He’s home

After rafting, cycling and hiking for three weeks and summiting Mount Kosciuszko, the boy returned yesterday with his group of fellow hikers. They looked a motley bunch getting off the bus with all their belongings in garbage bags. Clearly glad to be home but richer for the experience it was hard to tell who was happier, the parents or the child.

Despite the layers of dirt carefully collected over 3 weeks, it was clear there was a sense of pride on their faces.

After a good long shower and a hot meal, he retrieved a worn looking diary from his zip lock bag. Together with photos he had taken, he took us on his journey. And what a journey it was!

From overcoming blisters, cramps and hypothermia (he was so cold once, he blacked out and couldn’t remember much that afternoon) to rollicking tales of mishap, adversity and your plain variety toilet jokes. We listened wide eyed to his tales. Tales of the kind that we know will live with him for a lifetime. Most experiences like these do. It was unmistakable that this was one of them.

At the end of it, there were hugs all round. We were so glad he was home.

(Here are some of the photos he took)

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Hiking through Victorian countryside

 

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Rafting along the Mitta Mitta River which is a favourite among white water rafting enthusiasts. Mitta means Thunder! They spent a few days on the river.

 

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Encountering historic huts in the Alpine ranges some of which are more than a 100 years old.

 

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Stools which some of the boys brought. Apparently there was a lot of sitting around at the end of each day or at stops.

 

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What happens when someone forgets to peg the their tent to the ground on a windy day. He took this shot just seconds before the boys started running after it!

 

 

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Getting ever higher as the hike continues

 

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And higher with the treeline falling away.

 

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Setting up camp just along the treeline. Almost there . . .

 

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No more trees left. Just a rocky outcrop.

 

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On top of Australia. Well done to all of them.

 

 

 

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