Wamira Walk (1)

A reason for selecting Wamira is that my wife, Geraldine, comes from there and also there are many things to see and do around the Wamira area. Location. Wamira lies in Milne Bay Province, the most southeastern province of Papua New Guinea, at 10°1′ S and 150°2′ E. The village is located directly on the southern shore of Goodenough Bay, midway between the rounded mouth of the bay at Sirisiri and the long spindly tip of East Cape.

Planning for the trip began many months before hand with the first item on the agenda being fitness. I was confident that the two people accompany me would be fit because both of them were running with the Boroko Hash House Harriers every Monday night. However if we were to walk we needed to be fitter than just be able to run for an hour or two each week. To get fit, we decided walking up and down our local hills would be good training, especially when we would be travelling along relatively flat coastal tracks.

Because of my wife we didn't need to do too much research ourselves on conditions etc. She had already purchased Army Survey maps of the relevant areas so we were able to examine these closely. After all, if Geraldine was able to do similar treks in the same area of Milne Bay doing research for her Master's degree, I was sure that we would be able to cope. However, to be on the safe side, we decided it would be wise to have some form of back up even if the backup was only to help carry extra water for us thirsty walkers. Also, maybe I was worried that the Hash runners might only be able to run to the beer keg at the end of a two-hour Hash trail run. :-)

Alotau to Wamira/Dogura

Looking at the map of the eastern most tip of the mainland of Papua New Guinea we decided we could cut out a great deal of walking by starting away from the main town of Alotau. Ah! We hadn't even started and we were cutting out sections. A trip by truck to Taupota was considered and then rejected. Eventually we agreed on a boat trip around East Cape (Kehelala - the most easteren tip of mainland PNG) with a drop off at Garuahi. This would give us a head start and the boat used for the drop-off would become our backup carrying any extra supplies and also providing assistance due to the fact that we had heard one section around Cape Girumia was very dangerous. This particular section required us to walk along the edge of a steep cliff that terminated in the ocean. Reports indicated that some of the rough trail had been washed away and that it wasn't safe to traverse.

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