I’ve always had a great desire to explore places on foot but I never really took the time to actually do it until one day this year I thought to myself “what am I waiting for?”. You’ve probably heard that same voice say that to you at some point in your life too! So, anyway I jumped on the Bibbulmun Track Foundation website and decided to book myself in for the beginners overnight trek.
You see, I have never really trekked before. I did climb Bluff Knoll but that was very impromptu and extremely ill prepared, but that’s a story for another day!
I had every intentions of joining the group trek on my own, until my family said “can we do it as family?” , how could I say no! ….well I supposed I could have but the idea of trekking as a family really appealed to me.
So, I contacted the foundation and they said they have never had a child on the beginners trek before but because of our son’s age and that he had already had some basic hiking and camping experience they allowed us to register as a family. Very kind of them 🙂
It was this particular event that ignited my spark in wanting to do more trekking. We walked approximately 9kms to the camp site with about a 13kgs pack each. Of course our son’s pack was much lighter! …..as novices I’m pretty sure we packed a few unnecessary items.
Even though it was cold and occasionally wet I had the best time. Just being out in nature , away from technology and the “busyness” of life and exploring areas of our back yard that we didn’t even know existed , was just amazing!
Our guides (Colin & Trish) were fantastic and very experienced. The foundation provided us with a planning night the week before to prepare us for our trek. They showed us all the equipment we were hiring and how to pack.
It rained heavily on the Saturday night and it rained on our trek all 9kms back to the carpark. But you know what? I loved every minute of it! I had forgotten to pack my rain jacket and I was drenched, my son said to me “mum you’re getting wet!” but I thought to myself there is absolutely nothing I can do about it so just go with it and enjoy the feeling of the rain. I’m truly glad I did because I discovered that actually enjoy the feel of the rain and how liberating it can be to experience nature this way and how alive you can feel! ….and how being in nature can soothe your soul.
As a result of this trek, I decided to set myself a goal to do the Everest Base Camp trek next year for the 60th Anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary climbing Everest. So stay tuned!