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My Experience By Allan Bradley - 02 October To 10 October 2007


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#16 Boss Meri

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Posted 19 October 2007 - 09:54 PM

Cameras

We all had cameras and our experience suggests that:
  • Small compact digital cameras are best.
  • Try taking a camera that uses replaceable batteries instead of re chargeable batteries.
  • There is no place to recharge batteries on the track.
  • Take an extra memory card or two.
  • Go to a Yachting Shop or Camp Store and buy a waterproof bag to carry your camera in.


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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.

Water

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.

But

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.

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Posted 19 October 2007 - 09:57 PM

Finally.

This is probably the hardest thing to write, but here goes.

Whether you are walking the Track with World War Two in the front of your mind, or walking it as an adventure, or walking it as a corporate team building exercise, walking the Kokoda Track is an emotional experience.

It is a Rite of Passage

You will discover things about yourself and others that only an experience of this type can reveal.

In some small way, you will be saying ‘Thank You” to the Aussie Soldiers and Papua New Guinea Porters who suffered on the track.  They suffered so that Australia would be the great place it is today.

You will be a better person for walking the track.


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Posted 19 October 2007 - 10:30 PM

Allan, on behalf of Kokoda Trekking and everyone who will read this article, THANK YOU for taking the time to write it and to share it with not only our clients but others walking with other companies who may read your suggestion list.

To any of our ex trekkers, if you too would like to share your experience, please email me like Allan with your contribution to what makes a GREAT TREK! and helps to take the worry out of your preparation.

To anyone who would like to write a journal about their trek, whether you are a journalist or not, we would love to hear from you!

Photographs of Trek 390 to share with you.   Allan is the guy in the yellow shirt in the photographs below - or in his words, the bloke with the huge smile on his face as he was just so happy to have completed the trek:

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Posted 19 October 2007 - 10:37 PM

How could I not include this pic....do they look like a proud bunch of trekkers or what?

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Posted 21 October 2007 - 02:58 PM

[topic="General Forums"]My Experience by Allan Bradley[/topic]  Congratulations Allan on a most extensive and informative piece on your experience. Excellent overall advice.

I am aged 61, a son of a 39th Batallion digger  and recently walked the track with a group of 21,including my own two sons. Most of our group were direct decendants of 39th & 2/14th soldiers.  

My preparation included all the recommendations included in your article. With my sporting background in rowing my fitness level was boosted by regular rowing exercise over many years and in particular the past two years. Excellent cardio fitness I found most helpful.

The sheer physical challenge of the walk cannot be understated however this was secondary to the emotion surrounding our crossing.

Again, An excellent article Allan.

Geoff Hardie.

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 12:02 PM

Great account Allan,

I am currently doing a university assignment on 'Place Based pilgrimages', and have chosen the Kokoda trail (which i wish to do one day). With you permission i would like to use some of the information and quotes you have provided, i can assure you that it will not be printed or viewd by the public.

Also Geoff, might we possibly be related? My name is Patrick Hardie, son of Brian Hardie  tongue.gif  If not i was just checking haha

Cheers

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Posted 01 March 2008 - 08:58 AM

Message received from Allan Bradley 28/02/08:

Good Evening Gail,

I am more than happy to allow the Uni student to use any part of my report in their assignment. I wish them the best of luck.

Cheers,

Allan Bradley




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