Getting close to desert trip time again, everyone, and ATS 4X4 along with some other equipment suppliers are happy to let me off the chain again, and give me some shirts and merchandise, so we can have another great LCOOL ultimate expedition.
So we thought we would meet at Ceduna Big 4 Caravan Park where they have the same amount of ensuite cabins available, as we have vehicle spaces on the afternoon of the 9th June, and do Googs track, before heading toward Kalgoorlie, Wiluna, and onto the Canning stock route, on a nice slow rest day filled trip to Halls creek taking in all the sites, before heading along the Tanami, for Alice Springs around the 30th June, for a nights R&R, and those who are pushed for time can head off, and those who want a short desert trip can join us, and then come home across the desert taking in some of the Simpson's best features we missed last year, on the way to Birdsville, before heading home via Walkers Crossing, Cameron's corner, Broken hill, and back to home, on the 8th July.
This trip will be limited No's, with some vehicle requirements, to suit being prepared for remote travel in the desert, with fuel and water to be carried for 1200km between stops with a 25% margin for safety.
Water amounts, vehicle preparation, and tyres, along with recovery gear and spares will be some of the area's where the checklist will need to be ticked, so we can have a trouble free run again. We will, like every year do a trip back, being across the Simpson heading home, taking in the scenery, so those who dont have desert experience, or remote travel, can tag along for the trip home, or they can continue on to see some of the attractions in the area, before making their own way home . This will be a great way, like previous years, for those who want to gain some desert/remote experience, to do so in the comfort of travelling with other more experienced people for the trip up, or back to this great region.
More details to come shortly, but you can register your interest, by emailing me email@example.com but be quick, as places are limited.
Regards Darren McRae
ATS 4X4 90 Fyans St Geelong Sth 3220
Phone 0352 216599
Fax 0352 231826
Update No 2
First, up, sorry for the delay, but, oh well, you get that ;-)
2nd up, thanks to Ceduna
BIG 4 caravan park who offered all LCOOL members a 10% discount on
the booking for our meeting point on 9th June.
My decision has been based on vehicle preparation, previous trip
experience, inc on my trips, and participant enthusiasm toward
attending, and thanks to everyone for replying, but please note, the
decision is final, though an emergency list will be sent out, should we
have anyone drop out who was selected.
Please note a lot of what is listed below are precautionary measures
and due diligence only, to ensure it is as good as it can be for all.
You will all need to advise personal details, including home and mobile
No's of those you may require to contact while away, and their names,
as well as mobile No's for each person on the trip, name of each
participant, and phone numbers and names for anyone they may require
for contact, as well as any condition that may be relevant for those
involved should anything happen, from a health/safety perspective.
health information can be sent in a sealed envelope if requested, only
to be opened if required, as all details will be carried by the trip
leader, in case of emergency only, and will be handed back to you apon
return/completion of the trip.
Please also note the location in your vehicle of your first aid kit
and/or medication as well, in case it is required during the trip.
[if posting sealed envelope mark as "ULTIMATE ADVENTURE 07
CONFIDENTIAL" and post to me at address in my sig line]
Our requirements for this yearís trip are pretty much the same for
water, fuel, food and water as last years Madigan line trip, with
everyone required to at a minimum a 25% fuel and water margin over what
they think is suitable to cover variables.
6 cyl petrol: 400 litres
6cyl diesel 250 litres
4 cyl diesel: 240 litres
1Hzzz troopie and 80series use 230 litres
turbo1Hz 100series use 260 litres
1HDFTE 100series use 240 litres
Prado diesel use 180 litres.
The fuel requirement inc 25% margin for lost/return/weather/soft sand/
Now, because of the type of trip, and the region, there will be strict
fuel and water capacity details to follow for your vehicle, as well as
spares required, and your vehicle will need a pre trip inspection by a
4wd specialist shop for such a trip and you will need 75%+ tyre tread
[non BFG tyres and Cooper arenít far off following this, given the
trouble they have been giving as well] full recovery gear, tyre
pressure adjusting tools, and pumping up tools, **sand flag 15" from
ground**, and enough food, clothing and equipment to be self sufficient
for true bush camping for the entire trip.
You will need to carry a minimum of 100lt of water for 2 people for
this particular trip, and if you require your home water for drinking,
showering, rather than use bore water, you will need 150lt minimum, and
you will need to add 50lt of water per person over 2 as a rule of
thumb, or 5lt per person per day. If your unsure what that may be,
please email me, and we can ensure what you have will be suitable.
Your mechanical requirements for this trip will be pre trip major
service/inspection, and spare parts and belts hoses oils shocks etc
Vehicle spares, like radiator hoses, heater hoses, belts, fuel filter,
wheel nuts and studs, axle bolts cones and studs, king pin studs, cones
and nuts etc, as well as anything which may be specific to your
vehicle, others may not have. If everyone has 1lt engine,
gearbox/diff/trans oil, then there should be enough should anyone
require some, between the lot to keep someone mobile. You will also
need to carry spare shocker washers, rubbers, locators, and mounting
bolts.The sponsor is able to supply these, if you require, just email
me with your requirements.
2 spare tyres
tyre repair equipment
plus anything you may deem unique to your vehicle which may immobilize
If your vehicle is auto and over 100,000km it will require a pan off
If your vehicle is a manual with over 200,000km, it will require a
clutch to have been replaced recently, or before we leave.
min 2 batteries that are in excellent working order preferably less
than 3 yr old, and starter and alternator checks, if the vehicle is
over 100,000km old.
No mechanical item can be left to chance, and preventative maintenance
will be way more important before you leave, than "she'll be right mate"
"rated" recovery points front and rear.
Sand flag which is 15' minimum from the ground.
The sponsor is able to supply these , if you require, just email me
with your requirements.
I would also appreciate it if everyone could email to say they have
received this detail and inc up to 3 pics showing how you have managed
to fit the fuel requirement, and water requirement listed in previous
updates, so I know everyone is set, without having to check at Ceduna
meeting point. Details or pics of your rated recovery points would also
be good please.
Donít forget There is also another trip, taking in the desert, and the
great trip up to the area, which is an adventure on its own, and would
be a great desert introduction for those who havenít done desert travel
previously from Alice Springs. [I can forward the details to those
Next item on the agenda,
ATS 4X4 has come on board as the event sponsor, as a supplier of
4wd equipment, tyres, recovery gear and recovery hooks, suspension,
sand flags, etc etc, they will be supplying the trip shirts [one per
car, more can be ordered] and they are also my employer, and are
offering LCOOL discounts to those attending, for vehicle preparation
and accessories, as well as providing the item which will be the first
prize for the trip raffle.
ATS 4X4, and I can be contacted on the details in my sig line at the
bottom of this page, if you have any queries.
Shirt design will be out this week, and one per car will be supplied,
with beanies, stubby holders, windcheaters, also available, and extras
will be able to be ordered for all attendee's also, with new colors,
designs, and donít forget you will need the stubby holders to meet 5pm
dress code requirements, as well as shirt/windcheater for social
occasions whilst on the trip to prevent gold donations to the RFDS
8-))))).[gold coin donations will be collected around the fire each
night, for those who have been noted as "non compliance" for any range
of what can be noted, with rules changing, and the truth not allowed to
get in the way of a good story as determined by sarge at arms each
Just email me how many, and what sizes you require with [SHIRTS] in the
subject to order ASAP. sizing is same as last year, but colors, and
design has changed.
[gray polar fleece with LCOOL and trip logo] $ 55
holders [black, or red, depending on time of day ;-) ] $10 ea
[red polar fleece with LCOOL logo] $15 ea
Shirts [black/blue LCOOL logo, trip design logo and sponsors $45
ea [one supplied per vehicle]
you will need a current Deserts Park Pass for camping in the Simpson
cost is around $60 for a renewal and $90 for a new pass. Ph 1 800 816
arrange your pass, because you will need to organize your own desert
park pass for the return trip from Alice Springs across the desert.
I will forward more trek details, and current desert info to the
attendees at the end of this week [yes, really, this time ;-) ]
ATS4X4 90 Fyans St Geelong Sth 3220
0409 513 549
0352 216 599
0352 231 826