Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria - September 2018 magazine

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September 2018 (Issue 451)

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Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. Reg. No. A—0006149J / FWDV Member

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CONTENTS About the Club

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President’s Report

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Vice-President’s Report

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Secretary’s Report

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What’s in the pipeline!

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Venue Report

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General meeting notice

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Trip and Social

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Long term future planning

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Four Wheel Drive Victoria Training dates

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Trip Adviser

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Treasurer’s Report

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Trip and Recovery gear

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Buy it and Sell it

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Committee Meeting

Pages 14 - 16

General Meeting

Page 17 - 19

Editor’s Note

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ABOUT THE CLUB The Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. was originally formed over 40 years ago by an enthusiastic group of Subaru owners. Today the club has expanded to include all Subaru 4WD and AWD vehicles, as well as all other makes of AWD, light 4WD and crossover/soft-roader type vehicles. The club aims to participate in the exploration of the Australian countryside without damage to the environment, vehicle or individual. Visitors are most welcome to attend the club’s General Meetings and contact committee members regarding participation in club activities.

The club relies on membership fees to offset its running costs, including insurance. Membership fees are payable each year, due on 31 May. Fees for the 2018/19 year were agreed at the general meeting in April 2018 and are as follows:


Single: $125 (Senior card - $115) Joint/Family: $145—(Senior card - $130) One off joining fee of $15 ($30 for Joint/Family) also applies All annual fees include FWDV affiliation and trip insurance: $52 Members who choose not to receive a hard copy of the magazine are eligible for a $25 discount


A trip fee of $15 per adult non-member applies (for insurance purposes) Please contact the membership officer for further enquiries Email:


COMMITTEE President: Mark Tyssen

Vice President and FWDV Delegate: Tim Folliard

Secretary: Martin Foot

Treasurer: Angela Bombardieri

Trip & Social: Tim Folliard

Editor (acting): Martin Foot

Venue coordinator: Mark Tyssen

Membership: Martin Foot

Resources: Peter Landouris (OM)


PRESIDENT’S REPORT September 2018 Good day all, As it has been some time since I have had active involvement with the Club, but over the years I have maintained interest in the activities of the Club and its people. When I was approached prior to the AGM, I was asked if I would like to be nominated for the Committee, to which I said ‘yes’ but I would not be able to undertake a position like ‘Secretary’ as I know the workload that can be required, as I am involved with another Not-For-Profit organisation in a couple of roles, some being Assistant Secretary of the Executive Committee (EXCO) as well as Secretary of the School Council of the Chinese Association of Victoria Inc (CAV) in Wantirna – which was established in 1982, a younger community Association than ourselves. I have been in their EXCO for the last three years, and involved with their EXCO and School Principal(s) since 2012. At our recent Changeover of Committees meeting, held on Monday 10th September, I appreciate and commend Martin for organising all of the new Committee, all of the previous Minutes of Committee and an Agenda with supporting literature, and as many of the old Committee to come to the meeting, which was held at the CAV School in one of the classrooms. In fact the discussions held lasted longer than a meeting of the CAV Ballroom Dancing Group held in the Boardroom. Individual committee members will catch up and be debriefed by members of the previous Committee not able to attend at that time. My involvement with the Subaru Club began in April 1993, joining the Committee in July 1993 at the AGM, taking positions of Editor, Membership, and Treasurer over about 9 years. At end July 1994 I was awarded Clubman of the Year. It was interesting to see the projects that had been initiated, and their current status, which previous committees have undertaken, all of which we, the current new Committee, all also consider worthy to be completed. These will continue to be pursued by ourselves in the new Committee, with some of us at present taking on additional portfolios until we can entice other members to assist us in furthering the common goals of our Club. On this Martin & I will talk about at the next General Meeting on 25th September. I am pleased to have other enthusiastic members on the Committee for all our common goals, and we hope to further enthuse all club members.

Stay on the track,

Your new President, Mark Tyssen.


VICE-PRESIDENT’S REPORT September 2018 After becoming Vice-President of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria, it occurred to me that not only have I never driven any model of Subaru, I can’t remember even being a passenger in one. But I can pick a Brumby from a Forester or an Outback or a XV. I am more concerned with getting out on trips, to places a standard car can’t (easily) get to with the confidence of having knowledgeable club members in support, a great camp site, sitting around an open fire at night and unspoiled views. Some challenging drives but without need for a winch, 35 inch wheels and “expect panel damage” riders some clubs include. In my few years at the club there have been some great trip leaders in the club. Trips that stick in my memory, Kosciusko and Epic High Country trip last year, Border Track following the surveyors line to the Murray River, a long weekend in the High Country, my first trip through Cobaw and the 40 th Anniversary weekend. Great locations but also a great group of people on the trips While this year hasn’t started well, I hope that in the 2018/19 year we can get back to more trips and well supported events, which is the real reason the club exists as a social 4WD club. Tim Folliard e:

SECRETARY’S REPORT September 2018 My first couple of weeks as Secretary has been spent dealing with various handover matters. I’ve been looking through old magazines, documents and files as well as items of property belonging to the club. I’m a little shocked at how much stuff has accumulated over the years! Storage is an issue for me, living in a small place that already has too much in it. I’d be grateful if there were any members able to take some of the larger items off my hands, while still being accessible when needed. There are two things in particular I’d be grateful to lose: The club has a large marquee as well as a pop-up tent. The marquee has three large bags containing poles, pegs, tops and sides. These bags are heavy (some require a two person lift). They used to live in the club trailer, which we no longer have (it wore out). The pop-up tent is far lighter, but its bag is also not small. Does anyone have room in a garage or shed for these? We also have the BBQ, ex- FWDV, which is used mainly for the Christmas Party and the Welcome Back GM in January. This is bulky, again a two person lift, comes with legs which fold up underneath, so that it can be transported in a station wagon or trailer. There’s a 9 Kg gas bottle that goes with it and two plastic containers of cleaning and other related gear. If someone could store this and be prepared to bring it to the events, I’d be very happy. Martin Foot e:, m: 0434 770 497 7

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE! VENUE REPORT SEPTEMBER GENERAL MEETING DATE: Tuesday 25 September at 8pm VENUE: South Camberwell Tennis Club, 332 Burke Road, Glen Iris. DOOR PRIZE: Come along to win a special door prize at this month's meeting. Mark Tyssen Venue Coordinator

GENERAL MEETING NOTICE The Subaru 4WD Club holds its monthly general meeting on the last Tuesday of the month (no meeting in December) at the club house of the South Camberwell Tennis Club, 332 Burke Road, Glen Iris (just off the Monash Freeway) starting at 8pm – unless otherwise specified/advised. The meeting is open to all members and visitors. The usual agenda of the general meeting includes: Welcome of members and visitors. Review and acceptance of previous general meeting’s minutes. Correspondence. Reports by various office bearers. Other business as mentioned below. General business raised by members. “Fines and Fun” – including brief summaries of recent trips. Guest speaker or presentation. Supper and networking.

Details of the next few general meetings are as per the schedule below:



Guest Speaker/Presentation

Other Business

Tue 25 Sept

South Camberwell Tennis Club

Tue 30 Oct

South Camberwell Tennis Club



Tue 27 Nov

South Camberwell Tennis Club





TRIP AND SOCIAL To put your name down for these trips or events you do not need to wait for a club meeting. Email: or contact the trip leader directly. Standing Camp at Moonambool Campground When: Grand Final weekend, Friday, Sept 28 - Sunday, Sept 30 Trip leader: Michael Dale Standard: Medium Description: Located near Avoca, the Kara Kara National Park and the Pyrenees Range Forest, there is free camping large area, pit toilets, fires in fireplaces, plenty of room for camper trailers. “Secrets of the Dandenongs� social day trip When: Sunday, 28 October Trip Leader: Martin Foot, e: Standard: Social. 2WD acceptable, but with reasonable clearance as the route involves dirt roads and a creek fording. Description: A social drive through the Dandenongs via less-travelled roads visiting Gembrook Market, and Hotel, Kurth Kiln, Nobelius Nursery museum, R J Hamer Arboretum and other places of interest. Photographic opportunity! Border Track Trip - CANCELLED due to Track Closure When: Cup weekend, November 2 - 6 Annual Christmas Party - location TBA When: Sunday, November 25 from 12 noon onwards Standard: Social Trip Leader(s): Committee, e: High Country Trip When: Thursday, December 27 - January 1 2019 Standard: Difficult / Very Difficult Trip Leader: TBA


LONG TERM FUTURE PLANNING Tim Folliard, Trip & Social Coordinator Year

Trip There are currently no long term trips planned The Committee is open to proposals for 2019 and beyond . Please contact Tim Folliard to discuss any suggestions, even if you would not be the Trip Leader.


FOUR WHEEL DRIVE VICTORIA TRAINING CALENDAR FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2018 PROFICIENCY COURSES: The remaining dates for this year's Proficiency courses are: PC181013 - Theory: Tuesday 9th October, Practical: Saturday 13th October, 2018 PC181117 - Theory: Friday 16th November, Practical: Saturday 17th November, 2018 PC181201 - Theory: Tuesday 27th November, Practical: Saturday 1st December, 2018 Member Price is $220.00 Contact: Four Wheel Drive Victoria RTO: 21605 6/27 Thornton Cres Mitcham 3132 PO Box 292, Mitcham 3132 Ph: 03 9874 7222 Web:







Moonambel standing camp

Grand Final weekend, 28 - 30 September

Mike Dale


“Secrets of the Dandenongs” day trip

28 October

Martin Foot


Border Track CANCELLED

Cup long weekend



Annual Christmas Party

Sunday, 25 November



High Country Trip

Thursday, 27 December - Tuesday 1 January


TREASURER’S REPORT The incoming Treasurer, Angela Bombardieri, has been away interstate from before the AGM until mid-September. As a result a handover from the previous treasurer is still to occur. The most recent financial information is included in the August General Meeting Minutes on page 18 of this magazine. An update will be provided at the September General Meeting.


TRIP AND RECOVERY GEAR The aim of all Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. trips is to have an enjoyable experience in the bush, increasing 4WD’ing skills and experience, whilst maintaining the highest regard for the safety of individuals, the vehicle and the environment. As a driver you have ultimate responsibility for the safety of your passengers and vehicle. It is the responsibility of any participating driver to contact individual trip leaders for clarification of individual trip requirements and standards. Financial members are encouraged to participate in as many trips as possible to increase confidence and experience. Visitors are welcome subject to the payment of the appropriate levy to cover insurance, but after two visits, should consider membership. Non-financial members are not covered by insurance and may not participate until payment is received. Individual drivers with concerns or queries regarding their vehicle and the trip standard should contact relevant trip leaders. The Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. recommends that each vehicle carry the following items or equipment on every trip:


Personal details form as specified by FWDV, copy to Trip Leader


Two rated D- Shackles (minimum 3.2t)


Rated snatch strap


Recovery points, front & rear; plus, optional bridle strap, according to vehicle design;


UHF (477Mhz) Channel 16 CB Radio. Ideally in car but hand held are ok provided sufficient battery(s) to last the trip.


Fire extinguisher, accessible to the driver


Spare tyre (full size)


Jack and wheel brace, or equivalent


Emergency supplies (matches, food, water and clothing)


Sufficient fuel, oil and water for the trip and delays


A tyre pressure gauge; compressor (according to the trip)


An axe, bow or chain saw;


A sturdy shovel (collapsible shovels are no good)


Spare parts (appropriate to the nature of the trip)


A tool kit


Personal first aid kit


Your vehicle manual

Any vehicle not carrying at least the first five (5) items of equipment should contact the individual Trip Leader before leaving. Any club member unsure about any of the items of equipment listed above are advised to contact the Trip and Social Coordinator or the Trip Leader concerned. All Trip Leaders carry a complete First Aid Kit in case of emergency. All non-emergency medical needs are expected to be meet by individuals own medical supplies.


BUY IT AND SELL IT HERE Please note: If you have any items listed here for sale which has been sold please remember to let us know at:

Member items for sale Item: Forester aluminium bash plates Details: Made from 6.0 mm construction grade aluminium SF Forester $350 SG & SH Forester $380 SJ Forester $420 CVT & Gearbox Protection $380 Outback & Diesel Vehicles $420 Fitting can be arranged. 10% discount for Subaru Club members. Please contact David via TXT after hours Road less Travelled - Vehicle under body protection Subaru Forester 2009 MY10 XS Premium with SatNav, manual, dual range, satin white pearl. 1HC4LY. 126,000 Km. EC. Set up for outback touring. Accessories and mods include Subaxtreme premium bullbar; Fyrlyt 5000 driving lights; David Wilson bash plate; King springs with KYB HD shocks (not self-levelling, no lift); Whiteline adjustable rear sway bar; roof bars (no awning); 80 channel UHF radio; Hayman Reese (receiver style) HD towbar; Milford cargo barrier (fitted for F or R positioning); light grey leather upholstery; tailored 8oz canvas front seat covers; premium rubber floor mats and rear cargo mat. Comes with standard alloy wheels (17�) and on-road tyres (40% tread remaining). Second owner. RWC will be provided. All services up to date, inc. timing belt done. Selling, as I have bought a 2015 2.0D-S Forester. $15,000; and Full set of Yokohama Geolandar AT-S tyres on 16� Forester SG XS alloys, 70% tread remaining (4), 100% on spare, $600; or alternatively, swap these for the standard wheels and tyres on the car above. Martin Foot,,

Want to sell something Subaru/Off-Rod related? Contact: The Club makes this space available free of charge to members wishing to buy or sell items. PLEASE NOTE: that the Motor Car Trader Regulations 1988-22(4) require that vehicles for sale advertisements must contain: (a)


the cash price of the vehicle and; the registration number if registered or the engine/chassis numbers if unregistered. 13

MINUTES Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. FWDV Member Reg. No. A – 0006149J GPO BOX 2456 Mount Waverley VIC. 3149

Committee Meeting Minutes Minutes of the meeting of the committee of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc held on 17th of September 2018 at the Chinese Association of Victoria clubrooms, 8 Ashley Street, Wantirna, starting at 7:40pm.

1. Present: Mark Tyssen, Tim Folliard, Martin Foot, Angela Bombardieri, Peter Landouris 2. Apologies: Nil 3. Visitors: Kevin Bird 4. Quorum: A quorum was achieved with all committee members present (section 63b). General introductions all round. 5. Minutes of the Previous Meeting 5.1. Minutes of the August 2018 committee meeting were accepted without amendment, on advice from Kevin Bird, who was the only person present who was at the previous Committee Meeting. Motion to accept by Martin Foot, seconded by Mark Tyssen. 5.2. Business Arising from the Minutes and Outstanding Actions: There was no Business Arising. The following Outstanding Actions were carried over for attention in due course: 5.2.1. By Law - convoy travel, needs to be reformatted into By-Law format. 5.2.2. New Member Pack - needs to be reworked into a new document. 5.2.3. Club magazine archiving. Currently held by the Secretary. 5.2.4. Trip management facility on club website - web site needs to be updated. 6. Correspondence 6.1. In Nil 6.2. Out 6.2.1. Martin to write to FWDV informing change of Committee membership. Tim has advised FWDV that he is the club delegate. 7. Annual General Meeting The outcomes of the AGM were discussed, particularly the need to recruit further Committee members to reduce the load on the five current members. It was noted that certain functional roles (eg Resources, Editor and Membership) could be done off Committee. Annual Report 2017-18 to be circulated to all members once an electronic copy is available. ACTION: Martin to follow up with Mike Dale. 14

8. New Committee 8.1. Functional Roles The following functional roles were assigned for the time being: FWDV Delegate – Tim Trip and Social Coordinator – Tim Vehicle Permit Register: Tim and Martin to research and report Editor - Martin Membership – Martin Resources – Peter Venue – Mark (with sourcing of presentations being the responsibility of all Committee members). Keys/swipe cards to Camberwell STC held by Tim, Martin and Mark. Door prizes need to be replenished. 8.2. Immediate Tasks Magazine due out on Thursday. Contributions required. 9. Reports 9.1. Resources Kevin explained the Resources function and went through the current equipment list, which he will update before handing over. He also has details of resources contacts, inc. clothing suppliers. Sat phone - needs to set up a contract for it to be usable - currently held by Martin. Tents and BBQ currently held by Martin, who is fast running out of room! Needs assistance from general membership to store. Resources has a $200 cash float – Angela to review. 9.2. Trip and Social Moonambel Grand Final weekend trip – TL Mike Dale. Approved. ACTION: Martin to distribute information to members ASAP. Dandenongs social drive, last weekend of October – TL Martin and Dot. Approved. Border Track – TL Duncan. Cancelled due to track closure. Christmas Party – last Sunday in November. Suggestions re venue requested. Christmas – New Year High Country Trip. TL needed unless David Wilson is available. Peter offered himself as a potential new trip leader, as he is often 4WD-ing privately in his Lseries around Victoria. Committee encouraged him to offer trips, with a senior member as mentor. ACTION: Martin to provide link to FWDV TL guidelines; old Club By-Laws also a guide. Martin to prepare T&S report for the magazine for this month. 9.3. Venue Need a tea and coffee person [carried over] 9.4. Membership 34 memberships as at the AGM – no further update available.


Committee to review the situation regarding distribution of the membership list taking into account appropriate use and privacy. ACTION: Martin to report back to Committee. 9.5. Editor Martin to prepare and publish September magazine. Searching for a new editor. Currently produced in MS Publisher, but templates exist for MS Word. The role of the magazine both as an external marketing tool as well as a newsletter to members was discussed, particularly the need to keep contentious material separate for PR reasons. Options were suggested for circulating such matters to members only, possibly by use of an occasional internal bulletin. ACTION: Martin to research what others are doing and report back to Committee. 9.6. Treasurer Term deposit has come to maturity and moved to general account. ACTION: Angela to review with intention to re-invest. Current balance not available. Outgoing: None. Refund to Angela Stock pending change of signatories. Bank account signatories changeover and Treasurer handover: o

Moved Martin Foot, seconded Mark Tyssen, that the following Committee officebearers be appointed bank signatories of the club: Mark Peter Tyssen, Timothy George Folliard, Angela Bombardieri and Martin Hilary Foot. RESOLVED unanimously.


Moved Martin Foot, seconded Mark Tyssen, that the following former Committee members be deleted as bank signatories of the club: Peter Bellis, Janelle Rebgetz, Duncan McCrae and Lee Wegner.

ACTION: Angela to contact Lee Wegner to arrange completion of signatory forms and for a general handover. 9.7. Secretary Post Office Box key held by Martin. Need to locate second key. Discussion re review of By-Laws and Constitution. Need to review progress with former Committee members. It was noted that a number of relevant documents exist on the club’s Dropbox folder, but none are recent. ACTION: Martin to discuss with Peter Bellis. 9.8. Vice-President V-P Report submitted for magazine by Tim. 9.9. President Mark spoke about his background with the club and with the Chinese Association of Victoria. 10. Priorities and Planning Deferred to the next meeting. 11. General Business Nil. 12. Next Meeting - Tuesday, 9 October at the Chinese Association of Victoria clubrooms. ACTION: Mark to arrange. Following meetings on 13 November and 4 December (venue TBC). 16

MINUTES Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc. FWDV Member Reg. No. A – 0006149J GPO BOX 2456 Mount Waverley Vic 3149 General Meeting Minutes The general meeting of the Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria Inc was held on Tuesday, 28st of August at the South Camberwell Tennis Club starting at 8:08 pm. 1. Present Jessica Walsh, Meredith Dale, Michael Dale, Paul Saleeba, Peter Fullalove, Edith Fullalove, Kay Fraser, Richard Saleeba, Bev Davidson, Peter Devine, Martin Foot, Phil Milkins, Elaine Milkins, Kevin Bird, Mark Tyssen, Des Burns, Damian Stock, Peter Bellis, Jean Bellis, Rob Miller, Lee Wagner, Tim Folliard, Cynthia Reynolds, Rick Koster, Duncan McCrae, Alan Christiansen, Chris Haward, Jenny Peacock 2. Apologies Ruth Marshall, Sandy Christiansen, Kerry Gill, Graham Gill, Dorothy Greiveson, Dale Rebgetz, Janelle Rebgetz, Andrew Jantke, Lisa Jantke, Angela Stock, Edin Hewett, David Hewett, Mike Dunn, Matt Chaplin, Angela Bombadier, Julie Dyer, Des Lehmann 3. Visitors Les Ralph 4. Welcome A welcome was extended to all members. 5. Minutes of the Previous General Meeting 5.1. The minutes of the July General Meeting were accepted without amendment after being moved by Edith and seconded by Jessica. 5.2. The minutes of the July appeal meeting were accepted without amendment after being moved by Meredith and seconded by Edith. Tim raised a query about publishing the appeal minutes. He was told it was a reflection of the evening and should go in the magazine. It was mentioned that the externally published magazine would be edited, except for the copy that goes to 4WD Victoria. 5.3. There was no business arising from the minutes. 6. Correspondence 6.1. In Central West investigation Trackwatch - looking for stories MUD 15th of September 17

Members update day on the 6th of October has been cancelled 6.2. Out Nil 7. Reports 7.1. Resources Nothing to report. 7.2. Editor N/A 7.3. Trip and Social Border Trip, cup weekend November Mt Dandenong drive 7.4. Venue Meredith was not available to get a guest speaker. Looking for a new person to do tea and coffee. 7.5. Membership Membership renewal. Cash or cheque to Martin, or pay by EFT - make sure to put your name as a reference. 7.6. Treasurer Outgoings: $100 membership reimbursement $198.33 tea, coffee and mag printing Incoming: $220 membership (July) $149 membership 7.7. Secretary Nothing to report 7.8. Vice-President Nothing to report 7.9. President Currently no President 8. General Business 8.1. Martin has a car to sell 8.2. Email list and its use. Info about the Act was read out. Used for management of the club. There is a bit of a grey area as to the use. Perhaps the next committee could look at some guidelines for email use. Make it clear on the renewal notice has an opt in or opt out option 8.3. Name badges: Jenny and Chris Hayward


9. Fines and Fun 9.1. Nametags Jessica, Peter Devine, Bev, Rick, Mark 9.2. Last to Meeting Rick 9.3. Trips No trips. 9.4.Total fines collected - $2.90 10. Guest Speaker / Presentation None 11. The Lucky door prize was won by Duncan and Peter Fullalove. 12. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 25th of September commencing at 8pm. 13. Meeting closed at 8:38 pm and was followed by the AGM.

Descending The Staircase on the Mt Kosciusko and EPIC High Country Trip in April 2017


EDITOR’S NOTE Thank you for all the contributions this month! Any interesting articles you find and would like to share, or if you would like to write an article for the magazine ‌. Let us know! Just a friendly reminder to please proof read, and be sure to use punctuation and grammar. The deadline for submissions for next month is:

Friday 19th October 2018 Email editor:

Rocky descent on the Mt Cole / Pyrenees Ranges trip in March 2013