Simpson Desert June 2014 - Any one want to join us

Submitted: Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 22:18
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My family of 5 are crossing the Simpson leaving Birdsville about 25th June. We would prefer not to do it on our own but haven't had much luck finding some like minded travellers.

We are in a 4.2TD 100 series., lifted with long range tanks etc.

If you or anyone you know is heading out that way we would love to here from you.

Bill
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Reply By: Les PK Ranger - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 09:16

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 09:16
Not sure how flexible you are, but 'pajero' (thread 108102) is doing solo mid July, as he had companions drop out.
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 10:14

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 10:14
Hello Bill,

Oh how I wish that I was available to accompany you on your Simpson crossing.

I have just viewed the video of your London to Tokyo journey in a 1913 Vauxhall. What an incredible odyssey and it would be great to hear you talk of it. Compared to that, the Simpson crossing in a 100 series will be like a walk around the block.

I wish you well and envy those who may travel with you.

For EO Forum viewers who may have missed it, go to the YouTube address at the foot of Bill's post for an incredible story.

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Reply By: Turbo 1 - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 10:20

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 10:20
You'll be fine on your own.
We've taken our very young family across a couple of times solo and with others and solo is so much better.
Presuming 3 of you are kids you'll enjoy the much more relaxed pace of setting/packing up etc.
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Reply By: Member - Keith B (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 13:54

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 13:54
Turbo 1 is spot on. I have crossed three times with my daughters when they were 3 and 5, 5 and 7, and 7 and 9.
There are plenty of people out there so you will never be far from support should you need it.
I have found that (almost) all that do this trip have a common interest and are very helpful and friendly to other travellers.
Prepare well, relax and enjoy.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 15:19

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 15:19
Hi Bill

By the sounds of things, this is your first Simpson Desert crossing???

If you are prepared for a remote desert trip, you will be fine. A long handled shovel and MaxTax will also be a great friend to have with you also and please make sure you use a sand flag and monitor channel 10 on the UHF.

My only advise for any traveller in the Simpson Desert is the correct tyre pressures. Get them wrong, and your so called great family trip will turn into a trip from Hell.

If in doubt, stick with 14 psi all round and you will be able to cross all the dunes with ease. Even though you are going the steeper sided way, I always prefer an East West crossing over the West East way.

If the night sky's are clear, prepare yourself for some very cool nights and mornings, with below zero common.



Enjoy the Simpson



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Follow Up By: Member - Allan L2 - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 18:06

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 18:06
Hi Stephen,

Don't wish to go O/Topic, but what is the reason behind your choice of direction.

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 19:00

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 19:00
I also prefer East to West. The eastern faces seem less eroded to climb. But both ways are good. lol
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham N (SA) - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 20:25

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 20:25
Just came back from a Hay River trip and the eastern side of the sandhills are more cut up than the western side ATM from Poeppels Corner to Big Red. There was a group coming from Birdsville toward us that were having trouble crossing some of the hills, but who am I to critisize they were having fun.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 20:32

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 20:32
Hi Allan

Firstly as Allan has just stated above, the dunes are not as cut up on the eastern side, compared to the western side caused by people using too high a tyre pressure and not realy having any respect for other desert travellers and the problem of making a complete mess of the dune faces.

Also it is a little more of a challenge coming from the east. Basicly the approach from the west is usually gradual over hundreds of metres with less of an approach angle, compared to an approach from the east where you usually have very little run up and the angle of approach is a lot steeper.

Either way, it is still great sand driving. I will now go through my photos to see if I can get a few images to compare the 2 approaches.


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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 20:42

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 20:42
Maybe it is just my state of mind. When heading West I am starting out on a long trek with anticipation. Crossing to the East I am reluctantly going home! LOL
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 21:34

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 21:34
Hi Allan

Here are some images looking at the various approaches from the east and west of Simpson Desert Dunes.






I hope this gives you some type of idea.



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Follow Up By: Member - Allan L2 - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 06:10

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 06:10
Stephen & Allan,

We are considering doing our first crossing next year so watching the crossing posts with greater interest lately.

Many thanks.

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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 19:22

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 19:22
Fair dinkum Stephen, how is a bloke supposed to go to work tomorrow after looking at your pics? Great shots as usual...
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 20:35

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 20:35
Hi Mike

There are better images of the Simpson than that.....lol

I would rather be at work than doing this again out there again....ha ha








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Follow Up By: Member - B1111am - Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 09:04

Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 09:04
Great photos! Now you have me worried :-) I am glad I am taking 5 pairs of hands to share the blisters around.
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Reply By: Member - B1111am - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 10:07

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 10:07
Thanks All for your encouragement. Yes indeed it is our first crossing. 10 more sleeps to go!
Im as prepared as I can be, much of it from this site.
Still it would be good to have company.

So firewood?....bring it from Sydney, Bourke or Tiboorburra or can you get it in Birdsville? Ive read a couple of bags is ok but what do you folks think?
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 14:35

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 14:35
Hi

As for your firewood, you will find enough for you nightly fire in any of the Gidgee Woodland that stretch until west of Poepple Corner.

Once out ofthe Gidgee, firewood will be a problem the further west you travel.

As you know, you are no longer able to have fires at Daldousie.



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Follow Up By: Les PK Ranger - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 14:54

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 14:54
I'd just take a bag of kindling and a couple of bags of hardwood, the 15kg odd bags from Bunnings are good.
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Reply By: oetkb - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 13:26

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 13:26
You probably already know this but just in case you missed it due to going to a desert, it's getting extremely cold at night out there and the little kids will feel the cold way more than the adults. We have thermals, flannel pyjamas and most importantly really warm sleeping bags and sleeping mats for our kids. I would recommend a negative 5 sleeping bag at least! We had water freezing in the bottom of pots last year. The sleeping mats need to be insulated. The cheapest option is a $15 closed cell foam mat from any camping store all the way through to a $300 deluxe exped mat. Just remember if they don't sleep, you don't sleep.
Don't forget marshmallows for toasting, kids both big and small love em!
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Follow Up By: Member - B1111am - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 13:44

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 13:44
Thanks OETKB just upgraded kids sleeping bags a couple of weeks ago.
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Reply By: Member - BrisVegas - Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 12:55

Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 12:55
If this was 2015 I'd be interested, but I can't make it this year sadly. Good luck and can't wait to see your pics!
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Reply By: RichieK - Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 15:23

Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 15:23
Hi Bill.. Hope to hear a trip report, esp on night time temps! I'm doing a west to east crossing leaving Mt Dare 13/7.. I'm setting up my swag on top of a camp stretcher so it will be off the ground and will have two sleeping bags plus woolen blankets! I'm sure it will get chilly but I've been itching to do this trip for about 35 years..

I'm sure you will enjoy the trip!!
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