Living The Fuzzy Wuzzy Dream
Posted 29 April 2004 - 07:37 AM
April 16, 2004 ? just eleven days before the ANZAC Day celebrations - eight trekkers from Australia headed out for Kokoda Trail on a nine-day trek.
It seemed an important event since the trek was done in commemoration of the ANZAC Day which eventuated on Sunday, April 25. And no one knew better than, Emily Barr, Colin Mitchell, Garth Tuckey, Andrew Diduszko, James Roach, Murray Jones, Stacey Chesworth, and Chris Baker what it is like to remember the ANZAC heroes ?this? way.
The team on the ANZAC trek posed for a group shot at Isurava
Posted 29 April 2004 - 07:38 AM
Eleven year old Kingsley Eroro who hails from Kokoda Station, Oro province, is probably the youngest PNG trekker ever to have walked the whole Kokoda Trail. It was only his first, but also a dream come true after so many years of idolizing his father as an expert trekker, guide and porter.
Young Kingsley Eroro pictured here with his walking stick:
Posted 29 April 2004 - 07:39 AM
Kingsley?s father, Russell Eroro has walked more than 140 times and is arguably one of most experienced guides. Russell was trained by Clive Baker for more than 10 years and now runs his own trekking company Kokoda Trekking Ltd. One could say that he is the localized version of Clive Baker. His Uncle John (Derek) Eroro is also one of the most experienced Guides and a veteran of several hundred treks. In fact with the exception of one, all his Uncles and several cousins are also regular Kokoda Trail Porters & Guides. It is certain all their skills are being passed on to the younger Eroro.
Kingsley on the trail with Garth Turkey and one of the porters:
Posted 29 April 2004 - 07:41 AM
And young Kingsley did just that. He carried his own 10kg pack, with his sleeping bag, water bottle, clothing and some lunch in it and never burdened anyone for the nine consecutive days. He stayed by his father?s side all the way and tried to learn as much as he could from the trek.
Kingsley arriving at the camp site with his pack on his back:
Posted 29 April 2004 - 07:42 AM
When asked about his trip, Kingsley said: ?I enjoyed it (trekking) very much I want to do often.? The dangerous terrain and steep slopes of Kokoda, didn?t even seem to bother him once, his father said.
Still on the track, Kingsley had a moment with the international trekkers
Posted 29 April 2004 - 07:43 AM
Only time will tell but Kingsley sure wants to carry on the Kokoda dream. He is only a fourth grader at Kokoda primary school and soccer has become his nambawan sport. Just as well as he plays soccer he would like to excel in his treks ? something he deemed is worthwhile for the future.
Like Father, Like Son.... Kingsley also spares a moment with dad and expert trekker and guide Russell Eroro
Posted 29 April 2004 - 07:45 AM
To Kingsley it was a break well deserved and he could not wait to tell the rest of the story to his classmates back in Kokoda when he returned home on Sunday 25th April following the Anzac Dawn Service at the Bomana War Cemetery. Another highlight was his first trip into the big smoke ? the capital of PNG, Port Moresby. Kingsley also attended the Gunfire Breakfast at the Australia High Commission with other members of his fathers trekking team which was in itself a real eye opener for him.
His father?s associate Gail Thomas (www.pngbd.com & www.kokodatrail.com.pg) also rewarded him with a brand new bicycle which he couldn?t wait to show off to his family and friends on arrival back in Kokoda.
?After the trek I felt convinced that I can take up the trek any time. I want to be a guide just like my father,? Kingsley said with a strong conviction.
When asked how Kokoda compared with Port Moresby, he remarked?.there are a lot more shops!
At the end of the trek at Ower's Corner...Kingsley is pictured with the rest of the team:
Posted 26 February 2007 - 01:32 PM
Kingsley and Russell Eroro - January 2007:
Posted 26 February 2007 - 01:58 PM
Kingsley is indeed being groomed to help his father run Kokoda Trekking in the long term.
Photograph: Kingsley in the back of our car when we drove from Melbourne to the Gold Coast in January 20087:
Posted 07 July 2007 - 07:27 PM
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