Half-way through the Share the Load quest, Rahn Deuis hit his "roughest day".
The body was getting weary and worn down, the weather was closing in and the relentless grind of pushing 100-kilograms in a wheelbarrow for eight days was taking its toll mentally.
The symbolism was not lost on him as he joined Mason Dannatt in a challenge to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention and support local group Beechworth to Bridge (B2B), whose aim is to stamp out the stigma of suicide.
With the mantra, "Don't suffer alone, share the load", the pair embarked on a quirky fundraising quest from Beechworth to Mount Buffalo on September 1, re-tracing a challenge concocted by two men in a pub 84 years ago.
Mr Deuis, who grew up in Beechworth and returned to the region after a stint in Melbourne, had seen the wheelbarrow and its story in the local museum and was captivated by the idea.
He enlisted fellow fitness and strongman enthusiast Mason Dannatt to the plan.
The challenge, successfully completed on September 8, was well-supported by the local community and a few men of substance including celebrity strongman Eddie Williams and Scotland's strongest man Luke Stoltman as well as Just Be Nice project founder Josh Jones.
B2B founder Lisa Cartledge and her daughter Liv took a turn in the wheelbarrows that were helping to push a cause begun by Mrs Cartledge after her husband Sean took his life in 2014.
The pair truly re-traced history when "snow magically belted down" in the final stages of the gruelling and steep climb to Mount Buffalo on the final days.
Mr Deuis said while neither he nor Mr Dannatt had a "direct connection" to a loved one lost to suicide, the more they talked with others, the more aware they were of its prevalence in the community.
Devastatingly, he revealed a close member of the crew had lost their father to suicide only three weeks prior to the Share the Load event.
"The more you delve into this, the more people you realise are affected by suicide," he said.
The event raised more than $7000 for B2B.
Challenge for the 'strong' men and the 'nice' men
He's more used to doing the heavy lifting than being lifted but Scotland's strongest man Luke Stoltman certainly added substance to the Share the Load 2019 challenge.
He joined fellow Australian strongman celebrity Eddie Williams in the wheelbarrows of Rahn Deuis and Mason Dannatt as they huffed and puffed their way from Beechworth to Mount Buffalo for the eight-day challenge to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention and the local B2B group.
Meanwhile Josh Jones, founder of the Just Be Nice (JBN) Project, took the plunge for the cause when he donned a weight-lifting onesie for an icy dip in Lake Cartani in a bid to add to the fundraising pool.
The antics were all in the spirit of the original challenge set 84 years ago.