Trek con­quered with courage

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

“AWE­SOME, ab­so­lutely awe­some, fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence”.

That is how Biggen­den’s John Fraser de­scribed his six-day trek in the Tas­ma­nian wilder­ness.

The stem cell trans­plant sur­vivor was part of a group of leukaemia bone mar­row trans­plant sur­vivors who walked 65km from Cra­dle Moun­tain to Lake St Clair.

The aim of the Un­plugged Hike for Life was to cre­ate a mo­ti­va­tional doc­u­men­tary for those re­cently di­ag­nosed or un­der­go­ing treat­ment for blood can­cer.

John said each of trekkers had dif­fer­ent things to con­tend with.

“The first two days Troy Wain­wright who is su­per fit set a crack­ing pace but af­ter that we were able to walk at our own pace,” he said.

The group ex­pe­ri­enced all weathers.

“In be­tween there was rain, wind, snow and hail,” he said.

“Of course it was very muddy and wet.

“The only dry day when we saw blue sky was the day we climbed the high­est peak in Tas­ma­nia, Mt Ossa.”

Climb­ing Mt Ossa was a highlight for John.

“It was fan­tas­tic to be up there,” he said

“I thought my walk­ing days were over. The trek has given me con­fi­dence to get out there and tackle what the fu­ture brings.

“I didn’t think I’d be able to do any­thing.”

Af­ter not hear­ing from the group for a cou­ple of days due to poor in­ter­net con­nec­tion, John’s wife Ta­nia said af­ter what he had been through, see­ing a pic­ture of him stand­ing on Mt Ossa look­ing strong and healthy was un­be­liev­able.

Peo­ple can still do­nate to the trek but John said do­nat­ing blood was an­other way to sup­port the cause.

“If you do it that will be fan­tas­tic,” he said.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

UN­PLUGGED HIKE FOR LIFE: Stem cell trans­plant sur­vivors, Dave Mered­ith and Biggen­den's John Fraser have hiked through the Tas­ma­nian wilder­ness.

John on top of Mt Ossa.

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