“You have not lived today until
you have done something for someone
who can never repay you.”
Larapinta hike is complete. Yay!!!
It was hard; it was dirty; it was sweaty, but it was also very rewarding for my personal physical and emotional journey as well as a photographic experience like no other.
After 21 days and 223 km of muscle pain, back pain (backpack approx. 20kg), dirt (no washing water luxury), sweat, surprisingly steep mountains, deep gorges, no phone connection, flies that wanted to eat me alive, beautiful sunsets and sunrises, the most picturesque mountain ranges, lashes of flora in all gorges, beautiful songs from the birds that woke me up each morning, Larapinta was completed on the top of Mount Sounder.
Walking 223 km Larapinta trail to support Victorian Parks
Apart from my deep passion for financial planning, I am also a very dedicated and passionate hiker and photographer, and the Victorian Alps are my favourite destination.
I adore waking up to a foggy mist moving across the plains or slowly disappearing between the mountains as first rays of the sun burn their way to warm up the land and dry up the grass.
But that beautiful Alpine land is under threat from increasing pressure from invasive pest plants and animals. Pest animals such as deer, pigs, rabbits and goats do enormous damage to the state’s natural areas: they create wallows in wetlands, damage waterways, chomp threatened plants and trample valuable habitat.
Victoria’s national parks have been created to protect our natural heritage, and yet parks are severely underfunded – meaning pest management is inadequate, there are not enough staff to look after parks and visitor facilities are not being maintained properly.
I believe it is our responsibility to ensure that our children and grandchildren will also be able to admire the beauty and uniqueness of our parks.
Being a hiker, I wanted to establish a fundraiser for Victorian National Parks Association who is working hard to give parks the resources they need. This is my small way of hopefully contributing on a bigger scale that I could never do as a single person.
For this reason I am hiking a very long 223km Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory. The walk starts on 22 May 2016 and will be completed on 12 June 2016. That is three weeks of sweat, dirt, dry food, no music, no TV, 15 to 20 km a day walk with 20…ish kg backpack. Hopefully I will not encounter any snakes or scorpions.
Please support me on my hard and hot Larapinta walk by donating funds to support Victorian National Parks Association, so they can continue their phenomenal work to rescue our national parks.
Your donation above $2.00 is tax deductible. Upon contribution, you will receive the necessary tax invoice.
Please donate here:
When hiking, I will be posting updates on my ASIRE Financial Planning Facebook page:
Please “Like” my Facebook page and share it generously with family and friends, so together we can really make a difference.
My target is $5,000, so I would really appreciate your help and support.
Let’s keep our Victorian Parks healthy, strong and beautiful.
Thanking you in advance for your generous support,
With warmest regards,