20-23 February 2019

East Arthur Range Traverse in 72 Hours

The seasoned hikers, and good mates, are setting out in 2019 to take on their next cystic fibrosis hiking challenge, the arduous East Arthur Range Traverse in South-West Tasmania.

Recommended to experienced wilderness hikers to be completed in two weeks, Kade and Duncan intend to complete their Big Walk in only 72 hours.

You might not be able to complete a Big Walk but you can make short lives BIG by supporting Kade and Duncan.

Raised: $1760

Days To Go: 36

Our Goal: $15000

About The Trek
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About The Trek

The Arthur Ranges and Federation Peak are among Australian bushwalking’s toughest multi-day hikes. Kade and Duncan take on the Eastern Traverse, a 77km trek packed with extreme terrain and dizzying heights. The range is exposed to some of the most extreme weather on the planet and is jam packed full of the most humbling beauty Australia has to offer.

During the walk, they will summit Federation Peak, one of Australia's most intimidating mountains. In bushwalking circles, Federation Peak is regarded as the most celebrated mountain in Tasmania. Its magnificent, abruptly piercing spike demands attention from any vantage point.

In short, it's going to be bloody hard.


Farmhouse Creek

The boys will fly directly into Hobart and be picked up by their tested and proven shuttle service Tassie Road Trips and driven directly to the trek’s start point at Farmhouse Creek. The aim is to start the clock at 2pm, 20 February, meaning the challenge has to be completed by 2pm, 23 February. Kade and Duncan will only travel with Tassie Road Trips when they adventure in Tasmania. The boss man Joe Graff has promised never to leave them behind, and he proved his worth last year when the boys were running (literally) behind time on the last day of the South Coast Track in 2018.

Federation Peak

At some point in the first 24 hours of the Big Walk Kade and Duncan will pass over Federation Peak. Sometimes described as Australia’s only ‘true’ mountain, Fedder is renowned as a terrifying and spectacular ascent, with the true summit often made unattainable by weeks of harsh weather at a time. Kade and Duncan will make a last-minute call whether to attempt the final 600m climb (yes, climb) to the top if the weather allows. Failing that, they won’t have time to wait for suitable conditions so they will have to skirt the summit and push on the North-West along the remainder of the East Arthur Range.

Boiler Plates

At the northern end of the Eastern Arthur Range is a craggy section of ridgeline called the Boiler Plates. The boys will approach the Boiler Plates after negotiating Stuart’s Saddle, a mountain pass named for 23 year old hiker John Stuart who passed away there from hypothermia in 1956 – sadly not the only nor the most recent person to have lost their lives on the Arthur Ranges. At some point on the second day of the trek Kade and Duncan will need to traverse this ankle-destroying section of the hike, but the upside will be the amazing view across the Lake Leo and the East Portal. Next will be the gradual descent down a spur known as Luckman’s Lead, before a working their way between the ominously named Lucifer Ridge and the boulder-strewn Strike Ridge.

Scott’s Peak Dam

The boys will (hopefully) arrive at the shores of Lade Pedder for their Rendezvous with Joe and his purpose-built van and trailer from Tassie Road Trips at or before 2pm 23 February. If the last couple of years are any indication, Kade and Duncan will be racing the clock and coming in hot. They will be battered, bruised and extremely footsore. It’s difficult to appreciate the punishment you are putting your body through on a trek like this. Minimal sleep, constant strain and, frankly, no small amount of risk. Despite that, the pain the boys put themselves through to complete these annual challenges is pretty extreme. They will be very, very happy to see Scott’s Peak Dam around the final corner of the trail. Plus Joe has promised to stop for beers on the way home!
Kade and Duncan
The Walkers

Kade and Duncan

“Kade and Duncan’s Big Walk” was founded in 2017 when the pair set out to complete Tasmania’s six-day Overland Track in only three days. On 23 February 2017 the two CF heroes, tackled the 86.2km hiking challenge in just 49 hours all while raising over $11 000.00 for Cystic Fibrosis Queensland. Kade and Duncan have kept to their fundraising challenges, taking on Australia’s toughest multi-day hiking adventures, covering over 170 kms in under 97 hours.

In 2018 Kade and Duncan attempted to complete Tasmania’s famous South Coast Track in 48 hours – the standard is 6 to 8 for experienced wilderness hikers. The Track starts at an abandoned tin mine on the western edge of Tasmania’s southernmost point – accessible only by light plane – and runs east along the exposed beaches and rocky mountain ridges that compromise the southern tip of the state. The track is subject to the full force of the Roaring Forties and the freezing wind, rain and sea spray driven up from Antarctica. Kade and Duncan ultimately completed the track in 52.5 hours, but not before pushing themselves to the limits of their endurance (and nearly being washed away into the Southern Ocean a few times).

Kade and Duncan’s number one training partner is Noah, Duncan’s 12 year old son. Noah has cystic fibrosis but sets the example of how big your life can be despite the disease. He routinely trains with the boys and goes on long-distance treks with his dad, including New Zealand’s notorious 5-day alpine hike along St James walkway in 2018 and the famous 3-day Routeburn Track in January this year.

Kade and Duncan
Raised: $1760

Days To Go: 36

Our Goal: $15000

Donate Today

Help Kade and Duncan smash their fundraising goal of $15,000 and donate today! Your donation will help Cystic Fibrosis Queensland provide life extending services to people living with cystic fibrosis across Queensland, Northern NSW and the Northern Territory. Make their Big Walk make a Big Impact on people living with CF.

CF is the number one inherited disease affecting young Australians.

CF affects the lungs and digestive system. CF impacts on quality of life.

We want our BIG WALK to make a big impact on people living with CF.

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most common, recessive genetically acquired, life-shortening chronic illness affecting young Australians today.
It primarily affects the lungs and the digestive system, however, it also affects a number of other organs and systems.
Complications increase with age, requiring ever increasing levels of (self) care and support. There is currently no cure. From birth, a person with CF undergoes constant medical treatments and physiotherapy. Lung failure is the major cause of death for someone with CF.

On average one in 25 people carry the CF gene (most of whom are unaware they are carriers).

Cystic Fibrosis Queensland (CFQ) is the peak community not-for-profit organisation working with and for people with CF right across Queensland, Northern New South Wales and the Northern Territory. Its mission is to assist everyone affected by CF to be well and live fuller lives. It provides information, support and guidance to people living with CF and their families. It advocates for services and systems that support the CF community and seeks to raise awareness, understanding and funds for services and research. Over 80% of CFQ income is from fundraising.

All online donations for the 2019 “Kade and Duncan’s Big Walk” go directly to Cystic Fibrosis Queensland.

Big Walk with a Big Purpose

We'd love to hear from you

Email: fundraising@cfqld.org.au
Phone: (07) 3359 8000