4 Day Hike For FIFO Men
March 25, 2019 - March 28, 2019
HIKE-IN HIKE-OUT for FLY-IN FLY-OUT MEN
Hi I’m Didier and I invite Australia’s FIFO men on this 4 day hike on Western Australia’s world famous Bibbulmun Track. FIFO men and their families are under enormous pressure. This small group hike has been designed to challenge and discover something incredible within in themselves. A time to walk and chat, share stories within a group of your peers. A time to reflect on how we fit into work, family and society. A few days in nature brings out the best in someone.
This hike is not a therapy session, its one extremely healthy avenue men can take that supports general wellbeing and managing mental health within the unique lifestyle that FIFO workers have.
My first vision of Didier Walks came to me during my 2016 solo end-to-end of the 1000km Bibbulmun Track. I didn’t fit the long distance hike mould; I was over weight, very unfit and didn’t participate in any outdoor physical activity. But the Bibb called me and I’m so glad I replied with a “yes”.
The four day journey takes place on a 66km section of Western Australia’s world famous long distance Bibbulmun Track.
We will all meet early at the Cockburn Central Train Station, Knock St, Jandakot. Where transport will pick us up and take us to the Three Way Roadhouse/Tavern on the Albany Hwy, North Bannister.
Our hike begins by heading 15km south over the stunning 360 degree views from Boonering Hill onto White Horse Hills Campsite. This day is known for its rock formations.
A 16km hike mostly flat and ending with a climb upto Mt Wells where we will find the former fire lookout & cabin which is now a campsite with the only 4 wall hut on the track.
Day three is 15km, it takes us back down Mt Wells and walks us through some of the most beautiful forest on the track. This ever changing forest scenery and easy going section takes us onto the very tranquil Chadoora Campsite (see main photo).
This is a days hike means so much to me, its 19km into Dwellingup the location where I completed most of my training and my first overnight hike. The final 9km we follow the Hotham Valley Railway into town.
This is a genuine hiking experience with your life on your back. The Bibb has campsites that have three wall open huts (see main photo), tent areas, rain water tanks and drop loo’s. A tent or other suitable shelter is always required encase we are unable to or choose to not stay in the hut.
You will feel times of exhilaration, adrenaline, solitude and exhaustion. Reaching campsites at the end of each day is a genuine feeling of pride and self gratification. While encouraging you to always experience your own personal journey I will share with you my experience and support you every step of the way. I support you in a way you need to be supported.
Your Physical Capabilities
Don’t allow a lack of fitness or confidence stop you. I will be there to help you prepare for the hike both physically and mentally. If you have any concerns I recommend that you speak to your physical or mental health health professional. From my professional experience I am also able to speak to your support network.
HIKING TRANSFORMS LIVES
This is Sol, a FIFO Head Engineer who started with a group day hike and since then has hiked over 125km and completed this 4 day hike with me. His authenticity, willingness to change and watching his transition has been inspiring.
“It has been proven that hiking in wilderness away from civilisation for at least three days has the power to transform the person physically and mentally.”
You will be required to bring…
Backpack – 50 litres +
All your food
Sleeping bag – 0 comfort
Tent or suitable shelter
Comfortable walking boots or shoes
Basic first-aid kit
- A full gear list is available on request
The hike includes…
A guide with extensive hiking and mentoring experience*
Small group of 3 – 5 participants
2 hour one-on-one pre-hike prep session
– inc’ pack shake down
Transport from Cockburn Central to North Bannister and from Dwellingup to Cockburn Central
* 15 years mentoring experience within the mental health, recreation, training and recruitment sectors.
Your Lead Guide
I bring 15 years of mentoring, almost 2000 km of hiking experience. I observed how hiking changed my life, the life of others and of my clients since Didier Walks first steps.
A $100 deposit is required to confirm your place. The full amount must be paid 30 days prior to hike start date. In order to cover costs, I require a minimum of 3 fully paid bookings for the hike to run.