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#1 Boss Meri

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:03 AM

This trek got under way this morning with a few hickups. The bus organised for a 6am pick up was running on PNG time and arrived at 6:45am instead. Once on board, trekkers headed out to Bomana War Cemetery and at 8:20 were on their way to Owers' Corner. Pat Vainerere would have been leading this trek but unfortunately he found himself in hospital and had to cancel. We were lucky enough to obtain another guide by the name of Bob Killip from Canberra who loves the outdoors and in 2006 climbed Mt Everest. I met up with Bob in Brisbane yesterday and he was looking forward to the walk. On this trek there are four trekkers, one of which is our very first trekker from China - Shuming Zhu. Australian's are Scott Richardson; Hayden Windsor and Steve Culloton. Photographs will be posted later when one of our porters by the name of Pescol Kageni returns to our base as he is down to walk on the 15th and kindly offered to go out with the bus to take some pics. Photograph below is of Bob when we met in Brisbane yesterday at the airport.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:04 AM

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:05 AM

For anyone wishing to follow this trek online through our GPS, please click on the following link:

http://trekonkokoda....lD8fP2VYK3W9w54

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:09 AM

On this trek are some of our most experienced staff, including: Harold Hauro, Bob's 2IC; Trevor Jinga; Ivan Semie; Wayne Urina Tihimi'; Ramsey Idau (who won our last race in 18 hours from Kokoda to Owers' Cnr); Lenny Enjeka; Emmanuel Eroro; Harry Mendari and Hobert Keke.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:23 PM

Just received a sat phone call from Ioribaiwa saying despite their slightly delayed start due to the bus being on PNG time, they arrived safely at their destination for today at 5:55pm. Everyone has done well and Bob said all going well. Tomorrow they have decided to pull up for the night at Nauro Village instead of Agulogo.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 07:59 PM

This group reached Nauro Village around 3:30pm this afternoon. Apparently ran into a bit of rain but group did really well. Tomorrow they will head to Efogi the half way point so another tough day ahead of them.

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 07:33 PM

This group have now reached the half way point of Efogi. Have just spoken to Bob and Harold. Seems its raining for a couple of hours each day. Both echoed the same comments that both porters and trekkers are ok and doing well. Tomorrow the plan is to head into Myola Junction for a look around before returning to 1900 for the night. Seems our food drop was there in Efogi having been dropped off by Airborne Logistics helicopter yesterday. Another thing to cross off my check list. I was assured the food is also there for the trek that commenced today so all good, no-one will run short of food.

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 07:17 PM

This trek have now reached Bomber's Camp. I just hung up the sat phone after talking to Trevor Jinga. He said they were all a little tired but that everyone continues to do well. Tomorrow they head to Eora Creek.

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Posted 17 September 2017 - 08:28 PM

We received a sat phone call from Bob to say they have now reached Eora Creek. He said everyone is good. One of his trekkers has sore feet but nothing that will stop them finishing their trek. Tomorrow they head to Isurava for their last night on the Kokoda Trail. All doing great and no doubt looking forward to finishing their successful trek. 'Before' and 'After' pic of Eora Creek. Now instead of a log crossing, they have a cane bridge! This river makes such a loud noise as the water rushes downstream.

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 05:03 PM

Have just heard from Bob and they are right on target to walk off the track tomorrow into Kokoda around 1pm. He said no problems whatsoever with trekkers and porters and all looking forward to finishing tomorrow. At the moment they are at Isurava Village for the last night on the track.

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 01:12 PM

Congratulations are in order as they have not long ago walked off the Kokoda Trail and under the archway in Kokoda. I just spoke to Harold Hauro and he said the hired 4WDrive was there to pick the trekkers up along with some of our staff who live closer to Orohaven Pija where they will spend the night. So at the moment, they are making their way down to Pija where they will have a dip in the creek and look forward to some pizza for dinner tonight cooked by Maryanne Suma along with some local food cooked by the women from Pija. Well done everyone, trekkers, Bob our new guide and all our staff who did their best to ensure trekkers completed their trek.

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