VIC-Overnighter-Howqua - Mitchell's Trek to Fry's & Mt. Stirling then Craigs

Submitted: Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 11:45
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Any other takers on this ? 7 so far..

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Arranged By: Moggs

...one last weekender prior to the winter gate closures.

Dates: Sat 28th & Sun 29th May 2005
Standard: Good mix of Easy / Medium - some low range - trailers not advised. Some sections hard if wet.

Start: Saturday 28th May 9.00am - Mansfield BP for fuel and a meet and greet
Finish: Sunday 29th May mid afternoon - Craig's Hut

Saturday: Mansfield to Sheepyard Flat via Howqua Track, then Brock's Road past Tunnel Bend onto Upper Jamieson Hut, Low Saddle Road / Mt. Sunday Road through Wren's Flat onto Mitchell's Flat for lunch. Then on past the old shale mine and Tobacco Flat to Fry's Hut / Flat to set up camp for the night and to have a few yarns and beers around the campfire / camp ovens.

Sunday: Head off around 9.30am (or whenever we are ready) back along Howqua Track and along the Mt. Buller Road to Mirimbah, then onto Howqua Gap Hut. Then onto the summit of Mt. Stirling and onto Craig's Hut for lunch and home.

Trip will basically be Trek 1 from Boiling Billy's 4wd Tracks of the High Country on the Saturday and then Trek 3 in reverse to Craig's Hut on the Sunday.

All welcome - would be great to see some new faces :)
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Reply By: Moggs - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 12:02

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 12:02
LOL, just beat me to it. I was going to put a reminder up today....

....great minds and all that..... :)
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 12:54

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 12:54
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 12:28

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 12:28
I think I'm still in, I may have to meet you guys on Sat arvo as I may have a work commitment in the morning now.
Was on the phone to Eric yesterday he may be the same also.

Closures have started, I heard Davies Plains track is now closed ???? will have to check the parks site, not affecting this trip though.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 12:34

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 12:34
Yep 1st May Davies and King Plain Tracks closed.

Most of the rest the 16th June.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 12:54

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 12:54
check the date on the parks site, last time I looked it was 4 mnths behind (2004 still!)
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 13:25

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 13:25
Nah!!!! Bruce they got their act together, says 2005 now. LOL
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 16:54

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 16:54
Same every year Bruce. The 2005 list will be there till this time next year. For email notification when any web pages change I suggest using http://www.watchthatpage.com

One email a day will notify you when your specified pages change.

I've used them for a number of years and throughly recommend the free service, no hassle, no junk mail and no bleep
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Reply By: ChrisB - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 13:52

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 13:52
I am already going up that way that weekend and have unfortunately already planned a similar trip with work colleagues. Difference is, we are turning off at Bluff link road and heading to the Bluff. Then onto Bindaree road, Monument track and past Craig’s hut. Then we head across to Speculation road and up to Lake Cobbler – got to give the Staircase a go as no one of our group of 3 cars has done it before.

We’re also leaving Mansfield Sat morning and will probable be at Sheep Yard for morning tea. If you see a green 100 series, white GU and possibly a white 60 series as well give us a hoy and say G’Day. Would love to see some of the Exploroz faces.

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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 14:09

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 14:09
Chris, it would be good if you guys can catch up, look out for a sticker or so and a wheel cover for us too. Truckster followed along behind us last year to see if he needed to pick up bits.

A long range forecaster is now saying rain for the period leading up to it so here is hoping.
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Follow Up By: ChrisB - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 14:32

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 14:32
I must remember to put my Exploroz sticker on my car.
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Reply By: davidta - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 18:06

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 18:06
Hi,

Just noted that you intend to drive Low Saddle Rd. I was up there a few months ago, and more than half the length of the track is seriously overgrown - you couldn't get a pushbike along it without getting hit by bush from both sides.
It was navigable though. 3 very scratched 4by's by the end.

Just to be aware of - it may even be fixed by now.

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Follow Up By: Moggs - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 18:39

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 18:39
...along come the hedge clippers then ....not for me of course I'll follow one of those seriously wide Patrols thru :)
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Follow Up By: gqpat - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 19:47

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 19:47
Hi Guys heading that way also but leaving Frday 27th and coming in from Dargo across crooked and wongarra river were they meet ( was to deep last trip will try again) then to wonnagatta valley out through Zeka and on to Licola and Woods point to tackle Abbot creek and Abbott link tracks and then home should be back Sun arvo should be a great trip ranging from easy to diffulcult if Abbott tracks live up to reputation .
Did Grimme,butchers and blueplains at start of year were fantastic if anyone wants to come along let me know will be 2-3 vehicles ..
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 20:28

Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 20:28
BTT..

9 starters...

was up walhalla this weekend, dry as a nuns nasty up there :(
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