4wd books

Submitted: Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016 at 15:35
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I have been having a cleanout of books etc, and came across 2 4wd books called Gregorys 4wd escapes and escapes 2 they were bought as presents but never used, they seem very informative on all the trips that are in it, my question is are they any good? does anyone use them, can you still get them? they were done byJan Snelling and John Tait. I thought I would check before deciding there fate.
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Reply By: Athol W1 - Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016 at 19:53

Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016 at 19:53
Jan Snelling and John Tait wrote a number of books about 4WDriving and places to take them about 15 to 20 years back. The books did contain a lot of useful information at the time, but any 4Wd trips could be a bit out of date by now.

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Follow Up By: Member - Ian C26 - Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016 at 19:59

Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016 at 19:59
Thanks Athol, I wondered how accurate any of there books would be now,judging by your comment maybe, its time for the rubbish bin, they were a very interesting read though, would all the info and maps be in accurate to use now?
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Follow Up By: Athol W1 - Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016 at 20:27

Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016 at 20:27
The accuracy of the maps and trip notes would depend entirely upon the location of the trip. As an example there used to be (in the 1990's) a number of very good/interesting 4wd tracks not far from Ipswich (Qld) that have all now gone due to the development of Springfield and its associated suburbs.

Should the books be about treks in the bush, or desert, areas then they could still be reasonably accurate and useful.

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Reply By: Ron N - Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016 at 21:16

Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016 at 21:16
Ian - Hang onto to them for another 20 years, and you'll be able to sell them as unique and fascinating relics of the book era! - and get substantially more than the cover value back!! [;-)

Cheers, Ron.
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016 at 10:37

Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016 at 10:37

I also have lying around somewhere, a couple of 30 odd year old travellers guide/4WD track books.

One problem with trying to use them as reference for up coming trips nowadays, is that in addition to possible changes location wise, tracks that were open for unrestricted travel "back then" are either permit only access or now closed off for cultural reasons.

As an example, when we did the CSR 20 years ago, no permit was needed and side trips were just a matter of doing them. My understanding is that that has now all changed.

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