Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Mt Warning ‘unfit’ hiker was actually two-tour Afghanistan war hero

Mt Warning ‘unfit’ hiker was actually two-tour Afghanistan war hero who suffers from PTSD
Gold Coast Bulletin
Jack Houghton
March 29, 2016

“Once I hit the top that’s when my PTSD really took over and it took all my strength not to take the easy way out and leave it all ­behind me,” he said.
A HIKER slammed as “unfit” after being winched by helicopter from Mt Warning is a two-tour Afghanistan war hero who says he froze because of a post traumatic stress disorder meltdown.

The 38-year-old, 115kg army veteran, who did two tours for the Australian ­Defence Force in the Middle East, said he was crippled by a wave of “anxiety” when he reached the mountain’s 1159m peak around 4.30pm on Easter Monday.

Rescue crews were called and 20 men were deployed to get Aaron “Dogga” to safety.
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