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When one became 4

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I've started this blog as a way for me to look back and see the mistakes that I made, misconceptions that I had prior to actually doing the Kokoda Trial in June 2019. and also to hopefully help others also considering the Kokoda Trail/Track in their planning/packing/training.

I initially booked my Kokoda adventure on October 28, 2018. I had been interested in the Track for quite some time, having had good friends do it, as well as through working at the Dept. of Defence - albeit in a civilian role - and hearing of a number of the military stories that were born out of that period and place in history.

After asking a number of my friends if they were interested in joining, I received luke warm interest and quickly came to the opinion that if I really wanted to go, I needed to just pull the trigger and book the trip.

After consulting friends that had done the track, and a bit of internet searching I decided on the company Kokoda Spirit to be our guides for the trip. Not content with taking the easy option, this company offers a Kokoda Back to Back trek which does an Owers Corner -> Kokoda -> Owers Corner extreme version of the trek which appealed to me as being a tough challenge, and also conveniently solved my dilemma of which direction I should do the Trail in.

My plan at the time (and still at the time of writing) is that while I will hire a porter as a fallback, plus to give some income to the PNG natives but I would like to achieve this trek carrying my own pack. We will see if that is still my opinion when I begin the track, and whether I manage to make it through the trek without having to palm off my pack.

After booking the trek solo - I began to talk to a few people about it - including a work colleague Michael (who I shall call Foxy from this point on) about the trip. Having recently turned 40 and being up for a challenge, the idea of joining me percolated in his mind and when one of his friends - Nick - also showed interest - my solo adventure quickly became a journey of 3.

Another ex work colleague of mine - Dukey - had recently trekked Kilimanjaro and as part of my initial preparation, I began to ask some questions about gear, fitness etc.

This in turn, unbeknownst to me - began to get his mind ticking over on the thought of joining and in a few days my recent trio was now a quartet.

In this blog I will post my purchases in the lead up to the trek, as well as my final packing list and once i've returned I will write about the mistakes that I made and the things that I did correctly to help anyone planning to do the trip in areas that I perhaps could find information or just ignored the advice on offer.

Posted by jyoung80 16:52 Archived in Papua New Guinea Tagged hiking australia trek jungle new track trail war planning guinea porter papua humid kokoda

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