Posted 19 October 2007 - 09:55 PM
Serious Injuries or Just Can’t Go On.
The Chief Guide has a two way radio and is always in daily radio contact with KTL at Port Moresby or Kokoda. If someone gets seriously injured or simply just can’t go on, they are very lucky, because they are in some of the best hands anywhere. The porters are the grandsons of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels.
They will get you to safety in the shortest possible time. This will probably mean building a stretcher and carrying you to a clearing where a helicopter will lift you to Port Moresby.
Mosquitos and Malaria.
On the trek, our experience was as follows; Each night after washing in the stream, we put on long trousers (track suit bottoms), and a long sleeve shirt. We put some insect repellent on any skin that was still exposed, and that was it. In the morning (or afternoon for some) we took our malaria pills. And that was it.
The water you drink will be from the mountain streams. When you need water, tell your porter and he will fill your water bottles from ‘the right place’. You then just add your water purifying pill and maybe some Gatorade / Power Aid etc.
Honestly, I don’t think you really need the water purifying tablets or Gator Aid.
The water is beautifully fresh and pure.
Getting dysentery or ‘the runs’ is not fun, so the water purifying tablets are a pretty good idea, although they do make the water taste funny – which is where the Gator Aid comes in handy.