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High country - Licola to Mansfield

  • 9 Jun 2018
  • 9:00 AM
  • 11 Jun 2018
  • 4:00 PM
  • Licola to Mansfield
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High country-Licola to Mansfield

DescriptionThe Butcher Country trip has been an annual event on the club's calendar on the Queens Birthday long weekend for many years.  After 10 years, Ross Dean  has unfortunately decided not to continue leading this trip. The tradition that Ross has established with running a  high country trip on the Queens Birthday long weekend  will however continue but  unfortunately this year, it will  not be the  Butcher Country track as Parks Victoria has closed this track early from May. However the spirit of the trip will remain with a revised route.

The trip will  still start in Licola and travel to the base of the Butcher Country track after 7  crossings of the Macalister River. We will then continue along the river before shortly  leaving the river and climbing up the Blue Plains Spur Track  to the Great Dividing Range, with great views  before descending Grimme Track to the Barkly River. We then cross  the river another 7 times in 800m before ascending back up to the Great Dividing Range along the McDonald and Nobs tracks, crossing the Alpine Walking Track, with good ridge  top views both to the north and south.   We then again descend down to the Jamieson River and join Brocks Road travelling up to King Billy saddle  where we join Bluff Track and head towards the Lovicks and the Bluff huts before descending to Sheepyard Flat and Mansfield. The campsites are uncertain at this stage but we need to take water in case the camps are on the upper ranges.

There are many  river crossings required on this trip which will make it interesting and challenging. These crossings can vary in depth depending on rainfall leading up to the weekend. Depending on the river levels, snorkels may be required for vehicle safety. The level of the river will be monitored leading up to the trip and any changes to the trip will be advised to particants

The route from the base of the Butcher Country track to Brocks Road is new to the club so it may require some adjustment along the way depending on the track conditions but lends itself to an adventurous trip.

The best map is the Rooftop's Jamieson - Licola Adventure Map edition three. 

Weather:  The trip is in winter within the Victorian Alps so cold and wet weather with snowfalls ( if we are lucky) are possible.  Bring appropriate clothing and footwear.

Equipment:  Vehicles need to have low range 4WD capability with good all-terrain tyres and good ground clearance  and be UHF radio equipped.  Usual recovery gear is to be carried.  

Trip Standard: The trip is rated as medium to hard as some  sections  will be be steep, narrow  and rocky and  other parts may be muddy with the potential for the track to be snow covered on the upper parts. Weather conditions can impact on the rating. Participants will have completed driver training and preferably, but not essentially, will have previously completed a medium weekend  trip. The tracks are challenging but it is the challenge and scenery of the high country  that makes the trip well sought after by members.

Fuel:  A full fuel tank as close to Licola as possible is required as fuel is not always available at Licola. A fuel additive for diesel cars is required as snowfalls have occurred on previous trips. Torque Icebreaker concentrate is a popular product. 

Distance:  From Licola to Mansfield is approximately 200 Km of mainly low range driving. 

Duration: 3 days

Convoy limit: 8 vehicles  

Meeting arrangements:  Licola General Store at 9.00am. Camping is available at the caravan park at Licola and it is best to book if arriving Friday night. 

We will aim to finish on Monday at about 4:00 pm at Mansfield   

Trip Leader: Graeme Allen 0477488434 or graeme.allen86@gmail.com 

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