Kokoda Trail Quotes

"The Kokoda Track is more than a hike, it's an adventure, a challenge, a right of passage, a pilgrimage, a life changing experience, .....

Whatever Kokoda means to you;

if you are planning to do it, make sure that you do some planning for it."

Paul Konings

“It is vital for trekkers to be well prepared for the [Kokoda Trek] and to understand their own limitations.“

AMA spokesman

“At the bare minimum we need significant education about this, so the people who are going are properly advised of what the risks are.“ -

AMA president

“Training on flat Melbourne or Sydney ground with a 30kg bag is nothing compared to Kokoda's conditions. ” -

Brad Bailey, (runs medical evacuation service Medevac Pacific Services out of Port Moresby)

“It's very important, more needs to be done to ensure that the risks are reduced, [Kokoda] is rigorous, it's gruelling, the conditions are challenging in the extreme and one must be very well prepared. Trekkers [need to be] made fully aware of the risks associated with Kokoda. “ -

Guy Barnett, Tasmanian Liberal senator (trekked Kokoda 2008)

“I have walked to Machu Pichu & up to 5000m in the High Andes. Kokoda was more challenging. I would certainly recommend the track, but would advise training to an appropriate level. “ -

Gary Geelhoed, WA president AMA. (trekked Kokoda 2009)

“....the first two days, in which hikers must acclimatise to the extreme tropical heat, risk dehydration and endure extreme stress on their bodies – are commonly referred to as the "death zone". ” -

Charlie Lynn (Adventure Kokoda)

"I trained for eight months. I did a lot of jogging/walking, and I was on the step machine 45 minutes a day, every day. Charlie left me in no doubt: it would be tough, and if I wasn't prepared to do the work I shouldn't go. " -

Kerry Chikarovski, former NSW state Liberal leader

“Adventure Kokoda suggests scaling 10 flights of stairs, with a pack, for half an hour a day.“ -

Warren Bartlett, Adventure Kokoda

The PNG Government says at least three months' training is needed.

When it rains, as it so often does, bucketing down in blinding torrents, rivers swell and the jungle floor turns from a blurry mess of leaves and ankle twisting roots to a treacherous rush of water and cloying, knee deep mud. Except that it's not so much a jungle floor as a wall. For much of the climb, the track is so steep, it's almost vertical. Put a hand in front of your face and you touch the path. And so it goes, up and up and worse, down and down, with a few flatlands in between, for 96 arduous kilometres. -

Fenella Souter, Journalist