Flinders Extreme

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I just called to say I.........................

Down for a couple of days to sort out some business in Pboro and then back to Beltana. Have been off the air for 10 days as phone connection in bush and my laptop are not compatible. Been a good break so far...hahahahaha

Have scanned the 8 pages of forum diatribe and all looks good. Roachie is still at it, Baz has survived the High Country, Wolfie and Mr Diamnond are still bored and Eric has a vexing question?

Last Friday the Manager of Warraweena Station and I, did the Mt Gill - Hard Yucca 4x4 Trail. He had not been there since May when the Landrover Club of Victoria assisted him with the setting out of the trail. It is a really good drive following down narrow creeks and climbing ridges and saddles to reach 914metres ASL at the summit of Mt Gill. The views are absolutely stunning. Mostly low range work and the 36km trail took us 6 hours to complete. He was in a Hilux and me in old Rosie. The old truck sucked some juice though but it powered up most of the inclines in third gear and down hill in 2nd with a bit of brake feathering every so often.

The trail will be opened around September and access is by key(and a fee) with some restrictions......High clearance vehicles only, No roof racks, No protruding Towbars, No underslung spare wheels, Minumum AT tyres, Experienced drivers only..............panel and tyre damage is a risk factor.

I will be uploading the Trek Notes to Michelle within the next few days. Next week I will be doing more of the private treks in the Flinders and uploading them to this site.

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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 15:31

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 15:31
Hi Willem
Great to see you back, sorry mate l missed you on the way home you had already gone north.

Many Thanks for the hospitality shown by Judith and yourself it was a great trip will post details shortly.

Kind Regards
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 15:45

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 15:45
Hi John,
Glad to hear you are back safely and that a good time was had by all.
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 15:37

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 15:37
If there's one thing that sticks out on this forum......... it's Rosie's pic!!

Hope business is conducted satisfactory for all, and you keep warm.

Cheers

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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 15:49

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 15:49
Hi Wolfie,

How are things....brrrrrrrrrrr....not too bad up in the Flinders though. Ice was only 3mm thick on Rosie yesterday morning...but she started first go. Haven't seen any rain and although the mornings are fresh the days have been beautiful. No TV in Beltana but we have resorted to watching DVD's on the laptop all rugged up. Living in stone building with stone floors............brrrrrrrrrrrrr...again!
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Reply By: Allan Mac (VIC) - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 16:36

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 16:36
Hi Willem. Good to hear your back for a little while. The track sound interesting to say the least .looking forward to more info
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 16:58

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 16:58
Hello Allan

I hope to do a few more trips in the next 4 weeks and upload them to Trek Notes. Will let you all know.
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 16:44

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 16:44
Sierra 98, have you been using that HF to keep in touch with civilization. Haven't heard you report in or are you waiting for Rosie to let you down first.

Pleased to hear you are safe and well. Sounds like you're having a ball.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 16:56

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 16:56
G'day Ray

I have listened in once or twice but by the time my sched is on it is so bloomin cold that I disappear indoors. I will maintain a sched when on the Big Trip in September. Life is a bloody rush as I have to come down to Melbourne before going north. Hope to catch up with some of you then.
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Reply By: Baz (NSW) - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 16:52

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 16:52
Hey Willem, thanks for the phone call really cheered the girls up even if they did say who is Willem ( they don't read the forum) but after our incident things have changed, you might even here from them, sorry off subject sound like a beautiful place and fuel, got to worth it by the sounds of it, reckon the Explorer would make it. Good to hear from ya mate.

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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 17:05

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 17:05
Hello Baz,

Glad to hear you made it back home safely. Had a quick look at your pics and it looks cold just like it is here in Pboro. I expected to see the truck in a real bog :-) Never mind, I am sure you will be upgrading the truck with new tyres, suspension etc etc.....hahahaha

Take care.
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 16:55

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 16:55
Great to hear youre back Willem, sounds like a lot of fun you've been having up there apart from the cold brrrrrr in-DEED.

I have been trying to keep an even keel since you ventured north and as usual we have wandered up and downstream bouncing off the banks. Roachie and Pesty have been good hahahahahah, but Constable Muddy 'Doe has taken them under his (strong) arm (of the law) and is nurturing their good sides. His work will be done in 2006.

Can wait to see the info and kempen.id.au updates
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 17:12

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 17:12
Hi Bonz,

Keeping an even keel with the likes of Roachie and Pesty is an arduous task...but I am sure you will manage.

I have to upload a lot of stuff to my website but getting it doen is something else. Am seeing my computer guru tomorrow. Will have my website uodated by the end of the year with lots of stuff. Now, no more pressure please :-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 20:25

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 20:25
Hey Willie,
Good to have you back....hopefully you can put a lid on all the CRAP the other blokes have been going on with in your absence. Heaven knows, I've been doing my level best to keep the rif-raf under control, but alas I've been fighting a losing battle.
It is now up to you and I to unite together in our fight against WEAPONS OF MASS CRAP (oh sorry , that was another speech I wrote for a foreign president).
You had me all excited about the tracks you were travelling until you said "no roof racks". I'd qualify in all other respects, but my roof rack is welded to the roof, so it stays put. If it's a case of no roof racks, then it's also a case of "no roachie"......buggar......
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 21:39

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 21:39
Hey Roachie,

Yeah sorry mate no fancy cars in tghe real country

I'll let you borrow Rosie for the trip. That truck of your is probably too heavy anyway...hahahaha

Look I haven't got time to set you lot straight again as I am going back up north on Wednesday. Maybe in September......................
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Reply By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 17:08

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 17:08
No underslung spare tyres? Might have to go on a diet to make it!

We will be around that area in September and it sounds good - but no roof racks?? Did you take yours off?

Glad you are having a good time. We need you back to clean up this site!

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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 17:20

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 17:20
Hello Big Kidz

Yes I had to take the roof rack off. If I hadn't it would have been torn off by rather large eucalyptus tree limbs. Yes and no underslung spare wheels as there is a bit of rock hopping involved.

Member msgs or email me your travel dates Andrew, as I will most likely be in Melbourne first week September. Maybe we can meet up somewhere if you are home or on your way .
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 20:15

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 20:15
Hi Willie,

I will look forward to your trip reports when you post them. The places you told us of have real appeal. Is our truck too high though?

Mate you lift the tone in here, as it seems some of your South Aussie mates really let you down. Just as well Muddy 'doe keeps em in line while you are away. Nice of him to come across to Halls Gap last weekend to meet up.

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Follow Up By: Muddy 'doe (SA) - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 20:24

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 20:24
Always glad to help John.

We constables have got to assist the Snr Sgts where possible!

Muddy
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 20:29

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 20:29
John,
You seem to have inadvertantly left MY name off the "list" of SA blokes who maintain a high standard on here....I'm sure it was an honest oversight on your part; so no offence taken....LOLOLOL Of course drongos like Pesty and Gerk are always trying to lower the tone, but we do our best to keep them locked up and on their medication. hahaha
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 20:33

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 20:33
..... yeah..... and don't the letters W O L F work on your puter?

LOL!!

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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 22:58

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 22:58
Muddy,

sort of thought I was just a glutton rather than a Snr Srg, especially the dinners I have done this weekend.

But Rioachie I have already labelled you one of the "Ultimate People" mate. I thought that nearly qualified you for a form of decency.

If I was to type in the letters in the sequence of the Lone W**f below, the virus checker would bounce out at me. LOL Demand I took even more pills to quieten me down. Hhahahha I can work those letters into fowl, or flow but never the suggested sequence. Sorry!
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Reply By: Member - Rick (S.A.) - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 20:54

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 20:54
G'day,

Thoght you might like to know that Keith Conlon's TV program 'Postcards' was at Waraweena tonight on Channel 9. he was talking about Operation bounceback, principayy. But he gave the whole place a good plug, along with Stoney.

I'm tempetd to say Bugger, but I won't. I love to share.

There's a reason you were feeling cold - it is cold! FYI here's the weather info from Leigh Creek.

Date Day Temps Rain Evap Sun Max wind gust 9 am 3 pm
Min Max Dir Spd Time Temp RH Cld Dir Spd MSLP Temp RH Cld Dir Spd MSLP
°C °C mm mm hours km/h local °C % 8th km/h hPa °C % 8th km/h hPa
1 Th 5.7 19.9 0 13.4 59 ESE 7 1023.3 18.7 36 WNW 13 1020.6
2 Fr 11.0 19.6 0 N 33 14:04 13.9 58 Calm 1023.0 19.2 35 N 20 1018.8
3 Sa 5.2 22.7 0 12.7 45 N 15 1015.7 22.5 20 NNW 43 1011.1
4 Su 6.5 15.6 0 SSW 28 15:01 9.6 82 SSE 6 1020.8 15.2 40 SSW 15 1019.5
5 Mo 2.3 16.7 0 WSW 30 14:08 9.1 68 SE 6 1025.5 15.8 31 SW 17 1023.6
6 Tu 2.7 16.5 0 S 24 16:14 8.5 67 Calm 1025.6 15.6 46 SSW 15 1023.1
7 We 2.6 17.2 0 SW 26 12:20 8.0 69 Calm 1026.0 16.8 38 SSW 11 1023.2
8 Th 6.4 15.2 0 N 54 12:38 12.9 49 NNE 28 1022.3 13.3 51 N 28 1019.1
9 Fr 9.8 20.3 2.2 NNE 54 11:10 14.1 44 NNE 30 1019.8 19.5 25 N 33 1016.5
10 Sa 5.9 20.6 0 NNW 35 15:26 11.3 60 S 2 1020.0 19.9 32 N 19 1017.7
11 Su 6.2 16.3 0 SSW 39 13:35 10.4 78 SE 6 1023.6 15.0 56 SSW 26 1022.3
12 Mo 2.2 15.3 0 S 31 17:19 8.4 85 SE 2 1028.1 14.8 52 SW 19 1026.4
13 Tu 2.1 15.4 0 SW 30 17:22 7.1 80 E 2 1030.3 14.8 43 S 13 1027.3
14 We 2.4 15.6 0 S 30 14:22 9.0 74 SSW 4 1030.9 15.3 42 SW 15 1028.0
15 Th 0.2 15.3 0 WSW 20 16:03 6.4 67 Calm 1030.6 14.8 36 SE 4 1027.1
16 Fr 0.1 15.5 0 SSW 50 19:48 5.7 68 SSE 2 1028.9 15.1 39 SW 26 1026.1
17 Sa 2.8 14.0 0 S 39 00:18 6.9 69 SSW 20 1033.8 13.3 32 SSE 19 1032.5
18 Su 3.8 0 7.8 54 SE 17 1036.1 13.1 32 SSE 15 1033.7
Statistics for the first 18 days of July 2004
Mean 4.3 17.2 9.7 65 8 1025.8 16.3 38 19 1023.1
Lowest 0.1 14.0 0 5.7 44 Calm 1015.7 13.1 20 SE 4 1011.1
Highest 11.0 22.7 2.2 # 54 14.1 85 NNE 30 1036.1 22.5 56 NNW 43 1033.7
Total 2.2

Pity the table does not come out clearer, but lowest was 0.1 on Friday 16th.

(for those unaware, Willem is staying in Beltana, once a lively Flinders Ranges town, with schools & hote, missions -aka Smith of Dunesk. It is now effectively a ghost town. If you want to read more about Beltana, see Flinders Ranges Research site on the web.

Leigh Creek is about 33 Km N of Beltana, and the closest weather station to Willie.

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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 21:35

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 21:35
Hi Rick

I saw the program this evening by chance. Hasn't really felt that cold at Beltana but it is pretty bloody cold here in Pboro!
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Reply By: Member - Jiarna (SA) - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 23:01

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 23:01
Hi Willem
Good to hear from you again. I'll have to take the roofrack off again!!
I'd like to update my rig pic now that I've done a few more additions, but my youngest dropped the digital camera down the toilet while taking a photo - what she was photographing, I wasn't game to ask!! Anyway, there went an expensive piece of electronics in an instant. So no new pics until I can afford to get a new camera :-(
Hope you're finding ways to keep warm. We're freezing up here too.
Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 23:39

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 23:39
John, Cant you claim it on your Insurance, the insurance company wont think you are full of s##t, honest!!
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 08:50

Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 08:50
Hi John

Bad news about the camera....must be the artist coming out again...hehehe

Oh well, very soon when it is summer again we will be yearning back for some cool weather.

Yep roofracks on that trek is definitely a No No as they can be ripped off by huge overhanging branches.
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Reply By: Troopy Travellers (NSW) - Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 08:01

Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 08:01
Willem,

Read your post with interest and checked out your Rig ;) can you enlighten me as to what are "bush slippers". Carolyn.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 08:25

Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 08:25
Hi Carolyn

You aren't the first one to ask the question :-) They are a pair of pre- used lambswool lined moccasins for use around the camp fire. I have resoled them with some inner tube and glue!!!
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Follow Up By: Troopy Travellers (NSW) - Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 08:31

Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 08:31
Well I kinda thought they might be uggies so I wasn't far out!!! I just love the colour of your 4WD you certainly could never be missed.

Carolyn
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 09:02

Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 09:02
Yes my old Rosie is very distinctive and I will miss her as very soon I am upgrading to a Troopy. Maybe I can find another distinctive colour vehicle.
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Follow Up By: Troopy Travellers (NSW) - Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 09:16

Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 09:16
A few Troopys around here have some great and varying stripes, not many are coloured. The MOTH here is rather conservative and I was lucky to get permission to have the EO sticker on it.

Carolyn
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Reply By: Nudenut - Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 08:25

Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 08:25
Howdy Willem, cccccccold at YYYYYYYYacka too over the wwwwwwwwweekend
must have been bbbbbbelow 0 as iiiiiiiiice was all ooooooover the gggggggground
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Follow Up By: Nudenut - Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 08:27

Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 08:27
Oh and you forgot to tell us that you called to say you loved us!
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 08:58

Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 08:58
You are very perceptive, Nudie

No wonder you are cold....walking around in the nude in winter. What you need is a bit of lard around that ribcage of yours.....maybe if you switch to white wine it will help.....hehehehe
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Follow Up By: Nudenut - Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 09:17

Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 09:17
yuk... white wine ...toffs/womens drink
me ..i prefer bold aged red's thanks.....or 2 or 3

will take my thermals next time to keep this trim fit and incredibly heathy body of mine warm as toast....
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Reply By: Des Lexic - Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 10:36

Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 10:36
The great Messiah speaks and the followers bow in humble obediance.
Hail Willem!!!
Still trying to get SWMBO into thinking about some extra leave to do a visit to Beltana but pushing it uphill.
You had better scoot to Clare tonight for dinner tonight with the Birthday Girl. Had Glenn, Michelle and James' pleasant company over the weekend and they are heading over that way too. You will need to go even if only to sort Roachie out.
No better here with the cold wind over the last couple of days.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 17:39

Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 17:39
Hello Mr Lexik...Been good lately? Yes we rang Maaaaaaaa this morning and sang a birthday duet....good grief! Yep, missed Glenn and fam this time but may catch up later in the year with them. Heading back to Beltana on Wednesday.
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Reply By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 16:11

Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 16:11
Willem & Judith - how nice to hear from you. Missed you - difficult to find someone to talk to who makes sense!! Fairly freezing up here also - 2 to 15 for past three days, but at least we have sunshine. Alice Springs was -1.5 this a.m. according to phone call from there. Wind fairly fresh again now. Hope you've heating in the stone house or have you ripped up and burned the tables and chairs?????
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 18:01

Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 18:01
Hello Ruth and Ian
Peterborough reached the dizzy height of 8 degrees today. Judith came second in the council election but she is not disappointed as she already has a very full program. There have been cold mornings in the Flinders but the days have warmed up nice.
I am now looking at being in Birdsville around the 20th September and meeting friends there who are coming down from Darwin. We will do a few trips in to the Simpson from there etc. After the Flinders will be going to Melbourne to look for another truck.
Hope you are doing well with the park and enjoying the season.
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