2022 Flinders Ranges Gutsy Challenge
Join our Flinders Rangers Gutsy Challenge trek from 27-30 May 2022 to raise much-needed funds and awareness for Gastro-Intestinal (GI) cancer research!
The Flinders Ranges make up over 400km of some of the most dynamic outback landscapes in Australia. Approximately 4 hours from Adelaide, they’re a playground of deep gorges, gnarled mountains, and beautiful hiking.
This trek will be led by GI Cancer Institute Board Member and Director of Medical Oncology and Clinical Cancer Research at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Professor Tim Price.
Join us as we trek for 4-days along the Northern Flinders, enjoying sunrise walks, cultural trails and taking in the breathtaking scenery.
Follow part of the Heysen Trail and visit the iconic Wilpena Pound, also known by its Adnyamathanha name of Ikara, meaning “meeting place.” It is a natural amphitheatre of mountains and towering sandstone cliffs, located in the heart of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park.
The funds that you raise in your Gutsy Challenge will support the Innovation Grant which provides researchers with the opportunity to conduct ground-breaking research into GI cancers. It is an important early step in the process to develop new, lifesaving clinical trials and improve treatment options for GI cancer patients.
FUNDRAISING TARGET: $1,000
“…I was at once intrigued by the skyline profiles, fascinated by the warm reds of rock faces grading into blue and purple distances and excited by the steep and rugged mountains themselves,” – C. Warren Bonython AO, walked the Flinders from end-to-end.
We acknowledge the Adnyamathanha people as the traditional owners of the Wilpena Pound (Ikara) and Flinders Ranges area.
What is the cost?
$1,105 per person, with a $400 deposit required at the time of booking (included in price).
Inclusions: transfers to and from Adelaide, 3-nights’ bunkhouse style accommodation, all meals (B, L, D), snacks for the day, tour guides, and GI Cancer Institute tshirt.
Exclusions: travel insurance, alcoholic beverages, other personal expenses.
Where will I be staying?
Rawnsley Park Station overlooks the southern side of Wilpena Pound, and is the perfect base for exploring South Australia’s Flinders Ranges. Set within a beautiful bushland setting, you will stay in bunkhouse style, shared dorms with shared bathrooms. Each room has heating and there is a open-air-fire pit to settle in front of each evening.
Limited single rooms are available for an additional $300pp – please enquire at the time of booking.
Do I have to carry my own pack?
Yes. You will carry your own daypack of up to 5kg, which should include extra warm clothing, sun protection, insect repellent, a rainproof jacket, water and camera. The remainder of your luggage will be stored safely at your accommodation.
How fit do I need to be?
You will need a reasonable level of fitness to walk on the trails. We will be walking with day packs carrying up to 5kg. You should be able to walk on a variety of surfaces: inclines, declines, rocks, steep sections and loose ground. We recommend you do some hilly walks (up to 15km) before this trip to maximise your enjoyment of the climbs and views.
How much do I have to raise?
A minimum of $1,000 per participant. We will be with you every step of the way to help you reach this goal.
We will also send you a comprehensive fundraising toolkit and help you set up an online fundraising page which is an easy way to share your fundraiser with friends and family!
What will the funds I raise be used for?
The funds your raise will be used to support GI cancer clinical trials research through the Innovation Grant.
This grant is awarded annually and supports critical, early stage research – enabling research concepts to be leveraged to larger scale clinical trials. This can then help to improve the quality of life of GI cancer patients.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST, COMPLETE THE FORM BELOW
2022 Flinders Ranges
2022 Flinders Ranges
To find out more about the benefits of joining a Gutsy Challenge trek, watch our interview below with Liz Ryan who took part in the 2015 Mt Kilimanjaro and 2017 Larapinta Gutsy Challenges.