Karrinyup man marks 18th birthday by tackling Munda Biddi cycle trail and Bibbulmun Track


Ethan Giacomel (18), of Karrinyup, at the end of the Bibbulmun Track.
Ethan Giacomel (18), of Karrinyup, at the end of the Bibbulmun Track.

KARRINYUP’S Ethan Giacomel celebrated his 18th birthday a little differently to most teenagers.

Just four days after his 18th birthday, Ethan tackled both the Munda Biddi cycle trail and Bibbulmun Track back-to-back.

“When I first walked on the Bibbulmun Track when I was about the 12, I decided that I would like to do the entire track when I turned 18,” he said.

“Later, I heard about the Munda Biddi cycle trail and added that on too.

“One of the main reasons I did it was that not many people do an ‘end-to-end-to-end’, especially at the age of 18.”

He spent 21 days cycling the 1000km trail from Perth to Albany then walked the track for his return to Perth, which took 53 days.

Ethan completed most of the 74-day journey alone but was joined for sections by his family and friends.

He said he felt “brilliant” after arriving home.

“Doing the track alone allowed me to listen to nature, watch kangaroos and meet lots of new people,” he said.

“After 74 days in the bush, it was good to get back to civilisation.

“The simplicity of living in the bush is nice, but the weather was becoming quite rainy and cold.”

He plans to take on other hiking trails in the future, including South Australia’s Heysen Trail and the Bicentennial National Trail along the east coast.

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