Update: trip is now postponed until 9th Nov, due to seazonal and additional unexpected track closures. Advise is also given from more experienced drivers to Toolangi that even the tracks which are open might be undrivable.
This trip is for experienced 4wd drivers with well setup and equipped 4wd cars!
Only join and participate in this trip at your own risk.
Every one will be responsible for their own safety.
Remember, as in any trip, if you or one of the trip members see that the track in front of them, we will assist you in exiting the trip or might discuss meeting at the end of the hard section, so that you can continue...
50 - 75 kms approximately (including tracks) from the meeting point.
Full Tank from Melbourne should be sufficient for this Trip
This trip is categorised as hard as I have not led any trips in Toolangi but from memory when I participated in other trips the terrain can get very challenging. It should be dry for the week prior and on the day so the tracks should be between medium and hard, but I am staying on the safe side as I dont want anyone to freak out later...
We will aim to finish by 4pm
We will be stopping for lunch so BYO food and water.
All Trip Participants, including passengers, must wear fully enclosed footwear (e.g. sneakers, work type boots) whilst on this Trip.
The minimum requirement is one Snatch Strap, 2 Bow Shackles rated, a Dampener and Riggers Gloves (a full recovery kit is preferable and more appropriate, but not ssential). Riggers Gloves must be worn when dealing with recovery equipment or for track clearing if encountered. Equipment must be in very good condition.. If you don't have this recovery equipment do not join!!
VEHICLE & EQUIPMENT:
Your vehicle must be Roadworthy and appropriately set up for the trip (if you know of any mechanical or maintenance issues with your vehicle, you must have these fully resolved/rectified before the Trip). You will need ground clearance for the Hard Tracks, therefore a suspension lift of at least 2 inches is strongly advised to minimize vehicle damage. Appropriate or Acceptable front and rear recovery points, for snatch strapping or winching, are essential. Due to the terrain of Toolangi State Forest I recommend a minimum of 33' Mud tyres. Tyres on or very close to roadworthy are not acceptable. Onboard UHF Radio, basic vehicle spares and tools, First Aid Kit and Fire Extinguisher.
Update: Snorkel might be required if deeper bogholes are to be attempted.
FOOD AND GENERAL PROVISIONS:
You need to be fully self-sufficient and bring enough Food, Water and Snacks for all persons in your vehicle for lunch. I usually stop and grill some steaks so you could and will have enough time to fire up your portable cooker. You also need to bring sufficient Water for every person in your vehicle. Weather can be very unpredictable in the mountains so please bring a warm clothes.
Planned Tracks list:
- Rockey track
- Lyndalls Track
- Aeroplane Track
- Cockpit Track
- campsite tk
- martins tk
- blowhard range tk
- kalatha creek north tk
- not much help tk
- luke creek tk no 2
And few others...
- Electric Winch
- Recovery Gear