Flinders Over Easter

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 15:44
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Hi all

Just finshed unpacking from an easter trip to the flinders.

Camped down in the Brachina East grounds great spot on the creek clean long drops good camp fire rings and wow did the Red wine taste good under the stars.

Sky trek on friday was good with some nice climbs and great seenery chages along the way the history was interesting too. The track it self was not that challenging how ever it was very enjoyable. Skull rock added to the time there and was good but not overly impressive.

Saturday was Arkapena which was far more challenging as a track and offered some spectacular views. It was rated 3 hours took us 4.5 by the time we stopped in a creek bed in the shade for lunch and took in all the veiws. This was rated the top track of the three we did in the Flinders and is one I highly recommend.

Sunday was the oratunga track out of of blinmen. A track with some good climbs and great views. The only thing I didnot enjoy was the rocks every where, yea I know it's the flinders but rocks like this on a track was increedaabule both cars had chips out of the tyres (ok mine are still road bias but I'm 1 more chicp closer to a new set) and the AT's were lso sliced. even the low lying tracks were covered in rocks it was 4 hours of rocks turning up and dinting the alloys and hitting the under body (gee dulls a 4 in lift would fix that what da recon I ring ARB when I get home) The property offered a range of seenery that was very enjoyable. So would I do it agian? with a set of BFG's AT's or Muddies and a 4in lift you bet ya.

When I get down on my knees and pray to night I will be asking the big fella up stairs why he was in such a hurry to get his son out of the tomb and extra couple of days would have made easter so much more fun.

See ya under the stars

Trev

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Reply By: Barnesy - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 16:33

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 16:33
Good to see you enjoyed the trip, many people even from Adelaide have never been and will never go to the Flinders which is a shame.

When you do extend the 4wd capabilities of your fourby head up to Waraweena conservation park north of the National park. Only high clearance fourby's can get in there and that's the way the manager wants it to stay. Magical place when you have the whole camp site and half a mountain range to yourself.

Went to Innamincka for easter with 4wd club, some weren't impressed by the desert and left early. It's a vast area and it amazes me that aboriginals used to live there, walking on those rough sharp gibbers in BARE FEET!

Barnesy
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Reply By: Aandy(WA) - Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 19:55

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2006 at 19:55
Trev, since you are having so much tyre trouble, you should lower your tyre pressures and modify your driving technique on rocky terrain. Talk to locals and you'll find they all reduce pressure and take it easy - imagine the cost to them if they had the trouble you had! Some people will say to increase pressure but my response to this is try bursting a tightly inflated balloon and a partially inflated balloon and the answer will be obvious. Better luck on your next trip! Don't count on ATs or mudddies being any more resistent to damage and also remember that you will have to put up with the 4" lift for thousands of ks on the highway for a little gain on a very small amount of off road work. (Don't let "Dulls" read this!!!)
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Follow Up By: Barnesy - Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 01:14

Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 01:14
Good point Aandy, i run cooper discoverer st which is a hard compound tyre, i deflate them to 25psi when i go to the flinders. i do get some chipping and i got a couple of superficial slices to the sidewall during my last flinders low-range jaunt. I try to minimise wheel spin. i havent had a puncture yet and i'm hoping not to with the tyre's natural puncture resistance.
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Follow Up By: Barnesy - Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 01:18

Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 01:18
only have a mild 2 inch lift and quality monroe shockers on my GQ and have done all of the flinders tracks without raising an sweat. you dont need the big lifts unless you plan to do some specialised 4wding as your second recreational vehicle.
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Follow Up By: Trev88 - Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 09:15

Thursday, Apr 20, 2006 at 09:15
Thanks Andy could not agree more I run my tyres at 22 front and 25 rear as soon as I turn on to durt and even dropped them a couple extra when we hit the rocks. When we pulled into Sky Trek we ran in to a guy who was doing a 3 month trip and had a tread punture no repair kit and only 1 spare. Talking to him he had not deflated his tyres at all. but I bet he does now. I plugged his tyre which was still up at the end of the day (he was going to get a tube put in on the tuesday) so he still ahd a spare until then.

As for the 4in lift my highway speed is nowmally only 100 km anyway and if towing the camper then it's 90 as much for fuel as it is for saftey. Given the car now resides in the garage until we get away (company car as day car) the lift around town wont affect me much.

Still there are some drivers who lift a vehicle and then think they are driving a sports car?? dont figure

Thanks for the feed back it's alway interesting

Trev
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