Pitt, who suffered burns to 65 per cent of her body in a bushfire during a 100km ultra-marathon in WA’s Kimberley in 2011, faced her toughest test on the first day on May 23.
“It was so hot,” says Pitt, who has undergone more than 100 operations. “Because of my burns I find it hard to regulate my temperature and even though we only walked for two hours it was the hardest day.”
On the third day, another member of the group, mother-of-two Jess Caire, fell 25m down a cliff face and sustained leg injuries. “It was a reminder that at any time, things can change,” says Pitt. "I'm really grateful that she’s home now with her family and feeling OK."
On June 1, Pitt finished the historic trail, significant to Australians for the unforgiving battles played out there between the Allies and Japan during World War II.
“It’s hard to put into words the significance of this place, and how it feels to walk in the footsteps of the Australian soldiers—what was it really like for them?” says Pitt, who lives with fiancé Michael Hoskin in Ulladulla, on the NSW South Coast. “You can’t help but feel like you’re connected to that history, and it’s deeply humbling.”
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