Mission Driven – Julian Dear
Posted 19 Mar 2016 in
Julian Dear is 18 years of age and a 2015 graduate of Bold Park Community School! It is Julian’s dream to hike 1,000 kms from Kalamunda to Albany along the Bibbulmun Track. This journey will take him 52 days!
For Julian, in 2016, it will no longer be just a dream but a reality, he will complete an “End to End” of the Bibbulmun Track; solo. “Walking The Gap 2016” is more than just fulfilling that dream, it is also about Julian’s sense of community and contribution.
“It is my Goal to fund-raise $2,000 for Bold Park Community School‘s natural play areas.” Being a student at Bold Park for 11 years, Julian feels it is only right to give back to the school that “taught me so much”.
Julian has been in training / preparation for the journey over the past months. You can follow and support Julian’s journey by;
- Subscribing to his Facebook site “Walking the Gap 2016”
- Sponsoring Julian’s fund-raising goal (details to follow)
- Writing to him via his Facebook site (or via the school)
Julian is keeping a journal of his journey and here he shares a reflection written whilst on a 50 km practice hike on “The Bibbulmun Track” in preparation for his journey.
So I decided it had been too long since I was last in the bush. Plus, I need all the training I can get for my upcoming Cape to Cape trip. So that led me to Ball Creek Campsite 25 kms from the northern terminus of The Bibbulmun Track. I had a late start of around 1 pm but still made pretty good time, getting into camp just as the sun was going down. I’m currently cooking dinner and enjoying the peace and tranquility nature presents me with. Our modern lives are so fast paced; life goes past at 100 kms an hour. It’s so refreshing and humbling to slow right back down to walking pace. Which for me is on average 5.4 km’s an hour, not that I have been keeping count smile emoticon. Don’t get me wrong it’s not all smiles and flowers sometimes hiking just hurts. It reminds you of what’s important in life. You also have lots of time to think long and hard, you have to learn to love your own company. I’m going to get an early start tomorrow. I want to be hiking by 5 am yah!!!! So I better go to bed, it feels so weird going to sleep at 8 o’clock. Nighty, night!
So I completed my 50 km practice hike, my legs are feeling a little tender but all and all I had an amazing time. I ended up starting hiking at 5:20 am and finished at 10:30 am. I experienced a wonderful sunrise and all the beautiful sounds that go along with it. Next stop the Cape to Cape, I’m very excited and a little nervous.
When was the last time you did something on your weekend that you will remember in a years’ time? It does not have to be hiking, just get out there and create some memories of your own.
Until next time!
Since writing this, Julian has completed the Cape to Cape as part of his training and preparation!
Keep up the sensational work, Julian! We are all inspired and proud of you (and your wonderful family).
What an exciting journey, Julian Dear! Thank you for inviting us all to be a part; for your commitment to “give back” and for the incredible inspiration you are to others. “The heart that gives, gathers” (Tao Te Ching)
Paul at Bold Park Community School