Pyrenees Gathering 2013 report

Submitted: Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 18:48
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Well this year was a bumper year for the ExplorOz Pyrenees gathering. With a healthy contingent from South Oz (including Jan from Prague and Waz from France) and a really healthy contingent from Victoria, there were 67 all up there on the Saturday.

This is the seventh year in a row for this gathering and its really one that people have taken to heart, I know that Imogen looks forward to it all year, you can’t keep Muzbry away with a stick, and Robin and Anne even conscripted Robins brother Terry so we had someone to clean up the prizes!


The SA guys headed off at 0830 (SA time) which is apparently different to Victorian time but I just think Blaze slept in and as using any excuse for his late departure. They found a great track which is featured elsewhere and whoever said a 200series can’t jump just needs to look at the pics on that other thread.

We, the Vics, under the expert directions of our group navigator Miss Lily (ten years old!) managed to find a un-named track that started out rough, then got rougher, and then it really got rough and challenging.
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Our new best mate PeterS found the transition to the bypass track too easy and managed to highside his delightful TDV8 Troopie, just to add the level of difficulty, every slip of the clutch pushed him closer to a tree and we could but listen onto the UHF for news of the progress. Septuagenarian Muzbry snatched him uphill in reverse to gain a more sure footing and progress continued to lunch.


After lunch our trek took up down another track that managed to claim a dent and slight remodelling of the passenger door, on a particularly gnarly section of the homeward bound track. Even Robin Millers showroom clean patrol took it slowly.


Miss Lily ran a competition for the time of arrival back to camp which was won my Member-MadCowz, following Miss Lily’s dismissal of protests, Boards of Inquiry and threatened hissy fits from GeorgeM and Muzbry in Tail End Charlie – Judges Decision is FINAL! She told them, I can still hear Georges laugh ringing in my ears.


The Saturday night Long Dinner was a huge effort feeding 64 (including three vegetarians) hungry explorers a full spit roast, and vegetables, including corn on the cob and delicious gravy. A HUGE vote of thanks to Terry Carpenter and Leanne, and Mrs Bonz for cooking the feast and making the night go so well, and also Skylar and Lily for helping with the serving! What a great feed! I think Matt, of Matt&Julie fame had a couple of helpings such was the deliciousness, and Julie, thankyou for helping clean up, you just can’t stop her helping and our great gratitude goes to her for being her.


We drew the raffle, with great prizes provided by the EO team, thankyou Michele and Adele, and then ran the traditional trivia quiz, mooted to be “Much harder this year” by someone who didn’t win! This was won by Terry Miller and GeorgeM, who tossed a coin to decide who won the major prize, a Lifetime Membership with EO. Guess I should have kept that 50c coin because EO have graciously offered another Lifetime membership for GeorgeM, so congratulations, both for your fairness and your award. Well done.

Sunday the weather turned out a peach and a short steep trek landed us back at camp safe with no more war wounds and a track cleaned up with a handy chainsaw.

Member TrevorDavid kept mentioning that those tracks would be a challenge to go uphill! Maybe next year mate!


A fantastic time was had by all, new attendee Stuarat, at least that’s what his name tag said, of Stuart and Gunny fame commented that everyone he spoke to was fine, upstanding and a great person, but I don’t think he spoke to the Dust Devil.

Thanks to everyone for coming along and pitching in and making the gathering the success it was, it really is the people we meet that makes EO a great starting point for life long friendships. Lets do it all again next year eh?
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 19:11

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 19:11
Looks and sounds like a great gathering Bonz. On behalf of the entire ExplorOz community, please accept our sincere gratitude expressed to both your and your wife Imogen for the energy, and passion to organise and host such a successful event in the name of ExplorOz. We are very grateful to have you and hope you managed to have some fun despite all the obvious work that would have been involved.

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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 19:55

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 19:55
Thanx Michelle, and thank you for your generous offer and assistance with prizes, I had time for one fun, and a bit of a rest, when I got back to work Monday!
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 18:37

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 18:37
I will mention to my daughter Imogen, that she's been mis-taken for my wife Michelle, I am sure she will be suitably horrified. My other wife Marie, had a great weekend too.
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Reply By: TrevorDavid - Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 19:51

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 19:51
Bonz........Thank you

Terry, Leanne & Bonzette ( Maree ) thank you for such a lovely Long Dinner

Fanbloodytastic weekend

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Reply By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 20:25

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 20:25
Gday
What a great weekend . I enjoyed my time at Grenpatrick again. I'm not to sure that the judges decision should be final, but until we can get some good honest judges that will take bribes , they will have to do.....Thanks Bonz for another good time....

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Reply By: Member - Murray R (VIC) - Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 20:25

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 20:25
Bonz
You did it again and organized another great weekend. Great report and photos also as also with Robins and Blaze's run down on the weekend.

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Reply By: Rob K (VIC) - Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 09:17

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 09:17
Hi Bonz and Robin,

Great read and sounded like a great trip. I might have to see if the other half and I can make it next year.

I'm planning a trip up to the Pyrenees in March 2014 with a few mates (one of the two annual trips we do every Labour Day and Queens Birthday weekend) and would really appreciate hearing about some suggested tracks in the area. You wouldn't happen to have a track plot of the "Gathering" trip I could get hold of for our trip planning? We've been there before and are looking for some new tracks to try. I'd be interested to see where you and the others went compared to our last adventure there a couple of years ago. If it's on the ExplorOz website, just point me in the right direction and I'll download it. Otherwise, could I ask you nicely to email the plot file to me, the email address is shown in my member details.

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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 17:09

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 17:09
Yes, he's given them to me so I can publish them in the trek Notes and add to the updates on EOTopo.
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 10:30

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 10:30
Have sent you a gpx file Rob

It contains 3 tracks we have documented and reccomend.
All leaving from camping point Waypoint labelled GLENPAT-RE.
All can be done with 32" wheels and 2" lift -see notes.
File includes some numbered waypoints which are mostly at track junctions.



1/ Big Bad loop -> a 6 hr drive with a lunch stop in middle at Waterfalls picnic spot.
In this trip there are 2 wpt marked Ruts rocks / and Rocky which are rutted downhill sections requiring care with likely hood of sill damage on standard cars but I drove undamaged with 2" lift and someone guiding wheels a bit. (not reccomended in rain).

2/ Glen Moonbeam -> a great 3 hr drive with spectacular views all 4wds can do without damage.
It follows a high ridgeline and ends at a lovely place for coffee/meals called MoonBeam cottages (also great place to stay - if one needs to accomodate relucant spouses.)


3/Unusal drive south around MT Cole - mostly quite easy with one Waypoint called Steep Down at a steep downhill section ok for all 4wds with care.

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Reply By: Member - Stuart and Gunny - Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 13:30

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 13:30
Bonz,Maree and others who helped.
Thanks for a great well run weekend.As it was my first rally i have been on with exploroz it was really enjoyable.All the people were friendly,the kids were amazing they were so well behaved and the dogs were great.It was a pleasure to meet such a friendly bunch of people.I think everybody had a great time.Thanks for making me feel welcome and i look forward to attending more functions like this.
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Reply By: peter s62 - Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 14:48

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 14:48
As a first timer to this Pyrenees trip I recommend it to others. Bonz and his helpers did a fabulous job in making everyone feel welcome, in suggesting tracks to drive or alternate stuff to do. The catering was excellent and night activities - trivia quiz and raffle - were fun and all done with people of similar outdoor interests of camping and 4 wheel driving.
Thanks again to Bonz, his helpers and to Michelle and David of Exploroz.
Regards PeterS.
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Reply By: Terry 80FTE - Saturday, Nov 30, 2013 at 23:34

Saturday, Nov 30, 2013 at 23:34
Thanks Bonz and the EO team for a great weekend,
(being a newby I didn't realise I was allowed input, or would have replied sooner,
at least it's still november)
Really enjoyed meeting new faces, the long table dinner, the drives and cleaning up the prizes lol.
Looking forward to future events.
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Reply By: MadCowz-lifemember (VIC) - Monday, Dec 30, 2013 at 17:09

Monday, Dec 30, 2013 at 17:09
As always it was a great, fun filled weekend. Our kids look forward to it each year, even more so now that one can drive the tracks legally. Our extended family were there for the third time and loved it too...
Brilliant job by Terry, Leanne and Marie pulling together a hot dinner for us all saturday night.
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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Thursday, Jan 02, 2014 at 11:38

Thursday, Jan 02, 2014 at 11:38
Bonz,

I wonder if anyone is keen for this at this years Pyrenees gathering? I was tempted to try it at the National but the terrain is not the best out there



Would be well worth the trip from up here to watch the action LOL

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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Thursday, Jan 02, 2014 at 16:32

Thursday, Jan 02, 2014 at 16:32
Could be a winner, doesn't look too dangerous?
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Thursday, Jan 02, 2014 at 16:39

Thursday, Jan 02, 2014 at 16:39
Michelle should be able to cover the Public Liability LOL

Just have to pick a track to do it on hehehe


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Follow Up By: AdrianLR (VIC) - Friday, Jan 03, 2014 at 14:51

Friday, Jan 03, 2014 at 14:51
Bonz, did you notice the title of the Video???.....Extreme BARBIE Racing!

Happy New Year to you both and your families.

Regards,

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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Friday, Jan 03, 2014 at 16:00

Friday, Jan 03, 2014 at 16:00
hahah the name of the video wasnt lost on me Adrian! Maybe next year, hmm still thinking billy cart derby, that could be another day gathering maybe ....
Happy Christmas and New Year to you too mate
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