Farmer, 82, becomes one of the oldest people to walk the Kokoda Track

TOUGH ASK: Hedley Taylor says he found walking the Kokoda Track a testing challenge but ultimately extremely satisfying. Photo: PHIL BLATCH0618pbtrack4
TOUGH ASK: Hedley Taylor says he found walking the Kokoda Track a testing challenge but ultimately extremely satisfying. Photo: PHIL BLATCH0618pbtrack4

At 82 Springside beef farmer Hedley Taylor has achieved something that would test people half his age.

I might be the second oldest to do it.

Hedley Taylor

Mr Taylor has just completed walking the Kokoda Track – a 90km trek through the mountainous jungles of Papua New Guinea.

He said it had been a testing challenge but ultimately it was extremely satisfying.

“It was a little more strenuous and difficult than I expected,” he said.

“Mainly it was climbing up the hills.

“We were climbing for one hour up a hill and I was exhausted. I was very pleased to get to the top.”

He said the trek took 10 days and they were aided by a crew of porters who carried their gear and erected their tents each night.

Mr Taylor said there were emotional aspects included a dawn service and laying wreaths at spots where soldiers had died on the track in the Second World War.

He said he was the oldest person on the trek but has since discovered that an 83-year-old had done it several years ago.

“I might be the second oldest,” he said.

“I would encourage anyone to do it who has the physical capacity. I feel I got a lot out of it.”

Mr Taylor said he did the trek because he had an interest in war history and a mate who had previously completed the walk recommended it to him.