The Pilbara is a harsh mistress ( & she can dish out tough love!)

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Ok, it's taken me just on six years but I finally got around to stitching a few pieces of video together around Al and my near fatal hike across the Broadhurst Ranges in Rudall River National Park. Man that was a tough one with a few lessons learned believe me. We also found quite a few good things along the way including some art sites and several spectacular pools. Enough talking about it, you can see it on this video of out outward journey.




The updated blog is here;

Mick and Al's death march of discovery


Mick and Al's Death March Part 2

Cheers Mick




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Reply By: laurie b1 - Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 22:51

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 22:51
Thank you Mick for showing us these videos of the very special places out there. I really enjoy them and wish I was there.
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Follow Up By: Mick O - Friday, May 15, 2015 at 22:57

Friday, May 15, 2015 at 22:57
Cheers Laurie.
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 23:37

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 23:37
Thank you for that Mick.
The Pilbara is our big trek this year. From the South Pacific straight across the centre to the Pilbara and the Indian Ocean. Then back.
A double crossing of our continent. We are really looking forward to it
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Follow Up By: Mick O - Friday, May 15, 2015 at 22:57

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Enjoy and travel safe Allan.

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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 23:49

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Mate ya own $100k plus of 4wd, haven't you realised your supposed to drive not bloody walk! :)

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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Friday, May 15, 2015 at 10:39

Friday, May 15, 2015 at 10:39
Was thinking along those lines myself.

A bit like owning a dog and sitting on the front lawn yourself waiting to bark at the postie.

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Follow Up By: Mick O - Friday, May 15, 2015 at 13:13

Friday, May 15, 2015 at 13:13
Alright you two. You know that if it's generally too rough for the car, I park my corpulent backside on the quad and use that! Unfortunately, this country is just that little bit too rugged even for Big Red. Let me tell you, walking is highly over rated.

In 2012, I was exploring with teh quads, the southern side of the Broadhurst Range and tried to find a way through to Explosion and Circular cliffs from there. It was near impossible and couldn't be done from the south. I reckon I might need to come in from the east. Rest assured I won't be walking it ;-)

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Reply By: Bushranger1 - Friday, May 15, 2015 at 07:34

Friday, May 15, 2015 at 07:34
Thanks Mick,
Awesome video of the country out that way. One of the few spots we have not seen in our great land. Really inspired to get out there & put on the hike boots.
Have a 4wd but always like to get out for a few nights with the Backpack too.

Spent 7 days out in the Bungles hiking the remote gorges & let me tell you viewing the stars from inside the gorge is a sight to behold. Had the whole place to ourselves until 7.00 am when the bloody helicopters started flying overhead!

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Follow Up By: Mick O - Friday, May 15, 2015 at 13:28

Friday, May 15, 2015 at 13:28
You won't have troubles with helicopters out here Stu. I stumbled across a video from a bloke named Alan Bradshaw who had hiked into the same area from the south. he parked his vehicle along the Rudall River itself. Man he did it tough as well. I'll try and find that on You tube and link it.


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Follow Up By: AlanTH - Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 11:49

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Had the same thing ourselves a couple of years ago, dust and noise from planes and choppers and then along came some students doing a survey....."What do you think of the aboriginality of the park"?
I thought they were jesting but no it was all part of their degree to ask stupid questions.
Mitchell Falls the same, chopper every 6 minutes taking off/landing made the camp during the day very noisy.
Still I suppose the fees/royalties paid to various groups made it all worthwhile.
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