Some time ago, Paul Brennan, an LCOOL member from Sydney put out the word that he was interested in a trip up into the Brindabella's. Pete Ridley, an active ACT LCOOL member took the bit by the teeth and dropped it into the LCOOL ACT diary.
After almost a week of solid rain, (even up until Saturday morning), the trip was looking like a non-event - especially with the Brindies clay, rain, and steep slopes - a potent mix, which had tested man and vehicle only weeks earlier (but that's another story).
The cars, all lined up, and raring to go...
Paul, attacking Rangie Hill with his Simex Centipedes
Ivan, half way up, out to take a pic - it's a whole lot steeper than it looks (check the wheel arches - they are level on flat ground!)
Now help me out with this guys - I can pick the passenger - that's our Fearless Leader, Pete Ridley. But I'm struggling to pick the vehicle - with that roofline.... it's not an 80.., or a 90.., or a 100 - it's not even a 120... Pete - what IS that vehicle you're travelling in????
The top of Mt Coree can be a bit of a traffic jam - especially when the white Holden on the right has parked in the middle of the access track (he had L plates on - figures ;-)
Paul's 80 is pretty stock standard - NOT! - it featured in the November edition of 4WD Monthly
The view from the top of Coree, along the Powerline Track - that's where we're headed!!
One of steep sections on the way to McIntyres Hut - Paul's lining up for his approach.
Off he goes - the view from Schooner's car
Whether it's the 5" or so lift, or the 454 under the bonnet, that's an imposing sight - cameraman - you're in the way!
McIntyre's Hut, with us parked around. Ivan's Mum in the foreground - before the trip, she wasn't too keen on going - half way through "I don't want today to end!!" - not bad for an old gal, three weeks off 80 ;-)
McIntyre's Hut - front entrance
The boys are in town ;-)
The Hut's log book - Schooner signed on our behalf.
The supplies which have been left for those who might need them at short notice.. Not sure how long that bread has been there for.. Bottom right of the window frame is a two litre flagon of red wine - just maybe!
McIntyre's Hut is on the banks of the Goodradigbee - some trout in them thar waters.
Lunch at the rear of the hut - from L to R, Juergen, Schooner, Pete, John, Paul
Like father, like son - the boys off with *their* 4WD - what can we find...
A river crossing...
This is the old track out of the valley - too steep and no longer in use - not for our boys ;-) - what can we do up here..
Forward roll mid air acrobatics - not once, not twice - that truck survived - must be a Toyota!
The view back to Mt Coree - that was us at morning tea..
Following Schooner down Webb's Ridge Trail - as usual, steeper than it looks..
The Goodradigbee at Flea Creek - that's where we're headed!
The obligatory lineup.. from L to R.
Paul, John, Ivan, Schooner, Pete, Juergen.
Those boys on top of Ivan's roof rack - "Dad, can we slide down the windscreen??"
Ivan is squeezed into a LCOOL Simpson tshirt - Not his XXL (couldn't find it), not his wife's XL (couldn't find it), but his 9 yo son's Medium (but he IS wearing it ;-)))
The side approach - there were four campers just behind Pete - they would have looked at this group and said, "What the..."
The Goodradigbee at Flea Creek