Description: The 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 this iconic high country trip will however continue this year.
The trip will start in Licola, climbing the Butcher Country track up to and crossing the Howitt High Plains, traversing the King Billy and Bluff Hut tracks , visiting several cattleman huts and enjoying spectacular views of the Alps, before finishing at Sheepyard Flat on the Howqua River on Monday after lunch and heading into Mansfield for afternoon tea. Overnight camping will be on the Butcher Country track on Saturday night and at Lovicks Hut on the Sunday night. Water needs to be carried for both campsites.
There are seven river crossings required on the Macalister River before climbing the Butcher Country Track. 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 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 UHF radio equipped ( or one borrowed from the club). Usual recovery gear should be carried.
Trip Standard: Hard - Parts of the track are steep and rocky, other parts are muddy with the potential for the track to be snow covered on the upper parts. This trip has a hard rating, depending on whether conditions. Participants will have completed driver training and preferably, but not essentially, will have previously completed a medium level high country 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 email@example.com