A Year between Treks with Jack Thomson


A year ago today, I was packing my bags for my first ever trek on the 6ft Track from Katoomba to the Jenolan Caves, with my old mate James, in order to help him, help Nepal. A year on and I am in the same predicament, our trek is tomorrow and once again I am very under prepared. But not as much as last time, so I am pretty proud of myself about that.

Trekking 44kms, over 3 days, up and down undulating terrain, with a 20kg pack was something that would never have crossed my mind, or been included on the list of things that I would ever want to do. I have done it once, and let’s be honest it’s still not. But helping my mate, having a laff, getting away from my phone and seeing Australia is. So I will take the good with the bad, all lets be real here, saying I am doing a walk for charity makes both the lads and lasses weak at the knee. #nicedudesdoshit

Last year, I did this mammoth task in my Nike Free Runs ‘That’s right who needs hiking boots when your going to look “fresh as fuck” in your Nikes?was a statement I used all too often on the walk, when indeed hiking Boots are advised. Coming back to Bathurst not to my house but to the Emergency Room due to a rare condition called Plantar fasciitis 1 makes this more than evident. So, I have got myself some boots, some 80% woolen socks and I am happy as a pig in shit when I think about the blow up pillow I brought for $44.72 after James told me he got his for $2.50 at the reject shop. If all else fails, at least my head will be comfortable.

I asked James for a training schedule, I signed up for the gym 2 months ago, but beers have once again got the better of me and caused my training to be placed on the back burner over the last two weeks. I have done this trek before with no training so this time, with my little amount of training, I am hoping to come home with a six pack, massive quads and a modeling contract.

I am excited we have a few new lads coming on the adventure with us, Wes Goldspink, Sam Rodgers and Jake ‘Panther’ Brown in this, and I quote “Prime Panther Territory” (Brown, 2016).  This year we are also taking wine! A red wine … goon sack, to get the truth bombs rolling let us hope that it is the only things that rolls, cause my modeling contact would surely fall through if I went arse us down the hill due to a red wine hangover.

I am excited, I am nervous and I am asking to flick my mate Tats a few dollars to go towards this amazing cause. https://www.gofundme.com/2jxhuu4 .

I hope I make it back on Sunday. If not, I have decided to live in a cave, eat moss and Bare Grills for the rest of my dayz.

Keep Trekking.

Love Jack x

[1] Plantar fasciitis is a disorder that results in pain in the heel and bottom of the foot. The pain is usually most severe with the first steps of the day or following a period of rest. Pain is also frequently brought on by bending the foot and toes up towards the shin and may be worsened by a tight Achilles tendon.