This is a trip strictly for newcomers to 4wding. If you have pretty much zero experience but want to learn about 4wding, start seeing what your vehicle is capable of and be able to more confidently join trips, then this is the trip for you.
We will take a drive through Tallarook State Forest and tackle some terrain that will challenge you. There will be a little of everything from rocks to clay, gravel to mud. Depending on rainfall we may even have a shallow creek crossing.
I don't expect anyone to have any recovery equipment - I will have enough to cater for everyone. If you have it, bring it. Likewise with an air compressor/deflator. I am happy to share, but if you are equipped, please do come prepared.
This will be a full day of driving, along with a bit of an advice session on various techniques and practices in 4wding, including safe recoveries and convoy procedures. I'm not a driving instructor so it isn't a lesson - I'm simply imparting some of the things I've learnt along the way that may be useful for you.
The only requirements are a UHF radio (handheld is fine) and your vehicle must be a true 4wd with low range transfer. Ie. Not an SUV.
Stock vehicles are fine. As a group I want everyone to enjoy the day, return home safely and with vehicles the way they started - except for some dirt on them! And hopefully with a bunch of grins and new skills developed.
Please bring lunch/refreshments to cater for the day. Make sure your vehicles are well serviced and maintained as 4wding is arduous on mechanical components. Also bring toilet paper as nature calls when you least expect!
NOTE: THIS IS NOT JUST A DRIVE ON SOME DIRT AND GRAVEL ROADS! THERE WILL BE CHALLENGING TERRAIN BUT NOTHING THAT IS UNSAFE. YOU WILL BE GUIDED BY 2 EXPERIENCED DRIVERS AND WE WILL BE EXTREMELY DILIGENT. HOWEVER, 4WDING DOES CARRY INHERENT RISKS TO PERSONAL SAFETY AND VEHICLE ALIKE. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ACCIDENTS DO HAPPEN EVEN TO THE BEST DRIVERS, THOUGH ALL LENGTHS WILL BE TAKEN TO AVOID THEM.