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Walking With Ghosts in Papua new Guinea


Crossing the Kokoda Trail in the Last Wild Place on Earth

Rick Antonson has traveled to parts of the world that are not simply exotic but sometimes damn near inaccessible. He has climbed Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey, traveling beyond that summit to Iraq and Iran and Armenia. He has undertaken an improbable overland journey to the ancient city of Timbuktu, an enlightening look into efforts to preserve the city’s priceless manuscripts and historical artifacts. Now he has traversed the notorious Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea, a location so remote that some call it “the last wild place on earth.

The track is a narrow, sixty-mile footpath over rough jungle terrain and more than six thousand feet in elevation change, amid punishing weather extremes. It’s home to indigenous Papua peoples, who live among the rusting reminders of the Japanese, Australian, and American armies that clashed in some of the deadliest protracted combat of World War II. Antonson undertook the journey in the company of a mixed band of resolute adventurers, and their own personal experiences provided some unexpected moments on the trail.

In Walking With Ghosts in Papua New Guinea, Antonson brings to life a journey of physical and mental endurance in his signature fashion, blending fascinating historical context with the trials and tribulations of unexpected discoveries in faraway lands.

  • September 10, 2019

  • ISBN: 9781510705661

  • Available in hardcover, paperback and eBook editions


Among the best travel narratives I have read . . . I highly recommend this book to armchair travelers anxious to experience life in a truly wild, and in many ways primitive, world.

James P. Duffy, author of War at the End of the World


"Antonson vividly recounts a two-week, 60-mile journey on the formidable Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea . . . An absorbing account of a physically and spiritually challenging journey."

Kirkus Reviews

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