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  • 26 Oct 2019
  • 9:00 AM
  • 27 Oct 2019
  • 4:00 PM
  • Pyrenees - near Avoca
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Pyrenees Basecamp

Date and time:  Sat. 26 October 2019, 9am

Description:  We will base camp at Glenpatrick Reserve Camping Ground, which has flushing toilets.  Access is suitable for campers and caravans.  We will be exploring tracks in both the west and east of the Pyrenees Range State Forest and Landsborough Nature Conservation Reserve.  Kilometres travelled each day will be relatively short and expected to allow time to visit a local winery before returning to camp on Saturday afternoon and to return home in reasonable time on Sunday, including for those cars returning to camp to pick up trailers and vans.

Weather:  Extreme weather is not expected in the region, so simply keep an eye on the weather forecast.

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:  Medium – possibly hard if wet and slippery.

Fuel:  Fuel is available in Avoca, which is 27km from the campground.

Distance:  Glenpatrick Reserve Camping Ground is approximately 190km from Melbourne.

Duration: 2 days

Convoy limit: 10 vehicles

Meeting arrangements:  We plan to meet in Glenpatrick Reserve Camping Ground and depart at 9.00am.  We will aim to finish mid-afternoon on Sunday.

Trip Leaders: Simon & Julie Bridge, 0413691343, scbridge@btinternet.com



Day 1.   10 vehicles.  Left Glenpatrick Campground 0930.Route was Point Patrick Tk, Radigan Tk, Porcupine Tk, Porcupine Ln, Blacks Lane, Dawson's Rd, Impeys Road, Moates Lane, Vinoca Rd, Fiddlers Tk, Turpin Tk, Donkey Hill Tk, Sardine Tk, Main Tk to Governor Rock Lookout for lunch at 1330. Continued along Main Tk to Vinoca Rd, Ebling Tk to Waterfalls Picnic Area.  Then Waterfall Tk, Schmidt Tk, Gollop Tk, North Glenpatrick Tk back to Glenpatrick Campground at 1630.  Wine tasting at the Wimmera Hills Winery followed.  60 km travelled. North Glenpatrick Tk was steep, rocky, rutted and scalloped and only trafficable going down taking due care. Gollop Tk was rocky and steep ascent which required track building up some rock shelves.  Rating of tracks was medium to hard with any rain on the tracks making them potentially difficult due to clay surfaces.  Rain overnight did not have much of an impact on the tracks.

Day 2. 9 vehicles.  Left Glenpatrick campground at 0900. Route was Glenpatrick Rd, Nowhere Creek Rd, Spring Creek Rd, Cameron Tk to Cameron Track Campground.  Good campground but no facilities .  Then Main Break, Glenlofty Warranmang Rd, Blue Mountain Tk, Malakoff Tk, Landsborough Ridge Tk, Browne Tk, Frenchman Tk, Cactus Tk, Glenlofty Warranmang Rd, Miles Tk, Clear Patch Tk, Jackson Tk.  From Main Break Rd to Jackson Tk , easy to medium.  Tried New Tiger Tk but too difficult a descent due rutting and was abandoned . Lunch on Main Break Rd at 1300. Then continued on Main Break Rd to Emery Tk, fairly steep, then back to Glenpatrick Campground at 1500.  70 km travelled

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