Aidan Grimes

Aidan has led more groups across the Kokoda Track or the Black Cat Track for Our Spirit than any other individual or organisation. His leadership provides the basis of our unrivalled safety and success record to date. His knowledge of the terrain and his physical ability in this difficult environment are second to none. 

Aidan’s understanding and insights into the history and military campaign relevant to Australia are widely recognised. In fact, he was presented with the "National RSL ANZAC of the Year Award 2012" in recognition of his “exceptional service to the Australian Community demonstrating compassion, endurance and dedication” as cited on the medal. Additionally, he is an honorary member of the 2/14th and 2/16th Battalions, an acknowledgement that demonstrates his deepest respect for the Australian Military whom provide us with the freedom we enjoy as a nation today. On the Kokoda Track, the elders refer to him as Uda Baroma (Wild Pig) or Uda Lauma (The Spirit). The local elders have a huge amount of respect for Aidan as evidenced when one of the elders at Vesulogo Village named his son after Aidan.

In November 2015, Aidan led his 100th Kokoda trek in the 100th year of the ANZAC’s finishing in Port Moresby for Remembrance Day.  This is a phenomenal achievement and one which will never be repeated. 

Aidan continues to hold the track record as the most successful Kokoda trek leader with more than 120 crossings to his name. On ANZAC day 2019 Aidan was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Governor General of PNG in recognition of his service to PNG. For more information, check out Aidan's BIO

Owen Turner

Owen Turner - Kokoda Trek Leader

National Park Ranger, Owen Turner is a highly qualified Kokoda and Black Cat Trek Leader and has led more than 28 treks with Our Spirit. 

Owen’s position as Ranger (covering Blue Mountains, Hunter Ranges and Northern NSW Coast regions) over the past 29 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.  

He is a keen adventurer, favouring remote mountainous bushwalks, caving, climbing and wild river kayaking and in recent years cycling. Owen also holds current “Wilderness First Aid” certification and is well versed in remote emergency and safety procedures but maintains our exemplary safety record. 

Upcoming Events

2020 Kokoda ANZAC Trek (12 Day Trip)2020 Kokoda ANZAC Trek (12 Day Trip)15 Apr 2020 - 26 Apr 2020We invite you on this 12 day life changing experience in PNG. Experience the highs and lows of the treacherous Kokoda Track with a sense of courage, endurance and mateship without the ultimate sacrifice that our digger's made before us. At the end of the trek, stand proud with us on ANZAC Day at the Bomana Cemetery to pay tribute and remember those famous Diggers who fought to save Australia from invasion in 1942.More... Book Now... Add to Calendar

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