Licola to Mansfield high country trip
Start: Saturday 8 June 2019 9:00 am
Description: A 3 day adventure trip in the high country area between Licola and Mansfield on the Queens birthday long weekend.
The tracks are challenging. I am yet to confirm the specifics of the route but it will be a variant of the 2017 / 2018 trips in the same area. I do intend to take in Grimmes Track (descent) and possibly Knobs Track (descent) which are exciting, steep and slippery.
There are great views along the way of the Wellington area, Snowy Plains area, Mt Buller and Bluff areas and we cross the great divide itself.
The nature of the trip is that local track conditions (un-negotiable obstacle, too deep river crossing) may require that the route is adjusted as we go; but that’s all part of the adventure.
Maps: A good map is the Rooftop's Jamieson - Licola Adventure Map edition three.
Weather: The trip is in winter in the Victorian Alps so cold and wet weather with snowfalls is possible. Bring appropriate clothing and footwear.
Overnight temperatures can drop to below 0 degrees.
Daily maximum temperatures are typically ~ 10 to 14 degrees in the lower altitudes and ~ 5 to 8 degrees in the higher altitudes.
Equipment: Vehicles need to have low range 4WD capability with good ground clearance (200mm min) good all-terrain tyres, front and rear recovery points, a UHF radio (or one borrowed from the club) plus hand held UHF radio if you have one. Usual recovery gear should be carried (to include (min) – snatch strap, 2 x rated shackles, shovel).
Trip Standard & Track Conditions: The trip is rated hard. There are sections of tracks that are steep, narrow and rocky; other sections will be muddy. Tracks on southern facing slopes are likely to be damp and slippery. There will be several river crossings of varying depth dependent upon rainfalls, with the potential for deep crossings; there is the potential for snow in elevated sections.
Weather conditions can significantly impact on the degree of difficulty. Participants should have completed driver training, know their vehicle, and preferably will have completed a medium weekend trip.
Fuel: A full fuel tank as close to Licola as possible is required as fuel is not always available at Licola. For most people this will mean a full tank ex Traralgon, and then top up at Licola if possible.
A fuel additive for diesel cars is required as snowfalls have occurred on previous trips. Torque Icebreaker concentrate is a popular product.
Camping and Facilities: Camping on the Saturday night and Sunday night will be alpine camping; there are no facilities.
Distance: From Licola to Mansfield approximately 220 Km of mainly low range driving.
Duration: 3 days
Convoy limit: 8 vehicles
Meeting arrangements: Depart from the Licola General Store at 9.00 am. Camping is available Licola Caravan Park; consider making a booking if you are staying the Friday night.
Aim to finish on Monday at about 4:00 pm at Mansfield.
Trip Leader: Blair Barton Mobile: 0400 612 231 Email: email@example.com and Andrew Barron Mobile: 0424 473 044 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org