Mt Cole - The most technical 4wd destination in Vic (Express Interest Only) HARD

Mt Cole, VIC

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*** Ignore the trip date for now *** 

 

Alright guys, I can see there are heaps of interest in exploring (well, let's say tackling) Mt Cole, which is considered one of the most technical (insane) 4x4 destination. 

 

I have posted this up for people who would like to join my first trip to Mt Cole when all the tracks are re-opened. Unfortunately most of the good tracks are now officially closed (and gated). 

 

What to know what to expect? See below video from last week. 

 

 

Requirement

  • Electric Winch
  • Recovery Gear
  • Kelvin (TREXGQ) I am first-aid qualified Trip Leader - Level 6 (Completed over 76 trips)

    GOING
    Myself only
    TREXGQ (1990 Patrol)
    • 35" Tyres, 3" Lifted
    • Front Diff Lock
    • Winch

  • Jacob (Tails10)

    GOING
    Driver + 1 Adult
    2.8 turbo diesel ln106 (1996 Ln106 hilux)
    • 35" Tyres, 4" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch

  • George (Georgie_Kyro) I am first-aid qualified Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 5 trips)

    GOING
    Myself only
    Pretty Penny (1999 GU Patrol)
    • 37" Tyres, 3" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch

  • Mike (Belvo) I have mechanic skills

    GOING
    Myself only
    Coil cab td42 (1995 Patrol)
    • 35" Tyres, 3" Lifted
    • Front Diff Lock
    • Winch

  • Ken (Kenny)

    GOING
    Driver + 1 Adult
    4.8 GU Patrol (2001 GU)
    • 35" Tyres, 3" Lifted
    • Front Diff Lock
    • Winch

  • Matt (Matt86) Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 1 trips)

    GOING
    Driver + 1 Adult
    Nissan Patrol GQ TD42 (1993 Patrol)
    • 37" Tyres, 3" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch


  • Rob (Bessiethebeast) Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 1 trips)

    GOING
    Driver + 1 Children
    80 Series 4.5 (1993 80 Series)
    • 33" Tyres, 3" Lifted
    • Rear Diff Lock


  • Tony (le Dakar) I am first-aid qualified Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 3 trips)

    GOING
    Myself only
    GU Patrol 4.8 (2004 GU Patrol)
    • 35" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch

  • Joe (Joe_JKU) I have mechanic skills Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 6 trips)

    GOING
    Myself only
    Jeep Wrangler JKU (2009 Wrangler)
    • 35" Tyres, 3" Lifted
    • Rear Diff Lock
    • Winch


  • Dave (Stoops) I have mechanic skills Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 4 trips) Premium Member

    GOING
    Driver + 1 Adult
    Jeep Wrangler crd (2009 Jk Wrangler)
    • 33" Tyres, 3" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch


  • Nick (charger265) I am first-aid qualified I have mechanic skills

    GOING
    Myself only
    Triton MN 2.5l (2010 Triton MN)
    • 36" Tyres, 3" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch

  • Tim (UAV)

    GOING
    Myself only
    79 Dual cab (2015 Landcruiser VDJ79 DC)
    • 35" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch



  • Allan (Big Pig) Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 10 trips) Premium Member

    GOING
    Myself only
    BIG PIG (2014 WK2 diesel)
    • 32" Tyres
    • Rear Diff Lock
    • Winch

  • Corey (Paj083) Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 4 trips)

    GOING
    Myself only
    4.5 gu patrol (1999 Patrol)
    • 35" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch

  • Adam (Triton4x4) I am first-aid qualified I have mechanic skills

    GOING
    Driver + 1 Adult
    Td 2.5 triton (2014 Triton)
    • 33" Tyres, 3" Lifted
    • Winch

  • Jezza (Redskinzero)

    GOING
    Myself only
    TD42T GU Coil Cab (2004 Patrol)
    • 35" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch

  • Simon (VBer) Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 1 trips)

    GOING
    Myself only
    D22 (2012 D22)
    • 35" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Winch

  • Chris (PunisherJK) I have mechanic skills

    GOING
    Driver + 1 Adult
    3.8 V6 Supercharged (2007 Wrangler)
    • 35" Tyres, 4" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch


  • Luke (macmanluke)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    Landcuiser 79 Single cab (2015 Landcruiser 79 Single cab)
    • 35" Tyres, 3" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch

  • Matthew (discomatt) Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 7 trips)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    V8 discovery with a couple of modds (1996 Discovery)
    • 33" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Winch

  • Brett (Maverick_90)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    SWB Maverick (1990 Maverick)
    • 36" Tyres, 4" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch

  • Mathew (Iconiic) Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 1 trips)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    CONQER - Jeep Wrangler (2007 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon)
    • 37" Tyres, 3" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch

  • Winston (Winston_FJ) Trip Leader - Level 5 (Completed over 48 trips) Premium Member


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    TB48 Patrol GU6 ST-S (2008 Patrol)
    • 35" Tyres, 4" Lifted
    • Winch

  • Simon (Noturaveragegu) Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 2 trips)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    Gu 3lt (2012 Patrol gu)
    • 33" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Rear Diff Lock
    • Winch

  • Richard (Papa_Bob) Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 5 trips)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    3.0 Patrol (2012 Patrol)
    • 35" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Rear Diff Lock
    • Winch

  • Peter (GQ351C)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    GQ351C (1990 GQ Patrol)
    • 35" Tyres, 3" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch

  • Andy (andyh) Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 1 trips)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    GQ 4.2 Turbo Diesel Intercooled (1995 Patrol)
    • 33" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Front Diff Lock
    • Winch

  • Matt (Midday71)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    80 series turbo 1hz (1995 80 series)
    • 35" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch

  • Robin (Robin80series)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    Gu td4.2 turbo (2004 patrol)
    • 37" Tyres, 4" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch

Tom (roll_tide)
I'd love to come along as a passenger if that would be ok with someone?
14 Jun 2017
George (Georgie_Kyro)
Woop Woop!
Round 2!
14 Jun 2017
Matthew (discomatt)
Interested but a bit confused about the date, tracks don't open in September and 2018??
OOPs just noticed the ignore the date bit, my bad, when are you thinking?
14 Jun 2017
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
Matthew (discomatt) wrote: Interested but a bit confused about the date, tracks don't open in September and 2018??
OOPs just noticed the ignore the date bit, my bad, when are you thinking?
from trip description..... "*** Ignore the trip date for now *** "
14 Jun 2017
Andrew (whipit)
noticed it's trip number 666 the devils number... I bet the superstitious will be funny about that
14 Jun 2017
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
George (Georgie_Kyro) wrote: Woop Woop!
Round 2!
Haha, yes, it will be Round 2 for me too!
14 Jun 2017
Ken (Kenny)
I'm in unless things change between now and trip date. 😁
14 Jun 2017
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
Andrew (whipit) wrote: noticed it's trip number 666 the devils number... I bet the superstitious will be funny about that
Yes Andrew, I have just noticed that.... it's bloody trip "666"!
14 Jun 2017
Mike (Belvo)
So in might need some 37s this trip 😁
14 Jun 2017
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
Mike (Belvo) wrote: So in might need some 37s this trip 😁
You need nerve of steel and skills... haha
14 Jun 2017
George (Georgie_Kyro)
The curse of Mt Cole.... trip number 666... damn.... what could possibly go wrong lol
14 Jun 2017
George (Georgie_Kyro)
Mike (Belvo) wrote: So in might need some 37s this trip 😁
You did well front locked on 35s last weekend at Mt cole mate!
You will be fine!
14 Jun 2017
Tony (le Dakar)
Only thing that worries me at this stage Kelvin is the trip number- 666, other than that, cant wait.
15 Jun 2017
George (Georgie_Kyro)
Tony (le Dakar) wrote: Only thing that worries me at this stage Kelvin is the trip number- 666, other than that, cant wait.
Tony same!
Hey btw am I reading correctly? 4.8 by patrol???

No more Toyota? No more hilux???
15 Jun 2017
Tony (le Dakar)
Yes. You read it correctly. These type of trips are the ones I enjoy the most, and they would have eventually killed the Hilux. I had already snapped two CV's and am sure there would have been more to come. The second one was with the slightest of tapps against the bank on a gentle climb.
Was sad to see he go, but realistically she was not made for the types of trips like Mt Cole. Have had the GU since January and am very impressed with the 4.8.
15 Jun 2017
George (Georgie_Kyro)
Tony (le Dakar) wrote: Yes. You read it correctly. These type of trips are the ones I enjoy the most, and they would have eventually killed the Hilux. I had already snapped two CV's and am sure there would have been more to come. The second one was with the slightest of tapps against the bank on a gentle climb.
Was sad to see he go, but realistically she was not made for the types of trips like Mt Cole. Have had the GU since January and am very impressed with the 4.8.
Yeah I completely understand.
She was a very sought after vehicle from what i had seen on the interweb and you had her kitted out nicely.
Looking forward to meeting you on this trip mate and seeing the new ride.
GU's are great rigs and have some tough as nails axles...
Though I must say , having an ifs before would have helped your driving style and has probably made you a very technical driver.
Is it auto or manual? (Gu)
15 Jun 2017
Joe (Joe_JKU)
Looks like a trip to my liking. If the new date suits me I will definitely give this one a shot !!! Is this a overnighter or day trip?
15 Jun 2017
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
Joe (Joe_JKU) wrote: Looks like a trip to my liking. If the new date suits me I will definitely give this one a shot !!! Is this a overnighter or day trip?
Likely Overnighter mate.... get the most of it...
15 Jun 2017
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
Tony (le Dakar) wrote: Yes. You read it correctly. These type of trips are the ones I enjoy the most, and they would have eventually killed the Hilux. I had already snapped two CV's and am sure there would have been more to come. The second one was with the slightest of tapps against the bank on a gentle climb.
Was sad to see he go, but realistically she was not made for the types of trips like Mt Cole. Have had the GU since January and am very impressed with the 4.8.
Can wait to see your GU mate.... is it on portal axle already?
15 Jun 2017
Tony (le Dakar)
George (Georgie_Kyro) wrote:
Tony (le Dakar) wrote: Yes. You read it correctly. These type of trips are the ones I enjoy the most, and they would have eventually killed the Hilux. I had already snapped two CV's and am sure there would have been more to come. The second one was with the slightest of tapps against the bank on a gentle climb.
Was sad to see he go, but realistically she was not made for the types of trips like Mt Cole. Have had the GU since January and am very impressed with the 4.8.
Yeah I completely understand.
She was a very sought after vehicle from what i had seen on the interweb and you had her kitted out nicely.
Looking forward to meeting you on this trip mate and seeing the new ride.
GU's are great rigs and have some tough as nails axles...
Though I must say , having an ifs before would have helped your driving style and has probably made you a very technical driver.
Is it auto or manual? (Gu)
Auto George. It was the desire for another Auto that led me towards the 4.8.
15 Jun 2017
Trav (dungarover)
Definitely interested, even if I have to work I can make it a day trip as Mt Cole is about 45 mins from home for me in Snake Valley anyway.

Trav
15 Jun 2017
Winston (Winston_FJ) Premium Member
Given the number of good tracks that are closed out there this will most likely be November or later. If there is enough interest (looks like there is) I am happy to run a 2nd convoy. This is the kind of place where 5 or 6 cars is the most you'd want in one group.

Chinamans campground is huge and has basic amenities of toilets and a "mess hall" shelter. There is also Ditchfields campground a little further to the south that is quite large and has toilets as well. Both would be suitable for 3 or 4 separate groups to meet up at for a common camping spot to share the days stories if we could get more trip leaders to put their hand up. I can help with the mapping side of things if anyone wants to run a convoy.
15 Jun 2017
Winston (Winston_FJ) Premium Member
Tom (roll_tide) wrote: I'd love to come along as a passenger if that would be ok with someone?
Yeah mate happy to have a passenger.
15 Jun 2017
Chris (cap8959)
Chinamans is a bit of a secret. If you are lucky the backpackers use it to off load their camping gear when they leave the country. So far 2 instant tents, several camp tables, axes, LPG stoves etc.

But don't tell anyone OK....

I guess it's going to get busy around Mt Cole now that you guys have discovered it.
15 Jun 2017
Shaun Borg (Dmaxking)
I'm in 100%
15 Jun 2017
Tony (le Dakar)
Winston (Winston_FJ) wrote: Given the number of good tracks that are closed out there this will most likely be November or later. If there is enough interest (looks like there is) I am happy to run a 2nd convoy. This is the kind of place where 5 or 6 cars is the most you'd want in one group.

Chinamans campground is huge and has basic amenities of toilets and a "mess hall" shelter. There is also Ditchfields campground a little further to the south that is quite large and has toilets as well. Both would be suitable for 3 or 4 separate groups to meet up at for a common camping spot to share the days stories if we could get more trip leaders to put their hand up. I can help with the mapping side of things if anyone wants to run a convoy.
I would be OK with leading one of the groups if needed.
15 Jun 2017
Richard (Papa_Bob)
Mike (Belvo) wrote: So in might need some 37s this trip 😁
Mate you cruised over everything there!
15 Jun 2017
Steve (Stock Patrol)
George (Georgie_Kyro) wrote:
Tony (le Dakar) wrote: Only thing that worries me at this stage Kelvin is the trip number- 666, other than that, cant wait.
Tony same!
Hey btw am I reading correctly? 4.8 by patrol???

No more Toyota? No more hilux???
Will you be on this trip when it kicks of Georgie?
15 Jun 2017
George (Georgie_Kyro)
Steve (Stock Patrol) wrote:
George (Georgie_Kyro) wrote:
Tony (le Dakar) wrote: Only thing that worries me at this stage Kelvin is the trip number- 666, other than that, cant wait.
Tony same!
Hey btw am I reading correctly? 4.8 by patrol???

No more Toyota? No more hilux???
Will you be on this trip when it kicks of Georgie?
Yes, I am keen to run the "EXTREME" trip, (Twin locked, solid axle,) - or, whoever is interested or is in search for the toughest this place has to offer.
Those in this group please be advised, panel or vehicle damage is probable...

also ,
It would be good whilst up there and planned, to take note of whos leading the other groups, and know what channels they will be or take consecutive channels for saftey reasons if we need to contact other groups, eg 27 28 29
15 Jun 2017
George (Georgie_Kyro)
there seem to be a few twin locked rigs, and single locked rigs, so if we split it accordingly to twin locked single locked groups etc would be good.
I guess we will plan all this when we get closer
15 Jun 2017
Winston (Winston_FJ) Premium Member
I'll take all the IFS cripples. 😂

Worth noting that around 90% of the park has mobile coverage.
16 Jun 2017
Thurstain (Tcm9669) Premium Member
Winston (Winston_FJ) wrote: I'll take all the IFS cripples. 😂

Worth noting that around 90% of the park has mobile coverage.
If there is an IFS option, and I have the front locker in by then... I might be keen to join!
16 Jun 2017
Winston (Winston_FJ) Premium Member
Thurstain (Tcm9669) wrote:
Winston (Winston_FJ) wrote: I'll take all the IFS cripples. 😂

Worth noting that around 90% of the park has mobile coverage.
If there is an IFS option, and I have the front locker in by then... I might be keen to join!
Just to clarify I will be doing just about as hard tracks as the extreme group. But allowing more time to complete as it will be slower going due to the likelihood of needing to winch.
16 Jun 2017
Winston (Winston_FJ) Premium Member
Just had a thought that this may be a perfect location for the Xmas gathering. There is plenty of stuff for easy and medium as well. And Chinamans campground is big enough for a huge turnout. Plus it's only 2 hrs from Melb CBD.
16 Jun 2017
Thurstain (Tcm9669) Premium Member
Winston (Winston_FJ) wrote:
Thurstain (Tcm9669) wrote:
Winston (Winston_FJ) wrote: I'll take all the IFS cripples. 😂

Worth noting that around 90% of the park has mobile coverage.
If there is an IFS option, and I have the front locker in by then... I might be keen to join!
Just to clarify I will be doing just about as hard tracks as the extreme group. But allowing more time to complete as it will be slower going due to the likelihood of needing to winch.
Yes I understand that, it'll depend on your vehicle requirements. I got winch and all the stuff, and my aim is that by November when the tracks re-open I will have a locker in and also diff drop so CV's won't give me issues (hopefully). But we will see later on.. trip is still months away.
16 Jun 2017
Nick (charger265)
Winston (Winston_FJ) wrote: I'll take all the IFS cripples. 😂

Worth noting that around 90% of the park has mobile coverage.
So which category does mine fall under... I would hat to be allocated to the IFS group
17 Jun 2017
Winston (Winston_FJ) Premium Member
Nick (charger265) wrote:
Winston (Winston_FJ) wrote: I'll take all the IFS cripples. 😂

Worth noting that around 90% of the park has mobile coverage.
So which category does mine fall under... I would hat to be allocated to the IFS group
You go where you want. Go with George. He might need you to snatch him through the hard sections.
17 Jun 2017
Tom (roll_tide)
Winston (Winston_FJ) wrote:
Tom (roll_tide) wrote: I'd love to come along as a passenger if that would be ok with someone?
Yeah mate happy to have a passenger.
Legend.
Thanks mate :D
19 Jun 2017
Rod (Rod4wd)
WITHDRAWN from Trip - Reason:
19 Jun 2017
Peter (GQ351C)
I'd be keen on this trip if my engine upgrade is done by then.
21 Jun 2017
4WDTrip Team (4WDTRIP) Premium Member
Hi all, thank you for those who have expressed your interest in Mt Cole trip. It has really given us a good indication the level of interest. We will post an official trip once we have confirmed the exact details. For the time being, we will remove this trip so that it doesn't get clogged up the actual trip listing.
18 Jul 2017
David Terrance Sheppard (Dave's rx)
Yer mate im in !!
05 Jun 2018
James (RiderID)
WITHDRAWN from Trip - Reason:
10 Jun 2020
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TRIP COMPLETED

24 GOING, 12 Interested
34 adults , 2 children (36 in total)
Trip Date
Sat, 01-Sep-2018

Meeting Point
TBA
8:30 AM (Sat, 01-Sep-2018)

Organiser 4WD TRIP
Kelvin (TREXGQ)

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