27/07/2012 at 1:10 pm #106591
PS – I' very impressed with your weight coming in at 13 kg! Who are you trekking with Andrew? <img src='http://www.kokodatrail.com.au/forums/public/style_emoticons//smile.png‘ class=’bbc_emoticon’ alt=’:)’ />28/07/2012 at 3:04 am #106592
It's hard to train when you are sick……lots of companies advocate 3 months prep, but you wouldn't want to get off the couch with 3 months to prepare and lose a week or 2 to sickness. Your training has lots of cross-training (different activities) which is good, plus if you live in the east of Vic u would have some decent hills to climb. For you and I, the humidity will be what hits us most, as we dont get humidity in our usual weather, unlike the northern states.
Your Europe holiday sounds PERFECT, lucky thing! I'm a teacher, my dream is to teach part of the year and work for a trekking company as my main employment. Like I said, I hate camping, but I'm a history nut so my dream job would be walking Kokoda and talking about the various battles, the soldiers involved, men like Charlie McCallum, Bruce Kingsbury, Stan Bisset etc etc, the battlefield tactics, the sacrifice of both the Australian and Japanese soldiers. When I'm struggling for motivation at the gym, I think of the conditions that our boys were thrust into, with little training and insufficient equipment, and generals like Blamey who had no sense of the environment that the men on the ground were facing……I also think of the officers who lead these men so brilliantly, heroes like Ralph Honner and Alan Avery. How can I get off the treadmill and give up after 20 minutes, when these men, heroes one and all, had nowhere to go, faced with overwhelming odds, sick, wounded and fighting for their very survival? In my down times, I think of their courage, their endurance, their sacrifice for their mates, and for us.
I'm trekking with Adventure Kokoda, for 2 reasons. I'm walking Kokoda to Owers, and they have a dawn service at Isurava, which I know will be extremely emotional for me personally. My guide was a Vietnam war soldier, he won a MM, Adventure Kokoda seem to have a very strong military focus and thats what I want most from my trek. I also think this will best enable me to further pursue my dream of leading treks myself. I'm planning on soaking up as much of the military history as I can. My next trek will probably be with Kokoda Trekking, taking my 3 eldest kids.
Most of the weight in my pack is medical. I'm taking a lightweight sleeping bag, Black Wolf lightweight sleeping mat and another sleeping roll (figuring sleep=recovery so 2 rolls is worth the extra weight). 1 pair of skins for undies, 1 pants/1 shirt for during the day, 1 pants/1 shirt for night. 6 pairs of socks, 1 lightweight towel, 1 small towel for the feet. 1 plastic plate, 1 plastic bowl, 1 plastic cup, 1 spork. Theres not a lot of weight in all that, like I said worth paying more for lightweight sleeping bag as it is the heaviest item. Only need 2 sets of clothes! Medical is most of the weight………..energy tablets, salt replacement tablets, various creams and potions to look after the feet. Steripen for water treatment. My 1 luxury item is a blow up cushion to sit on at night! Weight is EVERYTHING when u are carrying your own pack. In the mud, every kg matters <img src='http://www.kokodatrail.com.au/forums/public/style_emoticons//smile.png‘ class=’bbc_emoticon’ alt=’:)’ />
Lt Col Phil Roden, referring to those men who died fighting the Japs: "We think of them in sorrow and with pride but there should be a third feeling stronger than grief, greater than pride. A sense of fullness and of achievement. To us, their lives may seem to have been severely shortened, yet in truth they were full lives. It is not how many years a man lives that matters but what he does with the years-many or few- that are granted to him. And those who sleep here did much with theirs.'
I get a lump in my throat whenever I recite these words…….its why we walk the track, paying respect to lives lost for us to enjoy the life that we live today, something that we should never take for granted.06/10/2012 at 5:04 am #105659
25 days to go!18/03/2013 at 1:29 am #106456
Hi Leanne & Nessa18/03/2013 at 1:35 am #106457
Hi Leanne & Nessa
That's better, you can read this one.
Congratulations on your 'Mother & Daughter' trek, I walked with my Daughter and her Fiancee last April/May and it truly was a wonderful experience to do that and then later in Moresby, visit the 9-Mile Cemetery to visit Dad's Gravesite, (despite the fact that it had been vandalised), another moving experience.
My Daughter is in Melbourne (North Eastern)
I look forward to your progress and I have a spreadsheet of every item I carried and its weight, this has been refined before and safter both treks I did, so it is close to what you need to take, but having said that, I appreciate that everyones requirements are different, so the final list may differ somewhat. If you would like a copy, I can email you one.
Warren (Waza) Treks 83 & 872
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