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Oceania » Papua New Guinea » Eastern Highlands April 27th 2015

OUR TRIP ITINERARY April 2015 Tues 14th April - PER - BRIS Wed 15th April BRIS - POM (Port Moresby) Thu 16th April - Final prep & visit War Cemetary Frid 17th April - DAY 1 TREK - Owens Corner to Dump 66 ( 2.5km) Sat 18th April - DAY 2 TREK - Dump 66 - Ofi crk village (11km) Sun 19th April - DAY 3 TREK - Ofi crk - Agulogovillage (11km) Mon 20th April - DAY 4 TREK - Agulogo to Brigade Hill (10km) Tues 21st April - DAY 5 TREK - Brigade Hill to Naduri (13km) Wed 22nd April - DAY 6 TREK - Naduri to Templeton 2 ( 4km) Thur 23rd April - DAY 7 TREK - Templeton 2 to Alola (11km) Frid 24th April - DAY 8 TREK - Alola to ... read more

Oceania » Papua New Guinea » Eastern Highlands April 26th 2015

COMMUNICATIONS It seems that everyone relies heavily on high tech gadgets to stay in touch with the world. The remote region of the Kokoda means that you are a long way from help if something goes pear shaped, additionally for our trek we had to be self reliant and have our means of communication since we didn't have a support team. We had two main means of communication. 1. Telephone network. Digicel is the local telecommunications provider f... read more
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Oceania » Papua New Guinea » Eastern Highlands April 25th 2015

Day 9 Apr 25 ANZAC DAY The dawn service started at 0545. Everyone wanted to get there early so they started milling around the memorial at 0500. Crazy. Kris and I spent the time packing up all the gear we could. I put a coffee on and added a generous serve of rum. I have been carrying that small bottle with me from the start, I bought it duty free at Brisbane just for the occasion of the dawn service. Gun fire breakfast is an Anzac tradition, it is done on Anzac day at dawn. The original Anzacs did exactly that knowing that they could die as they step foot on the beach so a little rum gives them a bit of dutch courage and helps to settle the nerves. I put on my old beret ... read more
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Oceania » Papua New Guinea April 24th 2015

DAY 7 (Apr 23) On the track again and I'm finally feeling like I have some petrol in the tank. I have been eating for a couple of days and my energy is there and fueled by some snacks along the way. From here on it should get easier. The morning starts with uphill climbing again, over a ridge then downhill for a couple of hours. We reached the village of Eora Creek where there is 2 separated camps on opposite sides of the creek. We cross a very elaborate suspension bridge built entirely of bush wood and jungle vines. It looked new, it was only built 2 weeks before we arrived by a crew that came in from Kokoda just to build the bridge. Great job boys! very impressive. We stopped here for lunch here. ... read more
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Oceania » Papua New Guinea April 22nd 2015

DAY 5 (Apr 21) We were off very early on the track to beat the mad rush and avoid being trampled by the Boston marathon runners. The big tour that was camped at top of Brigade Hill were keen to get started but we wanted to get the jump on them to get going. We headed downhill toward Efogi village passing Mission Ridge on the way. Efogi Village was quiet a large village compared to some of the others we had visited. It was a great chance to sit on the green grass and eat bananas and drink a Coke in front of the local market stall as we watched trekkers come and go and we took happy snaps with the local kids who were amused that we were on our own. We kicked off the ... read more
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Oceania » Papua New Guinea » Eastern Highlands April 20th 2015

Day 3 ( April 19 ) Breakfast was interesting, I was starved without food for 2 days so I decided to use a couple of the eggs that we bought, I got out the mini fry pan and prepared myself for a treat. I tried to crack the eggs but discovered that they were hard boiled. I didn't expect that as I thought I got fresh eggs but that is what happens when you assume. As we had no need for the fry pan anymore I quickly palmed it off and gave to one of the local guys at the camp. He thought it was Christmas. Anyway the hard boiled eggs still did the job. One egg was my total fuel intake since stepping off, I managed to hold it down so it was a start. ... read more
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Oceania » Papua New Guinea » Eastern Highlands April 17th 2015

My heart was pounding like a sledge hammer inside my chest, and my pulse rate was over 100. My quad muscles in my legs were burning and I was saturated with sweat as I struggled up a ridiculously steep muddy incline. Traction in the slippery conditions made progress difficult. It seemed like this hill had no peak, just never ending false crests. I wanted to sit and get a brief rest to allow my pulse to recover but there was nowhere to stop and nothing but mud to sit in. I thought at that point I would never make this trip to the end. That is how i felt on the first big hill we tackled on the trek. When I checked our progress on the map I discovered that the first hill was just a ... read more
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Oceania » Papua New Guinea April 16th 2015

WHAT? Big Al Fbro and Kbro (Kris) both take on a giant challenge in April 2015. The aim is to be at the ANZAC day dawn service at the WW2 battle ground of Isurava near Kokoda. The challenge is that we have to walk of 90 km through the most difficult terrain on the planet to get there. WHEN? The end of the trek will coincide with the Anzac Day events. the trek will commence on Friday 17th April 2015 and finish on 26 April.... read more
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Oceania » Papua New Guinea March 12th 2015

Our small missionary plane is landing. We can see a small village immersed in the greenery. It is Yaniruma. There is a real welter on the runway: people are going from all over the village and just in a couple of minutes all the native population is already here. We are quite a novelty for the natives, just like they are for us. Some of them are examining our group with a wary curiosity, the others are turning away when see the lens of my camera. But they don’t show any open aggression. Our guide gives competent instructions and soon all our luggage, which is just a little less than 500 kilos, has been loaded on some backs or heads. The long caravan, resembling of an ant column, moves steadily to Simon’s house at the far ... read more
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Oceania » Papua New Guinea March 5th 2015

We leave the friendly village and get into the car. It's time to go back, because we have planned to buy fruit at the local market. Along the way we constantly come across with sad and concerned people who are in a hurry somewhere, carrying bags of rice, small pigs, vegetables and fruits. I am asking the guide where they are going. "To the funeral", he answers and asks me for the permission to drop in there for a while. And so we are going there together, but it seems to me, we will be there out of place. The yard is crowded with people. Men and women are sitting separately. We can hear only the hum of voices. Actually, this is the right tradition - to get together and mourn a common and certainly a ... read more
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