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Sumatran Jungle Trek Challenge

13 June 2013

Katy Wright

Katy Wright decided she wanted to do something completely out of her comfort-zone, she set her sights on trekking the Sumatran jungle, Indonesia.

The week before Christmas 2011 Katy’s father sustained a severe Brain injury in a road traffic accident, leaving him in a coma and minimally conscious state for 3 months, where the long term outcome was impossible to predict. Two years on, despite suffering from conditions such as ataxia, dysphagia and aphasia he is continuing to improving his physical capabilities with physio, speech and occupational therapy.

Brain Research Trust seemed the natural charity to fundraise for to say thank you for the support he’s received.

Katy said:
"The trek was an amazing experience and exceeded my expectations. Acclimatising to 37 degrees of heat and humidity, trekking up and down steep paths using trees roots and vines as support was exactly the challenge I was looking for.

Once we arrived at camp each day it was a case of peeling our sweaty clothes off and having a long bath in the river. On two nights we swam in waterfalls, which was lovely.
We had dinner at around 6pm everyday. The amount and variety of food we were served was incredible, we never went hungry. The guides would entertain us on an evening with card tricks and silly games, they’d constantly kept our spirits up by singing songs. Remarkable people – I’ll never forget their amazing spirits.
We were incredibly lucky to see the amount of wildlife that we did, 12 wild
orangutans, three with babies. We also saw Thomas leaf monkeys, long tailed macaques, gibbons, hornbills and giant ants.
It was a surreal experience in the sense that despite being constantly surrounded by people. This trip really helped me with worries and stresses I’ve had to deal with every day since my fathers accident. I had a lot of time to reflect whilst in the jungle. With the reasons why I was there always present, it provided me with the motivation needed to carry on when parts of the trek became too difficult.
To be able to put myself through such a tough physical and mental ordeal and now reflect on it as being the most rewarding and incredible experiences of my life, has made the whole reason for taking on this challenge worth it. Gaining personal benefits of experiencing a trip like this, whilst committing to it to raise money for a worthy cause is full of positive outcomes"

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