ANZAC Kokoda Track - 2015

"I feel very proud to walk in the footsteps of our forefathers and humbled to do it under the leadership of someone as passionate as you"

"Aidan,

Having spent the last 9 days with you and this amazing group of people, I feel very proud to walk in the footsteps of our forefathers and humbled to do it under the leadership of someone as passionate as you. Well done mate. Thanks for the memories!

Cheers,

Dan Palmer"

ANZAC Kokoda Trek - 2015

"Not only have I forged many friends and long standing friendships, I have also grown from my experience"

"Dearest Aidan,

I would love to personally thank you for making my journey so enjoyable. Not only have I forged many friends and long standing friendships, I have also grown from my experience.

Your knowledge and understanding of those in PNG both past and present is outstanding. I could listen to you talk all day about it.

Take care, be safe and travel well my friend.

Until we meet again

Donna Stewart

PS. put your hands up in the air."

ANZAC Kokoda Trek - 2015

"Thank you for your humour, leadership, encouragement... I hope to bring my son back - it would be life changing for him"

"Dear Aidan,

What an experience. The track has made such a difference to me. It has been a wonderful journey for myself and equally for Baz.

Your passion and knowledge of Kokoda made the difference! 

Thank you for your humour, leadership, encouragement and imitation of my down hill walk!!

I hope to bring my son back - it would be life changing for him

Mandy Hobbs"

ANZAC Kokoda Trek - 2015

"Thank you so much for all the hard work, planning and scheming that went into making our Kokoda 2015 experience so unique"

"Dearest Aidan,

I certainly see why my father spoke so highly of you - what an amazing experience you have put together. Thank you so much for all the hard work, planning and scheming that went into making our Kokoda 2015 experience so unique. Stan would be so unbelievably proud of the way you retell not only his story but the stories of the countless men who served during the Kokoda campaign.

Your passion is contagiuos and inspirational and you have made a difference to the lives of so many people.

Thank you so much, you crazy Irishman.

Ange "the doc" Fraser"

ANZAC Kokoda Trek - 2015

"YOU, Aidan Grimes are a man that so reinforces that anything is possible through strength of mind and positive reinforcement"

"Dear Aidan,

I'm a believer of fate and also a believer that we make things happen - to enrich our lives and expand our knowledge. I strive to achieve to be the best I can and create adventures that excite a make life worth living - YOU, Aidan Grimes are a man that so reinforces that anything is possible through strength of mind and positive reinforcement. This fantastic trek on the Kokoda Track is one example of the journey of life that you alone have made very memorable and moving to me and Mandy (physio) for the rest of our lives.

I thank you so much for this journey as I sit now in the Bomana Cemetry totally in awe of the last 14 days.

Thank you again Aidan and I pray our paths cross in the near future in a similar vain.

Cheers mate

Barry (Baza) Hobbs

"You rock fella""

Kokoda Track - April 2015

"I have never experienced anything close to that adventure in my life. Your knowledge and passion for the history of Kokoda made me want more and kept me going"

"Dear Aidan,

I'm finding it hard to find the right words to express how amazing the last 10 days have been for me and how grateful I am to you for your encouragement and inspiration. I have never experienced anything close to that adventure in my life. Your knowledge and passion for the history of Kokoda made me want more and kept me going. So THANK YOU!!

April"

ANZAC Kokoda Trek - 2015

"Your passion for our history and being able to bring it alive has made our Kokoda experience so memorable. The Diggers of the Kokoda campaign would be so proud of the way you pass on their stories"

"Dear Aidan,

Thank you for this amazing journey!

Your passion for our history and being able to bring it alive has made our Kokoda experience so memorable. The Diggers of the Kokoda campaign would be so proud of the way you pass on their stories.

It was an emotional journey for me and I know Glen was with me every step of the way. I hope to return sometime soon to walk the track again with Joseph and Ruby.

Thank you again for this incredible experience.

Lisa Huitson"

ANZAC Kokoda Trek - 2015

"Thank you for honouring those who died and paid the ultimate sacrifice for "All Australians". You have a wonderful gift in your exemplary leadership"

"Dear Aidan,

Thank you for honouring those who died and paid the ultimate sacrifice for "All Australians". You have a wonderful gift in your exemplary leadership. Thank you for sharing your passion of Australian history with me and showing us and sharing with us the 'Kokoda Spirit'. May you continue to encourage others to be all that they can be. May you continue to motivate and harvest the inner strength that you bring out in others. Good luck with all your future endeavours and may you continue to be a blessing to others. You really a wonderful gifted and humble man. 

Best wishes,

Cheryl (Doris) DAY

PS Let me know when your knees pack it in and you need assistant trekkers. :-) "

ANZAC Kokoda Trek - 2015

"You have enabled me to connect with my family history in a way that I would never have envisaged... Your preparation tips were invaluable and prepared me well"

"Dear Aidan,

Thank you for providing one of the most memoriable experiences of my life. You have enabled me to connect with my family history in a way that I would never have envisaged (as you recall my uncle was killed by a sniper on Black Cat). I have now gained a minute appreciation of what he possibly endured that words that were unsaid in his letter to my mother. Your preparation tips were invaluable and prepared me well. I smelt the roses and spent a lot of time self reflecting. As I said, your rendition of 'Danny Boy' was amazing and really struck a chord. I was so humbled to then be awarded the Stan Bisset medal for a day- it was like fate. It meant more than I can say. Perhaps we will meet again on the Black Cat Track.

Thank you so much.

Kerrie Ann"

ANZAC Kokoda Trek - 2015

"I very much appreciate how well organised and purposeful all your efforts are. I believe the whole group are the better for choosing the track under your leadership.

"Dear Aidan,

Thank you for an awesome experience. I very much appreciate how well organised and purposeful all your efforts are. I believe the whole group are the better for choosing the track under your leadership. Thank you so much for your patience and good humour. From oldest to youngest, you are a great example and wonderful leader. Good luck and God bless on all your future efforts.

Warmest regards,

Garry McPhee"

ANZAC Kokoda Trek - 2015

"It was great, due to you pushing for preparation in terms of fitness. As most of us were track fit it allowed us to focus on working as a group and enjoying the experience..."

"Hey Aidan,

Thanks for taking us across the Kokoda Track. It was great, due to you pushing for preparation in terms of fitness. As most of us were track fit it allowed us to focus on working as a group and enjoying the experience as much as possible with minimal injuries. The history presentations along the way were most informative.

Regards,

Damien Mitchell"

ANZAC Kokoda Trek - 2015

"From day one you displayed inspirational leadership. Your energy and passion for our history is contagious and your support and building of mateship and endurance authentic"

"Aidan,

From day one you displayed inspirational leadership. Your energy and passion for our history is contagious and your support and building of mateship and endurance authentic. Simply put, Stan Bisset left you with a legacy which drives you on. I'm sure as he looks down on you he would simply smile knowing that you work tirelessly to uphold our Digger's history on Kokoda.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the opportunity of experiencing and learning about our military past. All the very best and please stay in touch.

Max"

ANZAC Kokoda Trek - 2015

"This year, I walked a lot of it on my own but this is how my personal journey leads me. I love the peace and serenity to give me a break from my other life challenges"

"Dear Aidan,

Once again I came to find peace on 'that' track. This year, I walked a lot of it on my own but this is how my personal journey leads me. I love the peace and serenity to give me a break from my other life challenges. Thank you for giving me this opportunity. And this definitely has been the best group I have ever walked with.

Cheers, 

Pauline aka Cranks"

ANZAC Kokoda Trek - 2015

"Life is a journey and a smorgasbord of experiences. What doesn't kill us makes us stronger... I hope to share some other journeys in the future"

"Aidan,

Life is a journey and a smorgasbord of experiences.

What doesn't kill us makes us stronger. Thank you, I'm not ready yet.

My Pop - Malcolm Huntley Hutton AIF and my Uncle Peter Hutton AIF are pleased I took the time to share the Kokoda Track.

If you get a chance to read the 'Desiderata' you'll understand my philosophy of life.

I hope to share some other journeys in the future.

Carpe Diem, my friend.

Mick Hutton"

ANZAC Kokoda Trek - 2015

"...all along the journey, your passion and enthusiasm and your dedication to passing on this incredible history has ensured that those who made the ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten"

"Aidan,

We all came to the track with our individual motivations for wanting to complete it. And all along the journey, your passion and enthusiasm and your dedication to passing on this incredible history has ensured that those who made the ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten. 

Thank you so very much for making this experience possible for so many people.

All the best,

Michelle Blakeman"

ANZAC Kokoda Trek - 2015

"Loved it. Thank you very much - Give me a challenge!"

"There are Deer and Pigs out there!!!

Loved it. Thank you very much - Give me a challenge!

Cheers Mate ...

Tamworth Dave"

Kokoda Trek - 2015

"This has been a fantastic and emotional experience for Dad and I to learn about his father and my Grandfather and that is thanks to you for being so passionate and giving us an insight that I believe no one else could"

"Aidan,

Liz and Neildy told me you were amazing, but you far exceeded my expectations. Thank you so much for an amazing journey and being an incredible leader. Your presence, leadership and knowledge of the Kokoda campaign is above and beyond.

This has been a fantastic and emotional experience for Dad and I to learn about his father and my Grandfather and that is thanks to you for being so passionate and giving us an insight that I believe no one else could. [personal reference withheld] Dad thinks the world of you and so do I! I hope our paths continue to meet, you are very special and I love being in your company.

Thanks for the memories

Roxy"

ANZAC Kokoda Trek - 2015

"Two weeks of fun, torture, education, reflection and a broadening of our horizons. I could not have asked for a better guide for this journey of a lifetime.

"Hi Aidan,

Two weeks of fun, torture, education, reflection and a broadening of our horizons. I could not have asked for a better guide for this journey of a lifetime.

Your attention to detail and sensitivity to the subject matter is unsurpassed.

Thank you for a great and unforgettable couple of weeks.

Oliver Behrens"

ANZAC Kokoda Trek - 2015

"Its obvious how much time and effort you and your team put into planning the trip. Your knowledge on Kokoda is second to none. I had some doubts if I could finish the trek, but you were very encouraging and I did it!!

"Dear Aidan,

Thanks for a great trip. Its obvious how much time and effort you and your team put into planning the trip. Your knowledge on Kokoda is second to none.

I had some doubts if I could finish the trek, but you were very encouraging and I did it!!

Thanks for everything

Cath"

ANZAC Kokoda Trek - 2015

"In reading the previous pages, the group have already expressed my feelings - in far more eloquent words than I ever could. Thank you for your sacrifices"

"Dear Aidan,

Well I guess this is goodbye!! Try not to celebrate that fact too much :) In reading the previous pages, the group have already expressed my feelings - in far more eloquent words than I ever could. Thank you for your sacrifices and for those of your family in lending you to us and to PNG. We will remember you. I came back a second time to find courage. I'm not sure I have or if I have lost the last of it, but I do know that the spirits on those mountains are breathtaking.

Take care of yourself you crazy, crazy man!!

Annette

(Oh, and I also know to salute with my.... right hand??)"

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