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Staying Present while Hiking The Overland Track Solo for #MensMentalHealth

Posted by Bart Jawien on

Be sure to turn up the volume… it’s time that we all paid heed to men's mental health. You may have followed my hike on social media completing the Overland Track in Winter in August 2020 mid Covid. In conjunction with Reachout.com.au raising $110K to bring awareness to the importance of #MensMentalHealth. 

This coffee initiative is the bi-product of Avoca continuing to pay it forward with all proceeds going to Reachout.com   

 

The hike started by going into 14 days of quarantine when I arrived at the airport in Tasmania.  

When I was eventually A-OK cleared to start. It was just me and the wilderness for days.  No internet, no screens, 5 days of dry dehydrated food, a 35 kg backpack, a tent and a sleeping bag -- every morning, front of mind was the importance of being 100% in the ‘now’, a lifetime of worries and concerns behind me. 

Day 1, 2 and 3 were soul destroying. On day 4, I woke, chest hurting from breathing in sub-zero temperatures, and I needed to use the bathroom. I ventured outside into the -5 degree cold.  Half a metre of snow had built overnight and I found myself capturing this moment. It was 2 minutes of true presence caught on video, a space between two worlds which I’d forgotten about until now.

A few months have passed since that hike.  COVID is still present and it’s had a brutal effect on all of us.  It’s still washing itself out and many of us are still finding our feet.  Our personal and professional lives have been impacted, and for those of us running businesses, we’re struggled to forecast an optimistic next few quarters, I know I am at Avoca

Days four and five of the hike were spectacular. The scenery, the wilderness, the effort made to dig deep and continue to push through solo. The remaining 35kms that raised a sweat in arctic temperatures.

I slowed myself down, despite being broken, nothing more to give, found my feet and lived each moment as it came. Taking a moment, listening, being present, understand the effort and discipline set me up for the next 24 hours. I was able to complete the last two legs, circa 38km in 12 hours.

 

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Why not pay it forward, help bring awareness to #mensmentalhealth by trying some of #Barty's freshly beans and spreading good vibes 🤓

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