Easy/Medium High Country Trip EASY / MEDIUM

Talbotville, VIC

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Hey all, I'm planning a high country trip leaving the day after Boxing day, and returning by either the 30th/31st. 

This will be my first high country trip, and I have a small amount of experience driving however been passenger many times in other's cars, so don't expect insane tracks, but I'm always up for a challenge on the track.

 

As I realise it'll be very busy out there, I would prefer to keep the group to around 4 or 5 cars, and ideally some more experienced people I can suck information/experiences/techniques from.

 

As far as tracks go, I wouldn't mind going to some of the iconic ones like Billygoats and Blue Rag, however I'm also open to opinions and the route may change once we're up there 
(*NOTE* I currently have no particular route in mind, but I'll work on it when I get a chance to sit down with the maps)

As expected, everyone will need to be self sufficient for theirselves and any passengers.

Hope to finally get to meet some faces!

Cheers,

Liam

Requirement

  • Liam (BeardMoto) Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 2 trips)

    GOING
    Myself onlyChecked-In (01-Jan-2017 21:48)
    TB4.2 GQ Patrol (1990 Patrol)
    • 33" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Winch

  • Luke Watt (Apples) Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 1 trips)

    GOING
    Myself onlyChecked-In (01-Jan-2017 21:28)
    Ranger (2016 PX Ranger)
    • 33" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Rear Diff Lock
    • Winch

  • Sean (Sean32)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    MK Triton (1999 Triton)
    • 31" Tyres
    • Winch

  • Geoff (zio)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    zook (1991 vitara)
    • 29" Tyres

  • William (stocklandy4dayz) Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 6 trips)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    discovery 300tdi (1997 discovery)
    • 32" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Rear Diff Lock
    • Winch


  • Boris (PX2 Wildtrak)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    RangerWild71 (2015 Ranger)
    • 2" Lifted
    • Rear Diff Lock
    • Winch

  • Jay (Liveyk7)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    Px ranger (2014 Ranger px)
    • 35" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Rear Diff Lock
    • Winch

Kevin (riordak_ranger) Premium Member
Liam, great to see you leading a trip mate If I could get the time off work I wouldn't mind coming along with you.Liam you are quite welcome to join up with us on the Friday night at Talbotville. and I am sure Gazza and I will give you some pointers on the High Country. Saturday is going to be tame and hard but nothing any of the vehicles including yours wont be able to do.
03 Dec 2016
Mark Townsend (tractorboy)
I wouldn't mind going up been a couple of times in groups with experienced drivers so followed them and their instructions on line and gears but done billy goats twice going down time to do a it more on my own back
03 Dec 2016
Trip Leader Liam (BeardMoto)
Kevin (riordak_ranger) wrote: Liam, great to see you leading a trip mate If I could get the time off work I wouldn't mind coming along with you.Liam you are quite welcome to join up with us on the Friday night at Talbotville. and I am sure Gazza and I will give you some pointers on the High Country. Saturday is going to be tame and hard but nothing any of the vehicles including yours wont be able to do.
Cheers Kevin, I'll see you at Talbotville on the Friday anyway.
03 Dec 2016
Trip Leader Liam (BeardMoto)
Mark Townsend (tractorboy) wrote: I wouldn't mind going up been a couple of times in groups with experienced drivers so followed them and their instructions on line and gears but done billy goats twice going down time to do a it more on my own back
Sounds good Mark, would love to have anyone along with more experience than myself in the area.
I'll add more details to the trip as I work them out.
03 Dec 2016
Steve (4WD_LYF)
WITHDRAWN from Trip - Reason:
03 Dec 2016
Sami (The beast)
WITHDRAWN from Trip - Reason: I'm so sorry I miss read the dates, have fun and merry Christmas to all.
03 Dec 2016
Neil (love24wd)
Hi Liam
Just wondering if you are having a base camp to return to each evening or are you changing locations Daily ?
Cheers
Neil
04 Dec 2016
Trip Leader Liam (BeardMoto)
Neil (love24wd) wrote: Hi Liam
Just wondering if you are having a base camp to return to each evening or are you changing locations Daily ?
Cheers
Neil
G'day Neil, not sure at this stage, but I tend to move on each day to try see as much as possible and avoid driving the same tracks twice. Can also cover more ground too.

Do you have any suggestions either way? As I mentioned, I'm new to it all so I am also open to suggestions for routes and tracks to take.
04 Dec 2016
Trip Leader Liam (BeardMoto)
Last night I smashed an upper ball joint, brake hose, and driveshaft popped out.. really hoping to have it all fixed in the next couple of days, and really hoping it's nothing more than that, they will cause any setbacks for this trip..
04 Dec 2016
Rod (The tuff)
WITHDRAWN from Trip - Reason: People coming over from interstate. Enjoy your trip.
05 Dec 2016
Hoddz (Hoddz)
Hi Liam, have 28/29th off and looking at catching up. May stay overnight on the 28th for a beer, see how we go and will let you know closer to the date. Wife is trying to get me to go to Melb for shopping on the 29th but trying to avoid that like the plague!!! Just did a run through the crooked River/ Billys and Collingwood etc. was very good. Ill let you know how I go see where to RV cheers Hoddz
18 Dec 2016
Kevin (riordak_ranger) Premium Member
Liam (BeardMoto) wrote: Last night I smashed an upper ball joint, brake hose, and driveshaft popped out.. really hoping to have it all fixed in the next couple of days, and really hoping it's nothing more than that, they will cause any setbacks for this trip..
Liam mate is this issue fixed?
19 Dec 2016
Trip Leader Liam (BeardMoto)
Kevin (riordak_ranger) wrote:
Liam (BeardMoto) wrote: Last night I smashed an upper ball joint, brake hose, and driveshaft popped out.. really hoping to have it all fixed in the next couple of days, and really hoping it's nothing more than that, they will cause any setbacks for this trip..
Liam mate is this issue fixed?
Sure is bud!
Just gotta suss out my winch, hoping it's just a solenoid and I'm good to go. Got a spare solenoid on standby, just need the time to change it and test.
19 Dec 2016
Trip Leader Liam (BeardMoto)
Snorkel is required, as we'll be doing a few crossings.
21 Dec 2016
Trip Leader Liam (BeardMoto)
Ok guys & girls, the plan so far is to drive from the Maccas in Moe, departing at 9:30 sharp pretty much directly to camp at Talbotville, then to head off for a few tracks in the arvo, depending how we're going for time.
If we can secure a decent enough of a site, we'll use this as our base camp for the few days, and return for the nights.
Tracks on the agenda will be Billygoats, Blue Rag, Bulltown, Zeska Spur, and open to other opinions too..

I will probably be grabbing a coffee at Maccas Stud Park S.C around 7am-ish, if you'd like to tag along, I'll be on CH17 and we can drive down together.
Otherwise, see you all at Moe at 8:30.

Cheers,
Liam
21 Dec 2016
Trip Leader Liam (BeardMoto)
Hey mate, it's an 830 meet for a 930 depart.
That gives us enough time for a bit of food, coffee, banter and to talk about the tracks we'll be doing.
I'm thinking a return of thurs or fri, see how we're going.
Fingers crossed you can get your rig sorted !
23 Dec 2016
Trip Leader Liam (BeardMoto)
Haha I already printed that off, and have it in the car 😉
23 Dec 2016
Trip Leader Liam (BeardMoto)
Unfortunately guys, due to some family commitments that have only just arisen, I'm going to have to postpone the trip until next week.
If I had notice any earlier I would have posted, but I've spent the morning today to try make arrangements so I could still go, however I can't.

I'm happy for the people that have confirmed to continue to go without me, but I'll b changing the even dates to next week.

Sorry again all.
Liam
26 Dec 2016
Mark Townsend (tractorboy)
I'm happy to wait till the 3/1/17 if that suits
26 Dec 2016
Trip Leader Liam (BeardMoto)
26 Dec 2016
Trip Leader Liam (BeardMoto)
Dates updated.
Thanks for understanding guys 👍🏻
26 Dec 2016
Trip Leader Liam (BeardMoto)
Hey all, just want to double check that those that are still showing "going" to this trip are still planning on going next week, now that the date has changed.
If you're not going, or have changed to a maybe, please change your status to reflect this.

Also, just to double check as well, everyone should have a snorkel and a UHF. Even a handheld will be sufficient, as long as you bring enough batteries or its rechargeable.
Don't forget, you'll also need to be fully self sufficient with a fridge/ice box, and enough food for 4 days, even if it onny turns out to be a 3 day trip (never hurts to be over prepared), also if you're self recoverable, that'd be nice 👍🏻

Cheers legends, see you on Tuesday morning!
29 Dec 2016
John (2012patrol)
WITHDRAWN from Trip - Reason: Unable to make it
30 Dec 2016
Luke Watt (Apples)
Hi Liam,
Sorry for the late notice but I'll can join you for the trip. Other plans I had fell through so I'm now free to tag along.
See you Tuesday, Luke
01 Jan 2017
Trip Leader Liam (BeardMoto)
Luke Watt (Apples) wrote: Hi Liam,
Sorry for the late notice but I'll can join you for the trip. Other plans I had fell through so I'm now free to tag along.
See you Tuesday, Luke
Too easy Luke.

If anyone has any questions or is running late on the morning, please let me know on 0457036922.

Cheers
01 Jan 2017
Mark Townsend (tractorboy)
WITHDRAWN from Trip - Reason: Sorry guys but clutch has gone on car and no one can fix before tomorrow's departure been hanging out for this trip as well
02 Jan 2017
Trip Leader Liam (BeardMoto)
Mark Townsend (tractorboy) wrote: WITHDRAWN from Trip - Reason: Sorry guys but clutch has gone on car and no one can fix before tomorrow's departure been hanging out for this trip as well
Sorry to hear mate, hopeful,y see you on a trip when it's all sorted 👍🏻
02 Jan 2017
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TRIP COMPLETED

2 GOING, 6 Interested
2 adults
Trip Date
03-Jan-2017 (Tue) to 06-Jan-2017 (Fri)

Meeting Point
McDonald's Moe
8:30 AM (Tue, 03-Jan-2017)