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Snow Run 15th & 16th July 2017

Discussion in 'VIC Trip Reports' started by Spooner, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. Spooner

    Spooner Well-Known Member

    Well the Trip has been run and done , Not like last years dump of snow but still highly enjoyable and Great 4xDriving :)
    Started at the Reefton Pub , via Smoko Ridge Tk and headed towards Noojee. Then via Loch Valley and up 9 mile rd.
    Sadly there was no snow , when we got to the Smurf House it did actually start snowing , which was pretty cool to see , not sleet just nice fluffy snowflakes falling down . Then we went to Mt Matlock .
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    Still sweet FA but didn't dampen our spirits :)
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    A bit further on it started snowing again . And came down constantly for a fair while , looked nice and pretty to see. And visibility was good ;)
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    Once we moved further away towards Mt Terrible the snow stopped. So we had fun on the tracks.
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    The Weather was actually really mild , light winds , snow showers , followed by burts of sunshine.
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    10 minutes after this photo the weather turned to shit and at Mt Terrible you couldn't see 4" in front of you.
    So we headed to Polletti Tk and made a fast B-Line down to the Pub at Kevington , where we all had rooms booked for the night ;)
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  2. Spooner

    Spooner Well-Known Member

    After a great feed and few beer's overnight , we had Bacon and Eggs for Breeky the left and headed of to Gaffney's Creek and took Gaffney's Creek Tk.
    The whole place was covered in ice and frost , all the puddles were frozen and the rocky sections VERY slippery , lol , Was a great drive from there up to Frenchman's Gap :)
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    When we got to Frenchman's Gap , was a little bit of snow from the night before.
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    Came home via Corn Hill Tk and Monument Creek Tk
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    Washed a bit of the mud off , but all cars will still need a good cleanup.
    Sad there wasn't much snow but still was a awesome weekend away , great people , great tracks , so much fun :)
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  3. phs

    phs Well-Known Member

    Good work mate,

    Still got a great weekend reguardless of snow
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  4. Spooner

    Spooner Well-Known Member

    Was a blast mate, Laugh a minute, All the cars ran well with no issues , only had a couple of hillside snatch recoveries .
    We did come across a Hi-Lux that was getting dragged out . Had no FWD and had ended up on its roof , but apart from that nothing else to report.
    On Sunday we never saw another 4wd the whole way from Gaffney's Creek to Big River.
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  5. Neat 60

    Neat 60 Active Member

    Looks great mate. Do you know when they put the concrete sleepers in the creek crossing at Frenchmans? I noticed them on a trip last week, last time I went through there a few years ago they weren't
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  6. mac_man_luke

    mac_man_luke Well-Known Member

    Looks like a great weekend - more snow than iv ever seen ;)
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  7. phs

    phs Well-Known Member

    Given the time of year cold and wet
    Staying at the keveinton pub and going wheeling from there is a great plan
    A few recoveries adds to the fun
    Unlucky for the Lux I gather they were not part of your party

    Well executed and great report mate
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  8. Spooner

    Spooner Well-Known Member

    Im not sure Anthony , but they were there early last year.
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  9. Spooner

    Spooner Well-Known Member

    Nope , but they were kind enough to let us pass and keep moving on , which was greatly appreciated on our part.
    It was pretty rooted but still running on 2WD only. Youthful Over Excitement the cause . There were about 10 cars in their group so no help needed.
  10. Spooner

    Spooner Well-Known Member

    Some more pics.




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  11. nissing

    nissing New Member

    Thanks for having us on the trip Rick, very well led and great choice of tracks was also great to meet such a great bunch of like minded 4wder's... :)
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  12. allanmac

    allanmac 4x4 Earth Contributer

    Great report as usual Rick....:). How was the meal at the pub?
  13. Spooner

    Spooner Well-Known Member

    Excellent Allan ,
    Huge steaks , beautiful !
  14. slivertoy

    slivertoy Well-Known Member

    missed out on a great trip, bugger :( at least you all had a great time, looks like fun
  15. Spooner

    Spooner Well-Known Member

    Anytime mate , A pleasure having you a Jo along for the ride :)
  16. Spooner

    Spooner Well-Known Member

    There's always next time mate , sorry you and Luke @Bomber2012 and Matt @discomatt couldn't make it.
    Would have had a ball :)
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  17. Spooner

    Spooner Well-Known Member

    We took another run up there today , just to see if anything was left from earlier this weeks dump.
    Came up through Big River , Monument Ck / Corn Hill Tk then back to Mt Matlock.
    Was still snow left but really just a giant melt after a few days. Good covering at Corn Hill and Frenchman's Gap , the rest of it was just mud and slush all the way .
    One thing we did find disturbing was a group of youngster's in a shitter 80 series at Frenchman's Gap , had a raging fire going and decided to drive off and leave it unattended ??? Snow on ground or not , Its not that cold and still been a dry winter . Stupidity and Ingnorant . We came up behind them as they left
    and Jean noticed the flames 1 foot high . How hard is it to put it out really ? Took us 5 mins with all the snow on the ground. Dickheads. I Shake my Head ?
    Apart from that was a great day out :)
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  18. Neat 60

    Neat 60 Active Member

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