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Hey all,

I'm new to this site, but an "old hand" at the ausubaru.com site. This trip has originated from another that I organised from there, so here it is:

Over the mentioned weekend I'll be hosting a 4wd weekend in the Cobaw state forest, Macedon Ranges, Central Victoria.

For anyone who's interested either post here or send us a PM.

Basically we'll meet up at Carlsruhe Servo on the side of the Calder Fwy at 9am on the 4th. From there we'll head off to set up camp then go 4wd'n til it goes dark, head back to camp, enjoy the night then go for round 2 on sunday.


Byo everything. I'll have some recovery gear, chainsaw (to clear trees off the tracks) and some local knowledge of the area.

It'd be great to catch up with members. Day tripper's welcome too.

I'd also like to add that my car is an unlifted L that is pretty much bog standard. If you're not keen on taking your car on a particular track we can either meet at the other end or leave your subi and warm someone else's seat...

Any other questions post away.

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Hi Bennie,

I would like to join you guys. As I am new pie in 4wd driving, I just want to know whether

(1) The track will be ok for my subaru forester without any modifications?
(2) What is the difficult level of track?

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And by the way, can you post track map?

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And by the way, can you post track map?
Hey Charlie,

Track difficulty - basically its by judgement. I have not looked for official track difficulty levels for this area. I also do not have a map of tracks - I grew up riding my mt bike in this area so have a pretty good idea of where we are at times.

The way we do this event is if you're not keen on taking your subi on the given track we come back to pick it up/you meet us on the other side/leave it at camp for the day.

My L is unlifted and my daily driver - I prefer a "technical" track that requires the driver to choose a line carefully. We don't always find tracks like this. I'm sure your forester will easily manage the difficulty of tracks up there.

If at any stage you want to back out of a track there's no hassles in that happening. I don't want to talk the tracks up to something they are not and disappoint your expectations, but at the same time I don't want to talk them down and get you into a situation that you don't feel comfortable with.

You're more than welcome to come and test the waters and make up your mind as to wether or not you want to 4wd your subi - if you want to go home there's no worries about that. If you just want to come and camp for the night and meet some like minded people you're welcome to do that too.

If you want to check out the area, google "cobaw, victoria" at www.maps.google.com.au There's a "street view" on some of the roads up there that I find surprising.

I hope this helps you out in a decision - I also hope to see you there.

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G'day again,

Anyone who's going to show this coming saturday (04OCT08) could you please post here or send me a PM so I can confirm numbers for the trip.

I hope I didn't scare you off Charlie

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Hi Bennie,

I will be in. But I need come out the same day as I have appointment on Sunday. Do I need to bring some camp stuff? (I have never done camping before.)

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Hey Charlie good to hear.

Bennie there at least one extra I thought it was going to be just the two of us.
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Hey Charlie,

If you're going to stay the night camp "stuff" will be needed, this includes:

Food that can be cooked on a bbq unless you bring your own cooking device/pans/ovens etc
Knife/spoon/fork/plate/cup/tea-towel
Sleeping gear/tent/mat
Deck chair + esky if one desires a coldie at the end of the day (most important)
Lunch/Dinner/Breakfast and Lunch depending on when you'll be leaving.

I'll have a fire sorted - wood is already collected, bbq is in place - utensils for this will be supplied. I think I'm sleeping under a tarp... the weather should be good, either way I'll be under the tarp

Toiletries - I'll have a shovel on hand.
Torch/head torch is a must.

Best if lunch is a no cook meal or pre-prepared meal that can be eaten cold as we'll most likely be out and about rather than near a bbq.

If you'll only be joining us for a day trip you'll just need your lunch for during the day.

For 4wd'n:

- Recovery gear = snatch strap at least, with a D shackle or two. Hand winch, chain...
- Tools just in case
- Assorted spare bits and pieces if you wish (we won't be that far away from civilisation that this is a must)
- Handheld UHF radio if no CB radio in subi. I've got a handheld that I'll be using.
- Camera -> still image or video, not a necessity.

If there's anything else you'd like to add feel free, I've done all of this off the top of my head.

So, just to clarify Charlie, you'll be meeting at the Carlsruhe Service Station at 9am, camping overnight and leaving sunday morning. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Kris, anything to add to the above list? A cook maybe?! Hehehe...
Well, 3 subi's is better than 2 I wonder if there'll be any "sleeper" members that have not surfaced here but will on the day of the meet...

Looking forward to it. Tomorrow I'm wiring in a second thermo fan to make sure the 3 core is used to its full potential

Cheers

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Hi Bennie,

Thanks for all the information.

I will try to stay overnight.

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About the schedule,

yes i will meet you guys at 9AM saturday morning.

And I will stay over night and I gona leave very early next day.

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