Maria Bach, Founder of the White Bear Foundation, is currently hiking the Bibbulmun Track which is 1,005km. This will take approximately 6 1/2 weeks and carrying up to 21kg. Maria has undertaken this challenge to create awareness for the foundation. The money raised goes towards making a difference in our children’s lives. For as little as a $30 donation you can sponsor a child to attend our workshops where they will learn how to become more resilient. It is Maria’s intention to walk the 1,005km, and asking where possible to please sponsor the walk or spread the word to make a difference in a child’s life. You can also keep up to date with Maria’s updates below.
DAY 1: Departure from Albany
UPDATE: DAY 1-4
End of day 4 and tonight we are at Nullaki camp site. So far we have travelled 70.5km. We have had the sun rain and wind. Started out quite hot from Albany although it has now turned cooler which is more pleasant for hiking. For the first three days we saw 8 tiger and dugite snakes which are to be kept away from. The breath taking views just keep coming as well as the difference in fauna and flora. Must admit the first few days have taken a while to get use to carrying a heavy pack, although I am starting to get more use to it. Yesterday we did 6km on the beach and crossed an inlet and was thankful for the training I have done in the sand. The campsites are very welcoming and as there are not many people coming through I have taken the opportunity to put my tent up inside. Last night was an extremely heavy storm and strong wind and I would have been washed out if I had been outside. Enjoying life on the track. Tomorrow night we are in Denmark, hot shower and bed what a luxury.
UPDATE: DAY 5-10
End of day 10 and now completed 210km. For 9 of those days we have walked close to the beach with magnificent views, going up and down sand dunes or for many km’s on the beach. Today has taken us into the forest which has been a lovely change. We have hiked up to 34km a day which has been challenging and experienced storms and strong winds at night or walked through the rain during the day. The magnificent flora and fauna has been fascinating. It has been strenuous although a lot of fun and it seems every corner has another breathing view or something interesting worth taking a picture.
UPDATE: DAY 11-17
Day 17 and 352km covered, 1/3 of the track completed. The hike has been amazing covering breath taking views and different vegetation. I must admit after roughly 200km of beach and sand dunes I am glad to now leave that behind for the forrest with the huge Karri and Jarrah trees. It has been tough especially the over 30km days with a heavy pack although track fitness has improved and other than nursing a blister that is slowly healing I am grateful that there is nothing else health wise to report. The huts where we sleep at night are all in very good condition and now that the weather is getting cooler it is lovely to be able to sit around a fire when we come into camp at the end of the day. Thank you for all of your support which is greatly appreciated. The hardest part of the day is usually the last hour coming into camp which seems to never end. Moral is high and even better after having our first rest day off today in Northcliffe since we started.
UPDATE: THANK YOU ADFA ROWING CLUB!
I am delighted to have ADFA Rowing Club conduct a 24 hour continuous team row to raise funds for the White Bear Foundation and support my efforts on the 1005km Bibbulmun hike. It was also a great opportunity for ADFA to educate the wider Academy on the foundation, and reflect on Peter’s impact on the club and the Academy.At the completion of the 24hours, the cadets rowed 330,788 metres and raised a total of $865.00. Thank you very much ADFA Rowing the money you raised goes towards making a difference in the lives of children.