Trip Leaders: Prue & John Hasler and Tony Jambu (Pajero 4WD Club)
Once again we will be assisting Parks Victoria in track clearing and track assessment the weekend prior to Cup weekend track opening. This year we will be clearing tracks in the Alpine National Park and some in the Snowy River National Park. We hope to enjoy a brunch on Sunday with the remote Tubbut community as we did last year before we do some more track clearing and inspections before the drive home.
We travel in remote mountains and bush with Parks Victoria Rangers and this is a marvellous opportunity to experience some wild corners of Gippsland, helps Parks Victoria Rangers and learn about the bush and how it is managed.
This year the plan is to meet at the campground at the iconic McKillops Bridge early Saturday morning. Participants can stay at Buchan Friday night for a 7.00am start to McKillops Bridge if they wish. Please note that the road into McKillops Bridge is very narrow and windy. An early start from Melbourne on Friday is recommended.
Well equipped 4WD vehicles, some with winches, chain saw certified operators and sturdy chainsaws will be required. We will also require people to assist by clearing the tracks of cut timber. Camping on the Saturday night will be bush camping. Parks Victoria Rangers will be accompanying each of the groups and provide safety and communications support.
Departure places: Buchan – 7.00am Saturday morning
McKillops Bridge camp ground – 9.00am McKillops Bridge Campground
Briefing time: 9.00am for the briefing at McKillops Bridge Campground, Saturday 22 October 2016
Vehicles: High clearance 4WD vehicles in good condition. A number of vehicles with a fitted winch will be required for each group. Front and rear rated tow points. Vehicle fitted 5 watt UHF radio with external aerial.
Convoy limit: 20 vehicles plus Parks Victoria vehicles
Trip Distance: Melbourne to McKillops Bridge – 447 kms
McKillops Bridge to the highway – no more than 350kms
Tyres: At least good condition All Terrain with a preference for Mud Terrain
Equipment: Snatch strap, drag chain, tree trunk protector, winch extension strap, hand saw, chainsaw with extra fuel, leather gloves, satellite phone if you have one, First Aid kit, air compressor, 2 x shackles. A crow bar was useful last year.
Trip Standard: Medium with possible hard sections depending on weather and track conditions
Fuel: The last fuel availability is Buchan. Please fill your fuel tank at Buchan
Camping equipment: Self sufficient. Be prepared for the possibility of cold and wet conditions.
Food and drink: Carry food and drink for all meals for the complete weekend. Note that we may be invited to Brunch in Tubbut on Sunday morning. Bring your own camp cooking equipment.
Clothing: Be prepared for hot, dry, wet, cold and changeable conditions. Strong foot wear, leather gloves and goggles are to be worn by those not using a chain saw. Chain saw operators are to wear chaps, gloves, steel toe capped boots, helmet, ear muffs and safety goggles
Note: No pets and no trailers
Roadside Assistance cover similar to RACV Totalcare recommended
Bookings: 5975 7350