An Unseen Guide

Craig Chapman’s story, An Unseen Guide, was published in The Labyrinth and other stories of life. Thank you Craig for sharing these pictures of your hike, as well as this bit of backstory:

In April 2021, I joined a group of mates in the latest of a series of high country hiking adventures. On this occasion we hiked for six days across a remote part of Kosciuszko National Park known as the Jagungal Wilderness. We explored spectacular terrain including several of the highest peaks in Australia, crossed multiple rivers and enjoyed secluded high country huts and camping spots. The dominant feature in this amazing landscape is Mt Jagungal, a peak of over 2,000m in elevation and accessible only after a difficult approach off the main trail. We had steeled ourselves for many months in order to be prepared for this challenge.

The story describes how we battled difficult conditions and self-doubt to reach our goal. Amid the excitement of getting to the summit, and even more so on reflection, we realised how God had led us and encouraged us in unexpected ways. In particular, it seemed that God had used a wombat to provide some of that inspiration!

Hikers on snow-laden path to summit.
Following the wombat trail.

As expected, our hike proved to be challenging, exhausting and exhilarating, with day 4 (J day!) possibly the standout highlight. We created many treasured memories and experiences and, as always, gained great insight from being immersed in God’s wild and stunning creation.

Craig Chapman

The feature photo is of Craig and his mates at the summit of Mt Jagungal. To read Craig’s story and many more short stories of faith, get a copy of The Labyrinth delivered to you or send it as a present to someone who enjoys good writing and great stories.