HILLS around Albury and Wagga provided a training platform for a trio to walk the Kokoda Track.
Albury Legacy junior vice-president Colin Darts, former Albury policeman Paul Cole and his son, Zachary Cole, 19, set out in Papua New Guinea on Sunday.
“We are doing it to learn more about the history and to see the area, but also as a fund-raiser for Legacy,” Mr Darts said before they left.
The friends agreed that humidity would be the biggest challenge.
“We are used to the dry heat, so we are really going to feel it,” Mr Cole said.
“We have walked from Nail Can Hill to the Lavington Sports Club and at The Rock at Wagga and many hills in between.”
Over nine days the trio hope they will walk a total of 50 hours to Ower’s Corner, a distance of about 96 kilometres.
Mr Cole, who has visited Hellfire Pass in Thailand and Long Tan in Vietnam, hopes to meet one of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels who aided Australian soldiers on the track in 1942 as they fought the Japanese.
The trio paid for the trip themselves and have so far raised $5500. Donations can be made at Legacy House.