Larapinta Extreme Walk - Gillian's epic 223km, 11 day walk for NPY Women's Council

In May, I am embarking on an epic walk through the Northern Territory, from Mount Sonder to Alice Springs. The Larapinta trail is known as one of the most brutal walking trails in the world, covering 223km of mountainous terrain along the West MacDonnell Ranges. Just to make this a little more challenging, we plan to complete the trek in 11 days, with the walk ending on National Sorry Day; the average hiker takes 16-20 days to complete the trail. This means 2am wake up calls, 16-32km and 10-12 hours of walking per day!

Check out the itinerary - 

I am taking part in this challenge to raise money for Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council (NPY Women’s Council). The NPY Women’s council is one of Australia’s oldest and most respected Aboriginal organisations.  The NPY was established to strengthen and promote health, safety and culture, as well as the economic, emotional and social wellbeing, of women in the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara lands. The NPY's CEO, Andrea Mason, has been named 2017 Telstra Businesswoman of the Year and 2017 NT Australian of the Year in recognition of the work the NPY has achieved in helping to empower women and their families across a 350,000 square kilometre area of Central Australia.

Did I also mention that I will be camping for 11 days? Those of you who know me well will know that I'm more of a luxury resort kind of girl and not likely to be found sleeping under the stars (unless there are 5 of them). There will be no baths with a glass of wine at the end of a hard days fact there will not be any bathrooms! 

I hope that you can help me achieve my goal of raising $1,500 for the NPY.  Not only will every $ raised go straight to the NPY, but IAG will also match the funds raised $ for $. 

To learn more, or to get updates as we walk go to


Total Donation
Steven Hurst Good luck Gillian! ($50 is from Sirima) 27 Feb 2017 $150 $0 $150
Mariska Cargen Go Gillian! Absolutely epic challenge!!! Really admire your courage. Cannot wait to hear all about when you're back! 27 Feb 2017 $100 $0 $100
Scott Douglas Gillian, I sure you will lead the group. Go hard and take no backward steps 24 Feb 2017 $50 $0 $50
Tracey Newman All the best Gillian you will love it 16 Feb 2017 $50 $0 $50
Kylie Bullock It's your feet I feel sorry for... good luck. its a great cause and will be an awesome achievement 15 Feb 2017 $50 $0 $50
Jacinta Maraku Good on you Gillian :-) 15 Feb 2017 $50 $0 $50
Jo Rixon Good luck Gillian, will be supporting you every step of the way! 14 Feb 2017 $50 $0 $50
Darren Ryan Well Done. Hope your legs don't fall off!!! 06 Feb 2017 $50 $0 $50
R MacKay Better you than me! Best of luck 03 Feb 2017 $200 $0 $200
Shirley Lee Go Gillian... with you in spirit. 02 Feb 2017 $30 $0 $30
Raymond Royeras Good luck Gillian. 02 Feb 2017 $50 $0 $50
Sally Ringrose What a huge challenge, yet an amazing adventure for you to experience in the country of, and in support of Aboriginal people. Well done Gillian for taking this on xx 31 Jan 2017 $100 $0 $100
Anonymous Happy Walking! 31 Jan 2017 $30 $0 $30
Catherine Kersivien I'm in awe! 30 Jan 2017 $50 $0 $50
Dieter Ongsansoy Amazing challenge you're undertaking mate! Well done! 30 Jan 2017 $100 $0 $100
Catherine Wood Good Luck Gillian 30 Jan 2017 $25 $0 $25
Calvin Yong Great effort, and best of luck. 25 Jan 2017 $50 $0 $50
Christopher Tandy What an epic challenge for a great cause.. best of luck, well done 25 Jan 2017 $50 $0 $50
Simon Herbert Awesome challlenge and a great cause. Go Gillian! 24 Jan 2017 $50 $0 $50
Alp Altun All the best on the trip! 24 Jan 2017 $50 $0 $50
= $1335