Tea Tree Range Snow trip.

Submitted: Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 21:17
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If you are looking for somewhere to go for a snow drive it was great today up on the Tea Tree Range. Over 40 KM of tracks above the snow line up to .7m deep.
Challenging sections were around the side of Mt Selwyn and up to the helipad on Mt Sarah. Access from the Buckland Valley.(Porepunkah) Don't forget your chainsaw as there are plenty of dead trees ready to drop (Recent fires)
Cheers Craig :-))
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 21:49

Sunday, Aug 08, 2004 at 21:49
didya need chains up there? I am musing as to whther to buy some and use them when I get stuck on the otway hills also or just hire em
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 20:16

Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 20:16
Bonz. No we didn't need chains as traction was not an issue. Found it better to let the tyres down as for sand to get flotation and sit up on top.
15 psi stopped us digging in but I know some that will go into single figures with bead lockers to keep up on the soft stuff.
Chains give heaps of traction but dig down to the ground so if it's 70 cm deep most cars wont have enough clearance.They are great as an emergency back up so you don't slide uncontrollably down slippery hills but they can do alot of damage to a track so should be avoided offroad.
Cheers Craig..............
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Reply By: GO_OFFROAD - Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 10:04

Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 10:04
Chains are for ice, not snow, you need to get up on snow, not dig into it.

Chains have worked well in the otways, on what used to be open, but thier use is frowned apon these days.

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Reply By: Leroy - Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 23:55

Monday, Aug 09, 2004 at 23:55
Which way did you go in Crackles as the track I went on towards Selwyn I was the only one that went on it (snow covered) and the others seemed to be closed (according to Parks website)

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Follow Up By: Crackles - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 17:37

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 17:37
Leroy, we took the Mt Selwyn rd up from Beveridges Station to the 5 ways then on past Mt Selwyn & along Tee Tree Range road to the Heli Pad on Mt Sarah. We then backtracked turning right on the Great Dividing Range track then out via the Selwyn creek track. Track closures we saw were at Water Spur, Twin Jeep track, Dingo crk track & Sarah Spur is also closed down to Guys hut which hasn't been in previous years. Cheers Craig.................
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 20:12

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2004 at 20:12
Thanks for that. I went in via Buffalo Range track then onto twin creeks road which I just found out is closed!!.

Thanks for the info.
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