More than Five Years of Adventures

Our Gutsy Challenge adventures have included climbing Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mt Aconcagua in Argentina, Mt Kosciuszko in NSW and New Zealand’s Southern Alps. They have involved cycling through Cambodia, trekking Larapinta in the Northern Territory, Cape to Cape in Western Australia and the Overland Track in Tasmania.

In 2021 we will be trekking much closer to home to the Twelve Apostles in September.

By joining our Gutsy Challenges, you join an amazing group of dedicated individuals all committed to supporting GI cancer research and seeing improvements in treatments for those diagnosed with a digestive cancer.

But don’t take our word for it. Here are some testimonials from past Gutsy Challenge trekkers:

“Having the privilege to meet so many patients and families over the years affected by GI cancers, it was great to be part of a team wanting to make things better for patients both now and into the future,” Jenny Arena, Mt Kosciuszko Gutsy Challenge 2021.

“What I loved most about the Cape to Cape track was the beautiful scenery with breaching whales and carpets of wildflowers. I chose to do the challenge to visit this beautiful part of the world and give back to the GI Cancer Institute,” Trish Lawler, Cape to Cape Gutsy Challenge 2019.

“The thing that I really enjoyed about it was that everyone got on so well. I thought the team dynamics were fantastic and contributed to making it such an enjoyable event,” Professor Niall Tebbutt, Mt Aconcagua Gutsy Challenge 2017.

To find out more about how you can be part of a Gutsy Challenge to a new, exciting destination, visit our 2021 Gutsy Challenge page or email


Congratulations to our Gutsy Challenge 2019 trekkers! With two great destinations, 16 participants and two incredible team leaders, we’ve raised over $151,000 to contribute towards our 2019 annual Innovation Fund grant.

The contributions made through the Gutsy Challenges are vital to our mission to translate bold new ideas into life-saving clinical trials that help patients as quickly as possible. It is thanks to the support of people like you and the community, that we are able to continue our work into GI cancer research.

Read about our 2021 Mt Kosciuszko Gutsy Challenge summit

Read more about our 2017 & 2018 adventures here:

2019 Cape to Cape – 135km

2019 New Zealand Southern Alps – 70km

2018 Tasmania Overland Track – 65km 

2017 Larapinta Trail – 80km

2017 Aconcagua Trek – 6,960 meters

2016 Cambodia Cycle – 360km

2015 Mt Kilimanjaro Summit – 5,895 meters

Click here for more on other Gutsy Challenges and fundraising activities.