Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Tales From the Kokoda Track

As mentioned in a previous post at Between Keyboard and Chair I became interested in the Kokoda Track in Papau New Guinea when I learned that an on-line Australian friend, Ange Recchia, planned to make a trek along this dangerous 96Km trail. Well, Ange has finally returned to Australia and documented her experience. It makes a fascinating read and I'd strongly suggest that you drop by her site and follow Ange as she hikes through the Owen Stanley Range along the Kokoda Track.
  1. My Excellent Kokoda Adventure Part 1
    Ange arrives in Port Moresby, PGN. Flies to Kokoda Village. Hikes with her group to the first camp site at Deniki.

  2. My Excellent Kokoda Adventure Part 2
    Days 2 and 3 follow the climb to Templeton's Crossing & Eora Creek. Ange introduces her guide, Armstrong.

  3. My Excellent Kokoda Adventure Part 3
    Days 4 and 5 describe the terrain, the mud and the sleeping quaters.

  4. My Excellent Kokoda Adventure Part 4
    Day 6 The disaster that ended Ange's trek.
And for those who are interested here are some of the original sketch maps that were used by the Australian troops on the Kokoda Track in 1942.

And that's it for now from Between Keyboard and Chair.


angesbiz said...

Hi Don

It's amazing! The maps you have referenced, I haven't seen before. The names of the villages have changed spelling over the years.

I appreciate the linkage and Although my trek ended how it did, it really was an adventure of a lifetime and I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to experience this trek.

I know that having completed the trek would have been the ultimate tale and that's the one I would rather have told, but it wasn't to be for me. Whatever the reason, and I believe everything happens for a reason, I am home safe and sound and now in rehabilitation getting full use of my arm, wrist and hand back.

And don't worry... this is not the end of my adventurous streak! There will be more treks to come!



Whizzed said...

These articles on the Kokoda track are very interesting indeed and well researched mate