The Kokoda Track is one of the best, and toughest, hikes in the world.
… a single-file foot thoroughfare that runs 96 kilometres (60 mi) overland — 60 kilometres (37 mi) in a straight line — through the Owen Stanley Range in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The track is the most famous in PNG and is renowned as the location of the World War II battle between Japanese and Australian forces in 1942. ..
On Wednesday, a 26-year-old New South Wales man became the second Australian to die on the track in less than a week.
He died at Ioribaiwa village while trekking with Executive Excellence.
The company says it is working with authorities to have his body returned home as soon as possible. …
Last week 36-year-old Samantha Killen, from Hamilton in south-west Victoria, died on the trek.
The mother of two was trekking with her father when she collapsed and died on Friday afternoon.
Her father told police his daughter had developed sore legs and appeared to be dehydrated and disorientated in the lead-up to her death.
Just a coincidence?
Earlier, a Kokoda Track tour operator said it was inevitable more deaths would occur unless operators he has described as “cowboys” were banned.
The chairman of the Kokoda Ethics Committee, Aidan Grimes, said some companies skimp on safety by taking up to 150 people trekking and by failing to check their fitness levels. …