Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria - February 2020 magazine

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TRIP REPORTS Mt Disappointment - Australia Day 26 January 2020 By Tim Folliard Due to the fires through the High Country, a weekend trip north of Marysville was postponed and replaced with a day trip to Mt Disappointment. After a short drive from our meeting point in Wallan, Rick being delayed getting to the meeting point cafe due to a puncture, we were soon in the dirt. First up was Mill Range Road then Clarkes Road (4WD tracks despite being called roads). Despite the guide book advising driving Clarkes from south to north, previous experience is that any moisture in the track (and these south facing slopes can remain wet for some time) makes parts of this track very difficult.

Clarkes Road starts easily enough then begins to descend down to a valley and creek. The decision to head south proved correct when we reached the final 400 metres to the creek. The photos do not show how deep were the ruts and steep parts of the track are or how little grip there is. Concerned with his clearance, Peter straddled the ruts and got a lot of air under his Outback.

At the creek crossing, a few modified Patrols were preparing to climb in the opposite direction. On passenger found it too steep to walk up in thongs but the party headed up the track with a lot of revs and a few bangs from the underbody. Rick then turned his Subaru around and successfully climbed the section then returned. This track does not close but would be difficult in winter in either direction.

The creek crossing and some large drainage mounds did not slow us but a section of smooth rock tested the CVT Outback. A few attempts were made to climb this section of track before the Landcruiser reversed down and towed the Outback clear. This was the same steep section that a few vehicles struggled with on an earlier trip. When the Outback was stopped, the 16

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