Craig Simms

My Kokoda Track Journey



Goal to Kokoda


I’ve conquered Kokoda!

So far, I have helped Soldier On fund:


peer support




sessions support the mental health of our brave veterans to help them march on.

Support My Challenge to Save Lives.

In 2021 I took part in March On.
Before I started I looked at the 96km, divided by 31 days and didn't really find that number fully challenging.
So I decided to up the challenge by adding a vertical component and set myself the goal to also stair climb a height equal to the highest point of the trail.
(yeah... so many stairs... yeah... that pushed me... ouch!)
Fortunately despite my constant moaning I managed to pass my height, distance and fundraising targets and I wish to thank my supporters during that period.

So... 2022!

I am keeping the stair climb target. 166 climbs of the 15m rise staircase by Light's Vision in North Adelaide. Jelly legs.

I am increasing my distance. My target is now 150km which loosely intended to be the 'coast to coast' distance representing the push on Kokoda to the Japanese held positions at Buna.

Also, I am asking for a bit more money. Not for me, for the men and woman who have worn our uniform.

Look forward to your support!

My Achievements

My Updates

Nearly Ready

Monday 28th Feb
One day to go!
Had my last practice on Sunday. Up and down the stairs to make sure they still worked. Found my fitness app on phone to track the distance and made sure I still remembered how to switch it on.
Might need to get some new sneakers, but that can wait till the weekend.

Training Hard... HONEST!!!

Tuesday 22nd Feb
Only a week to go.
I have been spending my recent weekends reminding my legs how stairs work. Feeling reasonably good so far. I remember this time last year when I did my first test stair climb and was a gasping quivering mess after only one.
This year I have being batches of six without any real trouble. Once March On starts I need to do 5 and a bit each day every day, so at this rate I SHOULD be fine.

Thank you to my Sponsors


Darren Harris



Go Me! Stop slacking off! Up those stairs!


Simon Olesen

Hope you're marching sideways like a true mudcrab




Heather Simms

Keep up the good work


Graeme Williamson


Andrew Campbell

All the best Craig - great cause & initiative.


Andrew Reed

Go Craig Go


Dave Price


Alex Gorman


Greg Mead

Proud of you Craig. Well Done.




Bob Ferrige

Good on ya Craig. Well done


Saskia Szivatz

Dear Craig, Loved your message, and even more you increased your challenge from something that sounds really tough. A little nuts... probably... All the best to you and our veterans and looking forward to hear you got over the line. Take care and kind regards.




Keith Lowman

Keep up the good walking


Darlene Harris

Good luck! A great fundraiser ::)


Mark Ridley

Well done Craig. Great cause.


Steve Murphy

Keep after it Muddy!!!


Tim Coulter


Sauvik Podder

Well done Craig!


Emily Breakwell

Congratulations on stepping up to the challenge! I can't wait to hear about stories of your training and more importantly how those legs will cope.



Good Luck Craig!!


Nigel Robert Eiffe