Far North Qld Road Conditions Feedback

Submitted: Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 15:17
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13th June – Frenchmans Road
Crossing West to East. GU Patrol 2” lift and 75 series Troopy std height.
Just after the start we met a GU patrol and a 75 series Cab/chassis who had just come through East to West. They said we should get through but would probably have to winch up the exit from Pascoe River. Track good to Wenlock River.
2 km before the Wenlock River was a fork in the road. Left fork leading to nasty bog holes. We looked and went back to the fork and took the right track which by-passed the bog holes and lead to the Wenlock crossing.
Wenlock River just below bonnet height – easy entry and exit – no problem.
Track good from Wenlock to Pascoe. Approach to Pascoe crossing was steep, rutted and washed away. We both got down OK but would have had difficulty going the other way. Pascoe was deep – well over the bonnet. We both have snorkels and both ‘tarped up’ before crossing – no problems.
The exit from Pascoe was deep sloppy black mud, about a foot deep, then leading to a steep, rutted rocky and washed away climb. After a little ‘road building’ Both vehicles got through OK although the troopy had to stop in the mud and had a little trouble getting moving again.
Track good from Pascoe to the main road.
Neither vehicle has lockers. Patrol has 32” MTR. Troopy has 31” BFG A/T.
Very low pressures the key – Patrol at 13 psi.

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Reply By: Olsen's 4WD Tours and Training - Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 17:18

Monday, Jun 14, 2010 at 17:18
12 June.

We found the Pascoe uncrossable in our estimation. BTW the crossing is North/South not East/West. If coming from the west you turn south 6 k prior to the Pascoe and enter the Pasco from the northern bank.

In any case when we arrived, we found the south bank very sloppy and the water 1m deep. We considered the south bank climb in sloppy mud too risky, since if you bogged you wouldbe in very deep water.

My recommendation is to do the Frenchmans track from south to north, east to west, even then the crossing of the Pascoe is technical and deep.

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Follow Up By: Tonyfish#58 - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 18:18

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 18:18
1m too deep? Child's play :-)


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Follow Up By: Olsen's 4WD Tours and Training - Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 21:11

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010 at 21:11
1m is not too deep. 1m deep and bogged is too bogged in too deep. :-)
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Reply By: Member - Paul N (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 20:57

Tuesday, Jun 15, 2010 at 20:57
We drove past the end of Frenchmans yesterday (14th) after visiting Portland Roads etc. Found notes on the tree thatalso on the 13th a Prado had come through towing a T-Van and a Hilux towing an Ultimate.

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