Port Moresby, 2015
Port Moresby is the capital and largest city . The city of New Guinea is involved with lots of activities mostly games. Among them is the kokoda trail. It was recently beaten by a man with no legs. He was walking on his hands! Here is his story of incredible courage and endurance.
Australian Paralympian Kurt Fearnley is no stranger to challenges. Just a week after winning his fourth consecutive New York wheelchair marathon, he tackled and beat his biggest challenge. The notorious Kokoda trail.
To do so, he had to endure the dense jungle, heat, humidity, mud and steep climbs to the top of the mountain range. The descent was just as challenging and was a test for more able-bodied climbers.
His only plans were to get to a bar, then lie on a beach to recuperate. Trail veteran and Kokoda Spirit team leader Wayne Weatherall was high in his praise for Kurt’s tenacity and determination. “I’ve never seen a man suffer so much and continue to keep going,” he said.
The Kokoda Trail in World War 2.
The Kokoda Trail has special significance for Australians. In 1942 and 1943, it was the scene of some of the some of the fiercest and bloodiest land battles of World War 2, as Australian soldiers struggled to hold Japanese soldiers are advancing across the Owen Stanley Ranges towards Port Moresby.
The Japanese had planned to use Port Moresby as a base to launch an assault on Australia but were thwarted by the United States Navy. They defeated the Japanese Navy in 2 major sea battles, the Battle of the Coral Sea and the Battle of Midway. So the Japanese decided to attack Port Moresby from the north, using the Kokoda Trail.
Fierce battles on the Kokoda Trail.
Over 10 000 troops assembled on the north coast and marched south. But when they reached Kokoda, they met fierce resistance from Australian soldiers and although outnumbered 5 to 1, managed to stop the advancing Japanese army on the ridges overlooking Port Moresby. The death toll for both armies was enormous and in addition to the heat, mud and steep terrain, they had the additional problems of malaria and dysentery.
The Kokoda Trail today.
As of late, strolling the track has turned into a magnet for trekkers seeking adventure travel and the challenge of some of the most difficult hiking trails in the world. It is also a pilgrimage for Australians of all ages. Many of these walkers had relatives who fought and died in arguably Australia’s most significant campaign of the Second World War.
It is imperative to have insurance to cover additional settlement or missed flights and getting emptied via air if there should arise an occurrence of wounds. It is conceivable to convey your pack, albeit the vast majority select to pay nearby watchmen to convey their apparatus which makes the climb less strenuous. There are a few cottages in the towns, however, a great many people camp in tents. The strolling times can shift colossally as they are reliant on wellness levels, the measure of weight conveyed, the measure of touring that is done and the track conditions to say a couple.