From South Australia’s Northern Argus
The Heysen Trail is a must-do for dedicated long distance bush walkers, and this month Jake Combe will be doing the epic 1200 kilometre walk in support of Operation Flinders.
Jake began his adventure on October 6, and will walk alone from Parachilna Gorge to the tip of Cape Jervis, hoping to arrive at his destination in the first week of November.
All Jake’s supplies, including tent, bedding, clothes, food and water are carried on his back in a pack weighing about 15 kilograms.
During the journey the only support Jake will receive will be food drop-offs at designated resupply points and his only company will be other walkers he meets along the trail. Jake has previously worked in the military, and he said the bushcraft skills he learnt during his training will be well utilised.
His preparation consisted of day long treks with army mates through a range of terrains and while wearing a weighted backpack.
Operation Flinders Foundation is a South Australian based charitable organisation that runs a world leading wilderness adventure program for young offenders and young people at risk. Jake hopes that by doing the walk and raising funds for the foundation he can reinforce to young people in regional South Australia that they can achieve anything they put their minds to.
Donations to Operation Flinders Foundation can be made at https://give.everydayhero.com/au/jake-1