Black Cat Trail Experience & Leadership
Our Spirit's Black Cat Trail Experience
Our Spirit's adventure across the Black Cat Trail is guided by experienced leaders with comprehensive local knowledge and customs and an unwavering passion for WWII history as well as the hidden battle sites and treasures found on the Black Cat Trail.
Participants as young as 14 years and as old as 81 years have successfully completed the trek with Our Spirit. We strongly believe, pre-trek preparation is the key to our success. For this reason, participants commence their adventure with Our Spirit up to 3 months prior to departure with a comprehensive pre-trek training program including event specific exercise and nutritional advice with Wellbeing Solutions.
Our Spirit's Black Cat Trail Leaders
Aidan Grimes has been crossing the Kokoda Track for over 13 years. His leadership provides the basis of our 100% safety and success record to date. His knowledge of the terrain and his physical ability in this difficult environment are second to none.
His understanding and insights into the history and military campaign relevant to Kokoda are widely recognized. Aidan is always keen to discuss the track, the physical and mental challenges as well as its history. more...
National Park Ranger, Owen Turner is a highly qualifed Kokoda and Black Cat Trek Leader. Owen’s position as Ranger (covering Blue Mountains, Hunter Ranges and Northern NSW Coast regions) over the past 24 years has given him extensive experience in natural area management, wildlife interpretation and naturalist skills. Combined with his active interest and passion for PNG and Kokoda military campaigns (particularly in the Wewak area where his father fought with the 2/3rd Bn), Owen is a crucial member of the Our Spirit team and a popular leader. A keen adventurer (favouring remote mountainous bushwalks, caving, climbing and wild river kayaking) and sportsman, Owen also holds current “Wilderness First Aid” certification and is well versed in remote emergency and safety procedures but maintains our 100% safety record.