Walk a jour­ney be­yond wilder­ness quest

Albany Extra - - News - Saskia Adysti

Bib­bul­mun track doc­u­men­tary maker Michelle Ryan said her de­ci­sion to film her 54-day jour­ney on WA’s long­est walk­ing trail came out on a whim.

Grow­ing up in Kala­munda, Ms Ryan is no stranger to the West Aus­tralian bush.

Though she has no for­mal train­ing in film and videog­ra­phy, she de­cided to film her jour­ney on a whim, us­ing the drone cam­era that her hus­band bought her.

Ms Ryan said her doc­u­men­tary show­cased the raw beauty of West­ern Aus­tralia’s nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and the spir­its of the peo­ple that she en­coun­tered on the track.

“The doc­u­men­tary didn’t end up be­ing about my jour­ney, it be­comes a story about other peo­ple’s jour­ney on the track,” she said.

“I saw peo­ple walk­ing the trail, rang­ing from 19 to 70 years of age.”

Dur­ing her trip, Ms Ryan en­coun­tered peo­ple from many walks of life, but all ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the same jour­ney as they walked the fa­mous track.

She said her most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence was when she en­coun­tered a 60-year-old woman, who was re­cov­er­ing from can­cer and who had de­cided to walk the trail.

“I looked at her and I thought to my­self, I can do any­thing.”

Ms Ryan said she had re­turned from the trip feel­ing in­spired and re­ju­ve­nated.

“It re­ally brings you back to re­al­ity and to the ba­sics of life,” she said. “You start to look at life dif­fer­ently.”

Her doc­u­men­tary has now been shown across WA, in­clud­ing at the Al­bany Li­brary.

Part of the pro­ceeds of the ticket sales and DVDs will be do­nated to the Bib­bul­mun Track foun­da­tion to re­build the He­lena camp sites that were re­cently de­stroyed by fire.

The Bib­bul­mun Track is one of the world’s great long-dis­tance walk trails, stretch­ing 1000km from Kala­munda in the Perth Hills, to Al­bany on the south coast, wind­ing through the heart of the scenic South West.

The Bib­bul­mun Track is one of the world’s great long-dis­tance walk trails.

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