Rain west of Alice

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 17:40
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Its not always hot and dusty in the Western Deserts.

It was quite warm (26) on Thursday last week, but we awoke early Friday morning to cold splashes on the faces from a bit of pre dawn precipitation. It rained all the way from Kintore to Mt Liebig.Image Could Not Be FoundImage Could Not Be Found
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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 17:53

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 17:53
Gees Bob,
We where in Kintore on the 02/06/2009 for fuel 4.30 pm.

We past a lot of water on the road and meet people that had traveled up from down south, and were in rain all the way.

We had some light showers on Thr's night on the old Gunbarrel hwy.

There was a lot of water on the tracks but most of the water holes where dry or low.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 21:12

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 21:12
Hi Richard,
I hope you made it to the to of the Sir Frederick Range and found our EO calling card from June last year in the old rusty tin in Rock Cairn.

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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 23:31

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 23:31
Stephen


No we (I) chickened out on the first level, travel on our own and getting to old for it.

But would have been great to get up to the top, to hard for me to walk because of the hip problem.

we used your trip note they where great help, it's good to travel today with all the technology.

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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 00:19

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 00:19
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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 07:53

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 07:53
Richard
The first pic of the water on the track was just north of Mt Wedge and was the result of the rain on the previous weekend.

These pics are of a previous trip to the SFR in May 07.Image Could Not Be FoundImage Could Not Be Found
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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 08:29

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 08:29
Hi Gents,
A quick question,

If I remember my Len Beadell history correctly the Sir Frederick Range is accessed from the Sandy Blight Junction Road.

Is this correct?

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 08:34

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 08:34
Hi Bob
Look what 12 months and fires do to an area. The worst part was that large hole near the lip at the top, I can still hear those large rocks making contact under the vehicle.

PS Hi Geoff

Yes you are correct, first gear, low range and point the bonnet to the heavens above and watch out for those giant rocks.

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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 08:48

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 08:48
Thanks Stephen,
Another for the "To Do List"

I remember Len talking about his first trip up there when making the road!

That must have been interesting to say the least!

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 09:10

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 09:10
Hi Geoff
The SBJ Track is a great trip to do. When you read Lens visit to the top, he used a different track, a little north east of today's track. All I can can he must have been mad without any backup. When you see the sheer slopes that he drove up, all we can can that he was a man on a mission and nothing was going to stop him and his trusty old Land Rover. We must all take our hats off for good old Lenny.

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Reply By: slammin - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 20:26

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2009 at 20:26
Ha ha, That's why I left. Too cold in winter. We found nearly every Queens Bday was wet and cold. Thanks for the pic's brings back some great memories.

We got smart in the end and went to the top end. Shirts and Tshirts every day. Mind you last night was a bit chilly we nearly got into the teens. : )
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