Kosciuszko to Canberra

Hayden takes on mountainous dementia challenge

HaydenThis summer a very special 10-year-old took part in an epic journey, trekking more than 260 kilometres from Mount Kosciuszko to Canberra and raised more than $2,000 for Dementia Australia.

Hayden Barker climbed mountains, scrambled over rocks and trekked through waterways as he conquered part of the Australian Alpine Walking Track from the Snowy Mountains to Canberra.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing, bad weather hampering the last leg of Hayden’s 12 day journey, but with dad David by his side they made it back safe-and-sound with some fun camping tales to tell.

“We finished a day early because the weather was bad. We had a really good time,” Hayden said.

“We walked up hills and crossed rivers. We saw kangaroos, brumbies, fish, snakes and a yabby.”

For a couple of days Hayden and David we were joined by some of David’s friends. In total Hayden and David covered an impressive 262.28 kilometres.

The walk was inspired by Hayden’s grandfather Lawrie, who has Alzheimer’s disease.

There were plenty of practice walks beforehand to prepare and new boots to wear in but there were still some really big days which took Hayden and David by surprise.

One day the pair covered a massive 28 kilometres!

Hayden“One hill was super hard because it was really steep and it seemed to be endless,” Hayden said.

“I liked doing cross country, but it was tough. I also liked the rivers because they were fun. I really like downhill and we did some really big hills. I liked sleeping in the tent and the huts, I also liked having a fire. The best thing about having a fire is cooking marshmallows.”

Hayden thanked all his supporters who gave so generously to the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Dementia Australia would like to thank Hayden and David for taking part in the walk and their very generous donation. Dementia Australia would also like to thank and acknowledge all their supporters for their generosity and helping Hayden achieve his fundraising goal.  

Hayden’s fundraising efforts have now wrapped-up, but you can still read more about Hayden’s epic journey on his fundraising page.