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Toolangi Explorer - Looking for Challenges after Proficiency

  • 5 Jun 2019
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Toolangi
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Toolangi Explorer - Looking for Challenges after Proficiency – taking the training wheels off!

NB:  This is a trip for a small number of experienced drivers only.  It is an exploratory trip in preparation for a "course/trip" where less experienced drivers will be encouraged to improve their confidence and skills beyond the initial driver training proficiency course.

Date and time:  Wednesday 5/Jun starting at 8:30

Description:  After doing the Club’s Proficiency Course, many newer members are looking for something a bit more challenging without committing to a 3 or 4 day trip in the High Country.  Having been approached by Committee, I am looking at running a 1 day “course/trip” where members will be challenged and will learn more about themselves and their vehicle.  Such a “course/trip” is being scheduled for October this year but in the meantime, there is a need to explore and find tracks that are challenging but not too advanced so that the trip can be run later.  This Toolangi Explorer is to find tracks that fit this description – we will be looking for rocky terrain, tracks with steps and ruts, and bog holes. I have a rough idea of some tracks to be explored but participants can expect delays, u-turns etc.

Bring your morning tea and lunch – these will be in the bush.  Toileting will also be in the bush – please bring shovels etc.

Weather:  it can be cold and wet in the Toolangi Forest – bring appropriate clothing and expect to be out of your vehicle often – you could get muddy and wet.

Equipment:  expect recoveries to occur – vehicles must be set up with rated front and rear recovery points.  Vehicles should have low range (or appropriate gearing) and reasonable ground clearance but expect the odd scrape to occur underneath – all-terrain or mud-terrain tyres are needed.  Also bring as a minimum a snatch strap with 2 rated shackles, and any traction aids you may have.  Tyre pressures will need to be adjusted – bring tyre gauge and compressor.

Communications:  – UHF channel 10 will be used.

Trip Standard:  medium to hard (expect snatching and winching)

Fuel:  a full tank ex Melbourne

Distance:  Approx. distance from Yarra Glen is 100 Km of mainly low range driving.

Duration: 1 day

Convoy limit: 5 vehicles

Meeting arrangements:  e.g. We plan to meet in the main street of Yarra Glen in front of McKenzie Reserve and depart at 8.30am sharp.  If you plan to get coffee beforehand then you will need to arrive a little earlier.  We will aim to finish about 4.00pm in Yarra Glen

Trip Leaders: Phill and Jane Collyer Ph: 0407 096 294 Email: collypj8@bigpond.net.au

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