Lower Border Track Trip Report 23rd-25th April 2016

TPSSATPSSA Senior Member
edited May 2016 in SA
Hi All,

Just a quick report on the UACSA Lower Border Track trip on 23rd-25th April.

We met in the main street of Crafers at 8am on Saturday morning, to be greeted by Daniel [MENTION=4823]sunjizzle[/MENTION], Rhett [MENTION=4406]Volkarok[/MENTION], Shaun [MENTION=3026]Slickrok[/MENTION], Ian in the Maverick and Jake in the GU Patrol. It was a quick hello and we were off onto the freeway, cause it was freezing!

First stop was Tailem Bend to fuel up for some, then onto Tintinara for our last fuel stop before entering Mt Rescue National Park just outside of Tintinara. We aired down, and wound our way through the tracks until we made it to My Rescue look out for a quick lunch stop. So far the tracks were dry, dusty and a little bit scratchy, but nothing too challenging. The run through the park to the Bordertown-Pinnaroo road was more of the same, dry dusty tracks that zigged and zagged its way through, however some large bog holes from 2015 had been filled in much to my disappointment.
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We hit the Bordertown-Pinnaroo bitumen road and headed north 7km to the turn off into Ngarkat National Park on Shaugh Track. A quick coffee break before the track's that would head east all the way to the border and ultimately The Border Track! Again, this was pretty uneventful for most of us, just having to keep an eye out for roots that stuck out into the track. One particular root managed to spear itself up into the undercarriage of my Rok wedging between the fuel tank and the floor pan. Luckily it missed anything vital and after a bit of work it was removed. Once onto the Border Track, we headed south to the Red Bluff Camp Ground for our first overnight stop.

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The next morning we wanted a head start on the rest of the campers at Red Bluff so we were up nice and early, out of camp by 9am and onto the Border Track to tackle our first real obstacle, the sand dune called "The Play Ground". Basically its a bloody big dune with 5 options to choose, ranging from hardest on the left to the chicken track on the right. Needless to say we all chose the left track :) I made it up and over with the "Deep Digger" mud terrains at 18psi. Next was Shaun in the 110 Defender, just getting stuck at the top needing a max trax to get him that last 1m! Daniel gave it a good go, but was caught short by 1m needing the max trax to get him up and over that last bit. Ian was the same, and Jake needed a little help as well. The there was Rhett...... he seemed determined to hit the dune at a crawling pace demonstrating that you don't need speed to make it up and over. As he sailed up and over with little effort, I don't mind saying I was impressed. Nice work mate.

The track changed from open country to more Mallee scrub with brush bush's crowding the track. This is where the big bog holes started to appear, the first one was a REAL car swallower.... I oted to go around and give it a miss, but this was just the challenge that Shaun in the 110 Defender was looking for. He plunged into the mud with great confidence, only to get stuck spinning all 4 wheels.
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The bog holes started coming thick and fast, albeit they weren't full of water like you'd expect in winter, but the mud was still there. Almost all of us had a shot at one of the bog holes, getting through or getting stuck. It was all good fun!

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We stopped in at Bordertown for lunch, and a civilized toilet stop for the girls. Then it was onto Little Dessert National Park for more tracks, bog holes and exploring.

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Saturday nights camp in Little Dessert was great, we used Ian's drag chain to source some massive logs for the fire, we all set up our various camp set ups and settled in for the night. It was cold so the big fire was appreciated. Tales of big bog holes, 33" v 31" and solid axle v IFS was the banter around the fire. It was then that Rhett pointed out that my car was strangely clean compared to the others.... due to my avoiding some of the biggest mud holes, and that's where my new nick name was born "Cleany Mc Clean Face" I wasn't bothered, I was more concerned about my mud flaps that were now covered in dust where 2 days ago they were freshly cleaned and silicone sprayed!

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Sunday morning and we slowly entered the day with coffee, breakfast and the smoldering remanence of last nights fire. We all packed up, and set off to explore Little Dessert National Park, in particular Mt Moffatt Track. This track was a cracker, we managed to fine quite a few muddy sections that tested us all.

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Well by now we were all ready to air up and head for home. We exited the National Park and lobbed into Frances to have a bite to eat and a beer at the pub. Rhett and Jake had a few flat tyres issues to deal with, but all in all it was little damage considering the country we had just covered.
What a great trip, and what great people to share it with. Thanks guys and girls, looking forward to the next UACSA trip soon!!

Cheers Tim.

Comments

  • MarkVMarkV Supporting Member
    edited May 2016
    [MENTION=2896]TPSSA[/MENTION] Great photos Tim. Well put together :D
  • WingnutR32WingnutR32 Senior Member
    edited May 2016
    That was a good read with good photos, well done to all involved.
  • fishofisho Forum Addict
    edited May 2016
    Thanks Tim.
    ALL the photos show the defender and patrol being winched out and only one with a rope tied to a Rok. Is that because the Rok is so good or because you guys didn't give it a go (cleany mcclean face) :D
    Great pics.
  • TPSSATPSSA Senior Member
    edited May 2016
    fisho wrote: »
    Thanks Tim.
    ALL the photos show the defender and patrol being winched out and only one with a rope tied to a Rok. Is that because the Rok is so good or because you guys didn't give it a go (cleany mcclean face) :D
    Great pics.

    Ha Ha, well yes and no...... I must say that Shaun in the Defender gave EVERYTHING a go, some he got stuck and some he made it. I chose to give the big mud holes a miss as I've done the Border track a few times before and knew there was some good stuff coming in Little Dessert National park (plus I don't like the clean up very much!)
    The true secret to all the cars getting through was tires and a little bit of lift. The only reason the Defender and Patrol got stuck was clearance from the diff's. Bigger wheels/tires would fix this. An interesting point bought up by [MENTION=4406]Volkarok[/MENTION] was the "toboggan-ability" of the Amarok compared to the Maverick/Patrol/Defender. Our Amaroks had a bit of lift and 32" or 33" which made all the difference, but the solid axle cars seemed to get stuck on the pumpkins a bit...... Interesting?

    Anyway, at the end f the day it was a good trip and we all had a ball playing in the mud!

    Cleany Mc Clean Face out :)
  • SAROKSAROK Posting Freak
    edited May 2016
    Hey Tim, thanks for taking the time to write up this cool trip report. Makes interesting reading from my hospital bed! Hope to join you guys soon out on the tracks, Cody is keen to catch up with Riley again, cheers Dave


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  • MarkVMarkV Supporting Member
    edited May 2016
    SAROK wrote: »
    Hey Tim, thanks for taking the time to write up this cool trip report. Makes interesting reading from my hospital bed! Hope to join you guys soon out on the tracks, Cody is keen to catch up with Riley again, cheers Dave


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    Hope you are OK Dave, and whatever it is, get over it quick. All the best!
  • SAROKSAROK Posting Freak
    edited May 2016
    Thanks [MENTION=2839]MarkV[/MENTION] had a bit of a rough trot last couple of years but we push on!


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  • TPSSATPSSA Senior Member
    edited May 2016
    SAROK wrote: »
    Hey Tim, thanks for taking the time to write up this cool trip report. Makes interesting reading from my hospital bed! Hope to join you guys soon out on the tracks, Cody is keen to catch up with Riley again, cheers Dave


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    Hi Dave, sorry to hear your in hospital mate. I hope you get better soon, so we can all catch up again and get our cars dirty (cause I know we both love cleaning our Rok's almost as much as driving them)
    I reckon the boys would hit it off on a 2-3 day trip somewhere.
    All the best mate.
    Cheers, Tim.
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