Going the Anne Beadall Alone?


We are looking at crossing the Anne Beadall early June 11, does anyone have any advice about doing this trip on our own....some websites suggest it's not a track you can do without being in convoy, but from what I can gather alot of people are travelling back and fourth quite regularly.....any advice?

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Reply By: Member - Tezza Qld - Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 15:47

Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 15:47
No problems
I have done this highway a couple of times as a solo vehicle.

Bit rough the eastern end but a pleasant trip all the same. If you are self sufficient and able to fix any problems yourself with out relying on other travellers all the better. Good communications are a must. Sat phone is ok but we usually keep in regular contact with VKS in Adelaide via hf.

Enjoy your trip. It is one of our favourite journeys.

Cheers Teza
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Follow Up By: WorkhorseWA - Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 16:03

Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 16:03
Thanks Teza for your reply, we'll be coming via Coober Pedy end and have heard it's a bit corrugated, we tend to just chug along so don't really anticipate any problems....fingers crossed. We have communications so that should be fine, suppose it's a matter of try it and see and pray for no rain - everyone's idea of a challenge is different I suppose. :)
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Reply By: Member - Michael P (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 15:57

Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 15:57
I crossed east to west alone last October. Late on the third day I met my first "other" vehicle of three in total, I would think that there will be more travelling in June.
This is remote country & You must be totally prepared & self sufficient.
Would I do it alone again? Absolutely yes.

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Follow Up By: WorkhorseWA - Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 16:07

Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 16:07
Cheers Mike - don't know if there is anything such as over-prepared, but we definately try our hardest!!! I think this will be one memorable trip. :)
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 20:45

Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 20:45
Hi Workhorse

Like the replies above, we travelled the AB last August, the intention of a complete Solo trip, which ended up only 3 days solo. Providing that you undertake your homework and are competent in true remote outback travel at its best, then you will be in for a very rewarding trip.

We travelled from Laverton and on our second day met a couple of other travellers, also heading east. We camped the second night at the same location. Next morning we said our good bys and departed solo again. Making camp that night in the most perfect location in the Black Oaks, we again had the pleasure of the same couple of vehicles ( Hi Stewart - EO Member Black Cobra and John if you are reading this ), so we then decided that we would travel as a group for the remaining 4 days.

The most important thing is do not rush the trip, and allow a minimum of a 7 day crossing from Coober Pedy to Laverton, even longer would be better. Keeping you tyre pressure low will make your travel more enjoyable over the thousands of very good quality corrugations that you will encounter until you almost reach Ilkurlka.

You can read my Blog on our trip here on EO if you want a little more information on what to expect.

Have a great trip on one of Len Beadells great tracks.


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Follow Up By: WorkhorseWA - Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 22:31

Thursday, Apr 28, 2011 at 22:31
Hey Stephen, thanks for your reply, I will have a look at your blog and am sure it will give us some useful information for our trip. We are pretty much geared up and self-sufficient (as much as you can be without towing a semi ha!) We have done a few trips like the GRR (lots of vehicles around) and Kalumburu Rd, which weren't really a problem - thankfully (we tend to just tonka along). My main concern is the description of the "car destroying"corrugations on the ABH. We drove into Ningaloo Station a few years back and the corrugations were definately bone breaking, was only 30 odd kms of it and impossible to get on top of it , the track we took to Coral Bay was more of the same, hrs and hrs of it! Yet again, tracks like that is what makes the whole experience and memories I suppose.....with a bit of luck the ABH will also add to our wonderful travel experiences. Thanks
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Reply By: wombat100 - Sunday, May 01, 2011 at 11:36

Sunday, May 01, 2011 at 11:36
Solo trip Aug. 2006 in a Rodeo (4x4).
Had HF radio, EPIRB and all the emergency gear.
Preparation- Planning and Patience and you'll be OK.
Awesome trip so take your time. We were over 4 days before seeing another vehicle.
Do a lot of homework as to the history and the POIs in the area.
Safe travels !!!

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Follow Up By: WorkhorseWA - Sunday, May 01, 2011 at 20:49

Sunday, May 01, 2011 at 20:49
Thanks Wombat for your post. Unfortunately we don't have a HF radio (have looked at them and are quite costly), but will invest in an EPIRB and sat phone, plus contact the necessary authorities before leaving. Our permits are underway and maxtrax ordered! I think we'll also check the weather before heading out. We have a reliable vehicle with lockers and recovery gear (fingers crossed we won't have to use any of it) so am confident our 70 series Cruiser (08) will do the job just fine. Looks like a solo trip is no drama, as you say the three P's will be the key to a good or awesome trip. Thanks.
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