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Snakes, snow and surprises for Latter-day Saint hikers on 35-day trek through Australian Alps

A small crew of hikers, including a few Latter-day Saint team members, helped raise $10,000 for the Cathy Freeman Foundation's Indigenous Education Programs, Newsroom Australia reported.

The 800-kilometer, 35-day long trek along the Australian Alps Walking Track was full of hidden challenges and surprises such as deadly snakes, snow-covered traverses and a shortage of drinking water. Even though the grueling pace left the hikers exhausted each night, the group said the mountain-top climbs made it all worthwhile.

A small crew of hikers, including several Latter-day Saint team members, helped raise $10,000 for the Cathy Freeman Foundation's Indigenous Education Programs, Newsroom Australia reported.
A small crew of hikers, including several Latter-day Saint team members, helped raise $10,000 for the Cathy Freeman Foundation's Indigenous Education Programs, Newsroom Australia reported. Photo: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

Trevor Evans, one of the Latter-day Saint hikers, said the journey was a spiritual one.

“I didn’t think that I could finish it but felt the Lord’s strengthening hand many times,” Evans said. He also said that the spiritual guidance he experienced, "alongside the fantastic opportunity to hike through the mountains with my adult children, was the true highlight for me.”

The group held church meetings each Sunday morning during the trek.

A raw documentary of the trek was released in order to increase awareness of the Indigenous Education Programs.

To learn more the hikers and their journey, visit Newsroom Australia for the full article.

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