Christopher our guide. He said everyone has done really well today and they arrived at Templeton’s Crossing as per their trekking schedule. Tomorrow plan a) is to reach Efogi, plan b) is Brigade Hill. So far he said not one problem among his group. Tomorrow they will cross paths with trekkers from ‘Trek 1148’ walking in the opposite direction. No doubt this will be followed by a bit of excitement as boys say hi to their friends and relatives. Trekkers might ask each other what they can expect up ahead. Keep going trek 1147, you are doing well!