Do not put logs in bogs

Submitted: Friday, Aug 27, 2021 at 10:45
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I was sent this photo from a Cape York tour I conducted several years ago. It prompted this post.

DO NOT PUT LOGS IN BOGS!!!!!
Here we are at Palm Creek, Cape York, removing all of the logs placed in the mud. I have seen them punch holes the size of your head through the floor of brand new 80K vehicles! I've seen them tear steering apart, break tie-rod ends etc. Carry a crow bar and shovels and reform the road by removing soil from the sides. That's the way we've done it since I was a child. I repeat, do not put logs in bogs.
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Reply By: Olsen's Tours and Training - Friday, Aug 27, 2021 at 13:53

Friday, Aug 27, 2021 at 13:53
On a similar note-
Safely crossing Nolan's Brook on Cape York when it is deep and soft, as it was here, takes a military style operation (2 hours for the entire convoy) to decrease the risk to cars. Even with all of the precautions and organisation, including a car and several people at the ready to quickly tow the vehicle out, it can go wrong. Never take deep water crossings lightly. This crossing was successful for the entire convoy.

Snatch strap is gaffer taped to the recovery point so water flow does not remove it. Yellow shirt ready to grab snatch strap from passenger window, guide on the right, third person ready to attach snatch strap to the tow vehicle which will move out of the way in the event of not being needed.
When we finished this crossing, one of the campers came over and congratulated me, saying "I've never seen a more professional approach to safely crossing Nolan's Brook." That was very nice of him.
We stopped offering the Cape trip in 2014. Do you think we should reintroduce the 21 Day Cape York Trip?

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Follow Up By: Member - John - Friday, Aug 27, 2021 at 17:38

Friday, Aug 27, 2021 at 17:38
G'day, can you supply an old itinerary for the 21 days tour and I will then be able to make an informed reply. Cheers.
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Reply By: Olsen's Tours and Training - Friday, Aug 27, 2021 at 17:42

Friday, Aug 27, 2021 at 17:42
Just drop your details here and I'll stay in touch and drop you the old itinerary https://olsenstoursandtraining.rezdy.com/2879/request-more-information-about-a-tour-training
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Friday, Aug 27, 2021 at 18:34

Friday, Aug 27, 2021 at 18:34
Done.............
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Reply By: Tony F8 - Saturday, Aug 28, 2021 at 07:22

Saturday, Aug 28, 2021 at 07:22
I've been enjoying the Cape since 1987, and done a fair amount of tags to the cape, I stopped doing them in about 2009, when I saw the writing on the wall. The Cape has became a lot more accessible for people, not physically, more so mentally with everyman and his dog, as well 4wd Action when they were going, All4Adventure and the likes posting vids on it. I still do tags, but for the QCWA public rural crisis fund, under the banner of "Doin it for the Drought Cape York" as a fund-raising rally, where the proceeds go to the mental health of Drought stricken farmers.
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Follow Up By: Olsen's Tours and Training - Saturday, Aug 28, 2021 at 08:31

Saturday, Aug 28, 2021 at 08:31
A great initiative too. No shortage of morons in 4wds and human excrement in campsites on the Cape in the years 2004 to 2014 when I was last doing it too. It's part of the reason I swore I'd never do another Cape trip but I guess I'm a sucker for punishment- let's see if 2023 is my last.
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Reply By: rumpig - Sunday, Aug 29, 2021 at 08:51

Sunday, Aug 29, 2021 at 08:51
The last time I was up at Cape York was 2006, I’m not in a hurry to go back there again with how many people visit it each year now…can only imagine what many camp areas would be like, Cambodia with it’s land mines is my first thought sadly.
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Follow Up By: Tony F8 - Sunday, Aug 29, 2021 at 09:34

Sunday, Aug 29, 2021 at 09:34
When I first went up 1987, there was approximately 3, 000 people a season, now it's 45,000 vehicles a season, and that puts a hell of a lot of pressure on mother nature, I noticed Roothy just put up a post on Facebook, "well seeing how the telle track is so busy now, here's some secret places on the west coast of Cape York" we'll that's now just more of the Cape getting trashed by the entitled generation
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Follow Up By: Member Kerry W (Qld) - Sunday, Aug 29, 2021 at 14:20

Sunday, Aug 29, 2021 at 14:20
These 4WD shows have a lot to answer for in the destruction of some once pristine and untouched "sacred spaces".
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