Have you been sick before a big hiking trip?

Hiking

Tweet Georgie Bull, one of our contributers,  has been sharing her “Get Fit” program in preparation for Hiking the Overland Track in Tasmania in September. This last couple of weeks she has been struck down with “the flu” but is finally on the mend.  In this piece she muses over how her fitness campaign is […]

Interval training – the next step up in hiking fitness

How to get fit for hiking - interval training

Tweet How is your exercise routine coming along? In this article Georgie Bull continues her getting fit for a multi-day hike series. If you are new here, we suggest  you read the three previous articles which will give you some background about how we got to this point. – Getting fit for a multi day walking […]

A hiking fitness program – 16 weeks to get fit for a trip

Heart rate monitor - fitness for hiking, backpacking or bushwalking

Tweet It is really interesting reading your comments about how you get, or stay, fit for multi day walks. When I got home from my first Overland Track (OT) trip I read lots of sports medicine research journals, to find out what I SHOULD have done to get myself fit for Marion’s steps.  (Marion’s is the […]

Getting fit for a multi day walking trip – some personal experience

Marions lookout Cradle Mountain

Tweet I am not naturally fit. I am a 60 yo female, weigh about 75kgs and lug 18kg in my backpack. I am short and naturally stocky. I go to the gym twice a week with a personal trainer, where I do weight-bearing exercises and a light cardio regime, designed specifically to strengthen my muscles […]

Nordic walking – fitness for hiking? You bet!

Nordic walking

Tweet When you were out shopping for walking poles, did you notice some long and lanky, light, one piece poles that wouldn’t look out of place on a cross country skier . These poles are especially designed for the latest fitness craze – Nordic walking Ski field operators in the northern hemisphere agonised over how […]

Kokoda Track – Preparation, history and weight loss

UECOMM

One of the iconic walks on many Australian bucket lists is the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea. Running for 96 km (60 mi) overland (60 km (37 mi) in a straight line) through the Owen Stanley Range in Papua New Guinea, the track is renowned as the location of the World War II battle between Japanese and Australian forces in 1942.

Frank’s uncle, Bob Melville, was up and down the track a couple of times before he was 19 years old. It has a strong place in the Australian psyche as a small force of undertrained and equipped troops fought the most desperate and viscious battle encountered by Australian troops in the Second World War.
This article is about a group of people Frank has worked with at Uecomm, a large Australian broadband supplier and their shared common goal to hike the Kokoda Track. Some of them did it for the challenge, some for the fitness regime and some out of respect of our Aussie Soldiers.

In this article we share Part One of their journey, the preparation and fitness campaign!