Trek conquered with courage
“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.
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.