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December 2011

SUBARU 4WD NEWS Meetings of THE SUBARU 4WD CLUB of WESTERN AUSTRALIA INC. are normally held at 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of each month at the

Rotary Hall, 55 Sandgate St., South Perth Subaru 4WD Web Site: http://www.subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au SUBARU 4WD CLUB of WESTERN AUSTRALIA INC P.O. BOX 434, SOUTH PERTH, W.A. 6951


SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS 2012 COMMITTEE PRESIDENT:

Tony Richards 9386-7705 president@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au SECRETARY: Phillip Read 0438926274 secretary@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au TREASURER: Adrian Longwood 9279-8993 treasurer@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au SOCIAL ORGANISER: Keith Wilcox 9344-6830 TRIPS CO-ORDINATOR: David Peck 0402177886 EDITOR: Tom Minto 9382-4678 editor@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Rob Griffiths 0411249933 John Cahill 9368-4513 Keith Low 9459-3358 Karen Taylor 0402418871 Ian Johnson 9448-5419 Travis Maskey MERCHANDISE: Tony Richards 9386-7705 WEB MASTER: Karl Boeing/ 9341-5087 Rob Griffiths 0411249933 webmaster@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au 4WD ASSOC DELEGATE: David Peck/ 0402177886 Tony Richards 9386-7705 M’SHIP CO-ORDINATOR: Keith Low 9459-3358 membership@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au PROPERTY OFFICER: Peter Andruszkiw/Simon Newton Club member of the year 2011: David Peck

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT Dec 2011 Fellow Members, The AGM has come and gone and here I am writing the President’s report again, happy to serve a second year as President. The rest of your new Committee is: Secretary: Treasurer: Editor: Trips Co-ordinator: Social Co-ordinator:

Phil Read Adrian Longwood Tom Minto David Peck Keith Wilcox

Committee: Ian Johnson Keith Low John Cahill Karen Taylor Travis Maskey

We have a full Committee and, for the first time in my memory, there was even a ballot for the position of Editor, with 3 nominees. We also have 3 new members on the Committee – Adrian Longwood, Karen Taylor and Travis Maskey. Welcome aboard! It’s great to see members supporting their Club. I am looking forward to the year ahead! My thanks to the outgoing Committee for their substantial contribution to the success of the Club last year. Well done. My thanks also to those who helped out at the Club’s “stand” at the 4WD Show. This year the “Engel Stage” and food vans were positioned next to the 4WD Club area, so there were more people about. However, the level of enquiry about the Club was not great – perhaps only slightly up on last year. Still, I expect there will be the usual 2 or 3 visitors on the Lancelin trip. Let’s wait and see. There are 10 cars down for the Cervantes Lancelin trip on 26/27 November – should be a good trip. And the Club Christmas party is just around the corner.

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT Dec 2011 IIf you haven’t already done so, please remember to renew your membership. The membership form can be downloaded from the Club website and payment can be made by direct credit to the Club’s bank account. I would like to wish all members a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Please drive safely over the festive season. NB: Please bring a plate for the December meeting. Champagne and orange juice will be provided. Tony Richards. A FEW WORDS FROM YOUR NEW EDITOR This edition of your magazine has a new set of hands juggling the Text Boxes and Picture Frames in Microsoft Publisher.. Hopefully, I can approach a similar standard to that delivered by Joy over the last 2 years. Joy provided a very comprehensive handover. I am therefore hopeful that sections of reports won’t get lost in the electronic void but am not guaranteeing anything at this stage. My intention is to keep out of direct writing in the magazine for the next 11 months so this will not be an ongoing column. I do, however, look forward to working with the material provided by Club Members for the magazine. Tom Minto THE VIEWS EXPRESSED IN THIS MAGAZINE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THOSE HELD BY THE SUBARU 4WD CLUB OF W.A. INC. Please send articles and photos to the Editor by the Thursday before the end of the month (earlier is better). Email: editor@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au in Word format or plain text Subaru 4WD Club WA Website: http://www.subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au

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TRIP CO-ORDINATOR’S REPORT Dec 2011

Again I would like to say thanks to our newest trip leaders Adrian for his Wilbinga trip, Phil for the Subarogain at Pemberton, Karen for her Powerlines trip and volunteering to lead a Christmas/New Year trip and Travis for a trip he is planning for April. Well done guys, you will find you see a lot more of the scenery & wildlife at the front of the convoy, and your car doesn’t get as dusty. The Subarogain was such good fun that we have planted the idea in Phil’s head to maybe try and do it as a day trip out of Perth, I think he’s warming to the idea but it means lot of work for him. December is traditionally a quiet month for trips but we have the popular beach run day trip happening in January. There are also a couple of day trips pencilled in for February and March but need some ideas of where you would like to go. Somewhere near water is the committees thought in case it is hot. Maybe another sunset beach picnic and night time trip home perhaps? I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a safe & Happy New Year.

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XMAS PARTY Christmas Lights in the Valley Saturday 10 December Robert and Wendy have been busy again synchronising thousands of lights to music for the Christmas Light Show. We’ll be making the usual collection on behalf of the Royal Flying Doctor Service – so bring some gold coins. Venue: Robert & Wendy’s place Time: From 6pm – Lights start around 8pm. Bring: All your BBQ meats, deserts & drinks. Rob & Wendy will provide Nibbles & Salads Check out the cool vid on the website!

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TRIP PROMOTIONS / INFORMATION BEACH RUN Our annual beach run is on again- second Sunday in January. Again it will be in the area between Tims Thicket and Myalup. We will decide closer to the day as to whether we go North or South North. This is always an excellent day to experience a lot of beach driving. Suitable for everyone. If you have just joined the Club please come along. Weather permitting you will get a chance to have a swim at the lunch break. Contact Peter A – 9440 4075 (H) or log into the website to join this trip. Meeting point will be as in past years at the service station complex Baldavis Rd exit of the freeway at 8.30am

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BLACKWOOD RIVER RAMBLE 26TH - 29TH JANUARY Australia day next year will be on the Thursday 26th January so we are going to take Friday off as well and make a 4 day long weekend out of it (till Sunday 29th). We will be going to one of Ian’s secret campsites on the banks of the Blackwood River (between Bridgetown and Nannup) and will be bush camping so you will need to be self sufficient. I doubt that fires will be permitted during the summer so plan on using gas to do your cooking. The Blackwood is the longest river in the south west and flows through Boyup Brook, Bridgetown and Nannup finally reaching the ocean at Augusta. There is the opportunity to do a spot of fishing or canoeing and I will bring the Canadian canoe along for those who want to have a go. Otherwise there are a number of scenic walk trails along the river and there should be some good bird watching (there are special bird hides at Nannup) or you could just sit back under a shady tree and watch the world go by. If you wish to be more indulgent there are a lot of attractions in the area to appeal to those who like a bit of food and drink and we will probably drop in on a few as we tour around the area. For more information or to register your interest contact David on 0402 177 886 or email tripcoordinator@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au

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CENTRAL CIRCLE TRIP 2012 We are in the planning stages for a trip starting on June 30th and finishing on 28th July 2012. This will involve going along the Great Central road to Uluru where we will look around for a couple of days. The idea is for those who are constrained by the school holidays to fly in and meet us there. Then via the Luritja Road to Kings Canyon and the Mereenie Loop Road through the West MacDonnell Ranges to Alice Springs. The school holiday people could then fly out of Alice Springs to return home in time. Then following the Old Ghan Railway Heritage trail taking in Chambers Pillar to Finke, through the Painted Desert to Cooper Pedy then down Googs track which leads from the Trans Australian railway to Ceduna (and has been likened to a miniature Simpson Desert trip). If anyone would like to express an interest in joining this trip or there is somewhere you would like to go on the way please let me know. David P.

Uluru (top) and King's Canyon (bottom)

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TRIP & SOCIAL REPORTS Mundy Power Lines – ‘East to West’ Written by: Karen Taylor & Gracie Bear ( Gracie dictated trip to me ) On the morning of Sunday, the 13th of November, I set out to make ‘herstory’ by leading my first ever Subaru 4WD Club Trip. It was a day I really looked forward to and wanted it to go as smooth and as fun as possible. Even with the late notice of the trip we still managed 5 vehicles. We had Adrian Longwood, riding passenger with Alex, a guest friend of his, in his Jeep Wrangler, there was Luke Price in his ‘pimped’ Red 05/06 Foz. Third guest, Daniel Bedo drove his 04/05 Blue Foz, club member Charlie with his fun & precocious son Liam ( who was very helpful in offering driving hints & tips on the UHF ) were in their 02 Silver Foz and lastly there was lil ol moi, with my good friend Stefanie, in my 04 White Foz. The weather was a perfect, slightly overcast, 22 degrees. After quick introductions were made, radios were issued to those in need, we performed a quick radio check, then hit the road, ( ...er no...we didn’t get out and slap the bitumen with our hands hehe ). We were soon heading east with me in the lead and Charlie, as himself, was ‘Tail End Charlie’, along the Great Southern Hwy. A few kms later we found our turnoff into West Talbot road, we said a temporary goodbye to the ‘The Black Stuff’ and were on DIRT again, YAY, it was only gravel but a distinct improvement, it turned out to be badly corrugated too. So after about 1-2 kms of a rather ‘tooth jarring’ road we found our next turn off, the ‘Mundaring Powerlines Track’ ( aka Nganguring Road ), we pulled over, collected our loose fillings from the floor and put them in our pockets, then let our tyres down to around 20‘psi’ ( = Powerful Subarus Inc. ). The Powerlines Track was a little bumpy in places, but was quite tolerable, with a few ‘woops’ here n there, we got to feel like motor cross bike riders momentarily. There were a few rocks jutting out here n there, so care was needed, especially for owners like me who haven’t installed a sump guard yet, so I was paying extra Page 11


SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS attention to approach angles etc so as not to hit any threatening rocks. One doesn’t want to dump one’s engine oil all over this lovely track now does one? Ideally, lifted cars with bash plates and all terrain tyres are better suited to this particular track. And here’s me with no lift or no bash plate....hmmm. A short drive west and we soon approached our first, steep-ish rocky descent. Alex, Luke and myself were confident enough to tackle this one. I was in the lead so I ever so gently crawled my Foz over the rocks, always searching for the optimum wheel placement, planning my ‘trajectory’ metres ahead, while at the same time trying to avoid rocks that could do damage. It was a small challenge too, trying to drive as slow as I could, in first gear, low range & foot on the brake pedal at the same time, to control my descent, it was a challenge not to stall my poor lil car. So after I negotiated that hill nicely, Luke and Alex soon ‘followed suit’, ( they got out and followed some guy walking with black press pants & Jacket with white business shirt with briefcase, into the forest ) hehe. I managed a neat photo of Luke lifting a rear wheel a foot off the ground at one section. We then waited for Daniel and Charlie to catch up with us, they chose the easier side track to the south. Further ahead, we spotted a nice lil valley with a section of clay and mud, with a few water filled bog holes. It was here, that Alex, in his lifted Jeep, with huge 33” mud tyres, decided to attempt a medium sized muddy water crossing. He followed correct procedure, tested the depth and hardness of the base with a stick, he then attempted the crossing, but possibly took it a bit too fast. He wasn’t into the crossing long, with water up to his door sil, he then strangely lost all clutch control and found he couldn’t get out, so Luke eventually snatched him free to dry ground ( repeat: a SUBARU recovering a JEEP ). An hour later Alex realised he was sadly going nowhere. Adrian then made arrangements for someone with a Landcruiser to tow Alex back 2kms, to ‘The Black Stuff’ and then back home via a family member, where I’m sure he had a small red rose colour on his cheeks and learnt a bit from that experience. Once Alex had a secure recovery plan, Adrian and Luke decided to go with him to make sure all went well, leaving three remaining cars, Daniel, Charlie and myself to continue on our way... We kept in contact over the UHF to check on the recovery status from time to time. The three of us then traversed more of the lovely green undulating scarp hills, coated in miles & miles of Marri Eucalypt and Dryandra scrubland and some isolated Sheoak. This track offers so many options to the off road driver, with hard stuff, some ‘impossible stuff’, through to easy ‘chicken tracks’, Page 12


SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC so you can just chose the option that suits your cars capabilities and driver skills. We eventually came to a section that has challenged a few members in the past, Daniel and Charlie remember it well, it’s a rather rocky section, a mild to moderate difficulty descent ( from this direction at least ), curving around a eucalypt tree, then immediately curving in the opposite direction. Without lift kits this section does force the driver to choose their path very carefully. We all heard the odd lil scrape from under our cars on that section, no damage done, it was more noise than anything else. 5-10 mins later we all successfully negated this descent, I was very proud of the lads, they did well. A few more hills and valleys later we started to encounter the first of the oncoming traffic from the West. From the top of our hill we made out about 8 cars approaching, so we stopped for m/tea on a Granite clearing. Once the bulk of the traffic passed we saw an opportunity to get going again so we were off, heading west again. The next km of the track became a bit more rocky and steeper. One section was on another ‘S’ shaped bend, with a deep-ish 45 degree washaway right across the track. It was dry, a tad slippery, with fine clay dust, & scattered loose ball bearing gravel as well as fighting gravity all the way up too. Getting traction challenged our skills and our cars a bit. It took the careful placement of some rocks in the washaway rut and just the right amount of momentum to clear the diagonal shaped obstacle before us, but ‘without’ too much speed so as to risk damage to our cars and as our AWD doesn’t like losing traction on diagonally opposite wheels, it took us a few efforts to judge our speed right to get past this hump. 5 mins later we did it, YAY! We had the option of a ‘chicken track’ to the south if we needed it but glad we stuck at it. We started to encounter some Page 13


SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS more scattered traffic. I love seeing the look on people’s faces when they see you driving a Subaru, that look that says ‘You got up here in THAT?!’ Priceless! I’m sure you know that look. We soon came across a big bowl shaped depression at the bottom of a valley, which had numerous tracks to choose from, so we had a little play there. Once we had our fill, we continued up the hill and as we passed a ‘Heavy’ going the other way, I called out, “They should rename THIS track, ‘The Great Southern Hwy’, she gets much more traffic!”. They grinned and replied, “YEAH, not wrong! J...Have fun guys.” Not far beyond this last hill we were nearing the end of our day out on the Mundy Track, but before we did, we found two medium sized watery mud puddles that were simply far too tempting to pass over. We checked the depth and firmness and all was good, so I slowly approached the water hole and watched as the front of my car slowly dipped down into the water, the bottom indeed felt nice n firm which gave me added confidence. Once I cleared the other side the other two cars decided on a ‘lil dip’ themselves. It was good fun too, a great way to end our day out in the dirt. Soon, we found our exit, towards the highway, pulled over and reinflated our tyres, said our fond farewells....to the dirt too! ( wipes a single tear from her cheek, as she looks back at the dirt disappearing from her rear view mirror ), we then again hit...The BLACK STUFF!’...( dark ominous music plays in the background ). We then headed home, with gratified smiles on our weary faces.... Hope you all had a fun day out! See you all out there again soon....Happy and safe motoring. Page 14


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Trip Report – Suba-Rogain – Phil and Liz Saturday for us started at about 7:30 am, as we wanted to ensure everyone's information was collated properly and ready for collection. We did not spend much time planning because we wanted to leave about 12 am have a nice drive and picnic and be home by 3pm. I also wanted to be available to answer people's questions before they left. We decided to do the Great Forest Tree's drive, (which looked short and sweet), find a nice picnic spot near Lake Muir and be home. Dawn Chivers accompanied us as a convoy and we had a great time, beautiful scenery and great food. We came across a fallen tree blocking the road on the last stretch of the drive. We had to turn around which cost us time and we had to alter our plan accordingly. Fallen trees and non existent roads were a common theme to the day. I enjoyed the planning process but my imagination ran away and some aspects were too ambitious and / or confusing (although I did like he variety of choices people had). The other disappointment was the maps (even though they we only a few years old) were based on very old surveys and some of the roads did not exist any more. I enjoyed the discussion around the fire afterwards as everyone old of their different adventures. I will definitely organise other one closer to Perth and simplify it.

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SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS SubaSuba-Rogain – Friday 28 October 11 As I had arrived on Thursday, a day early, it was a leisurely start to the day, as there was nothing specific planned. I arose at about 7.00 and, after breakfast, I went for a walk. Luckily, the Bibbulmun Track was just behind the camp ground, so what better place to start my walk! To get to the track I had to first go past the Pemberton Freshwater Research Centre, which had its origins as a trout hatchery in the 1930s. The Centre has now expanded to include other freshwater fisheries research. However, a more heat-tolerant strain of rainbow trout has been maintained at the Centre and it continues to supply trout for stocking in dams and native waterways. It was only a short walk on the Bibbulmun Track as it took me into town, past the Pemberton Swimming Pool. The Pemberton Pool is a special picnic spot along the Lefroy Brook. The water of the brook naturally pools here and improvements and facilities have been added. There are areas for children to play in and adults can jump of a pontoon. I have been for a swim in the pool, which is very large. It was a good experience. I walked into and through town, taking in the sites as I went. Pemberton is a very pleasant country town with a number of local attractions which make it a popular tourist spot. One of those attractions is the King Trout Restaurant and Marron Farm and, when I returned from my walk, the group decided that we would go there for brunch. When we got there, there were quite a few cars in the car park, but no-one in the restaurant. They were all out fishing in the Farm ’ s ponds! So, we pretty well had the restaurant to ourselves, which was pleasant, overlooking all the aspiring trout fishermen and fisherkids. After lunch, we headed out to Yeagerup Lake and, from there, we intended to do some 4WDriving in D'Entrecasteaux National Park. At the lake there was an opportunity for a photo of the group on the little jetty. And there is a good photo of Phil ’ s back as he runs towards the group, after setting the timer on his camera. Unfortunately, he didn ’ t set the timer for long enough! Page 16


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After seeing the lake, we let down our tyres and headed along the sand track towards the Yeagerup dunes and coastal beaches. Unfortunately, not all of our group were able to make it up the first steep dune, as the track was very soft and had a hard turn in it. And we were not the only ones. A number of the “ big boys ” were also having trouble, including a guy in a Prado trying to tow a trailer up the dune, who had to turn around and come back down. There was plenty of entertainment for the “ p eanut gallery ” . We then returned to our starting point, pumped up our tyres and decided we would head to Northcliffe, taking time out to look at Dawn ’ s son ’ s ( A ndrew ’ s ) farm just north of Northcliffe. We went into town, had a quick look around. On the way back, just out of town, we stopped at Andrew ’ s farm. There was a shed on the farm and some bush at the end of the block. It certainly looked like a reasonable camping spot that the Club could use. By the time we had completed our “ recce ” of the farm, it was getting late. So, we all headed back to camp in Pemberton for dinner and some conversation around a camp fire. My thanks to Phil and Liz for organising the trip. Well done! It was most enjoyable. Tony Richards.

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TRIP & SOCIAL REPORTS Subarogain Pemberton 29th Oct11 “The Picnic Challenge” The Picnic Challenge Team consisted of myself, son Scott and granddaughter Jasmine who arrived at Pemberton late Friday afternoon. Phil had chosen a magic spot in the Caravan Park- our tents were a metre from the trickling Lefroy Brook complete with yabbies, dabbling ducks and Ringneck parrots that sat on your head if you had some bread or birdseed. Next morning we collected our rogaining pack and started planning the Picnic Challenge which involved visiting 5 locations and having a picnic at one of them, all of which to be documented by photos. The spots with the high points were far from Pemberton, so we chose to go North up around Nannup and over to Lake Muir. At 11 am we set off up the Vasse Highway, drove through Nannup and arrived at Barrabup Pool in time for a picnic lunch (duly photographed). The Pool was a lovely spot with a big lake and well appointed picnic benches and bbqs. Very popular with the locals who were out in force enjoying the water with kayaks and blow up pool toys. Then it was on to the next destination which was Millstream Dam. This involved going down a short cut on Glacier Road, a forestry track, and here we came unstuck like many of the other groups. We found a maze of gravel tracks, some well signposted but not appearing on our maps. Also the place was thick with emus- many were males with their little family of chicks, much to Jasmine’s delight. There was no sign (or signpost) of the damn Dam. Eventually, after negotiating a precariously steep 300 m descent on a rutted, winding track down into the valley (brilliant views!) we gave up on the Millstream destination and headed back to the bitumen, figuring that that would be longer but quicker after all.

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Now we were behind time so we gave up the idea of getting over to Lake Muir and decided to pick up destinations on the way down South back to Pemberton. In quick succession we whizzed past Wright’s Bridge (offroad camping area), Bridgetown Jarrah Reserve (picnic benches, toilet, big karri stump and walk trails), Willow Springs (creek, picnic bench, a caravan with some guy getting his hair cut by his wife), and Wheatley Dam (picnic bench, bbq, big dam- the town water supply). Then it was back to Pemberton down the highway to arrive 10 mins before the deadline. We found David to be the only resident in camp, later joined by tree climbers Travis & Co. The others trickled in, all with their stories of blocked tracks or roads not on the maps. Tony, amazingly, had galloped up Mt Frankland as well as doing some other hikes. Sunday we packed up and headed home but visited all the tourist spots that we didn’t have time to see during the rogain. Scott climbed 61m up the 153 spikes of the Gloucester Tree and down again. We had a leisurely look around the Cascades and Beedelup Falls, very pretty. Thanks to Phil and Liz for their hard work organising the trip. It was a real winner and great fun! I did learn how much I have come to depend on my GPS and moving map! Joy Unno

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SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC SUBA ROGAIN TRIP REPORT by Travis Maskey for Team Kangaroo. As our trip down to Walpole, where we stayed, was really uneventful, I'll start at Saturday morning.We had the plan of getting to the caravan park at 0800 and getting away early, but we over slept in our really comfy beds, in the "bush shack". It was about 0630 before we woke, but were out the door before 0700 and at Walpole filling up at 0730. When we were full of pastries from the bakery, we decided to leave for the rendezvous at 0800. When we got to the caravan park we had to park out side the main camping grounds and hump it to Phil's caravan and collect our info pack. We got a bit of shtick form our fellow competitors as we were a bit late in getting there, but our team was confident that we would be victorious at the end of the day. Our team consisted of Katie (Driver/Navigator/photographer/Morale booster), Catherine (Navigator of sorts/Climber of sorts/photographer), Mario (Driver/Navigator/Climber/Photographer, who incidentally, used to be Toll Ipec's state distribution manager for their Coke division and ex reservist) and me, (Driver/Navigator/Climber/Photographer, who incidentally used to be a Field craft Instructor for the Air Force Cadets). Our plan was to climb the trees, Having 1 person climb 1 tree each would save a lot of energy and while the person climbed, the rest of us would work out the route to the next place. I know a brilliant idea, right! We had an awesome plan and the know how to put it into effect so soon after we arrived we were for the off. We had a quick dig at Tony, who said that he wanted to be gone by 1100 at the latest but was still planning his route at 1100, then left ourselves. The first stop was Big Brooke Dam. A quick sprint on the tarmac was followed by the rest of the way on the back roads. Even though I had my AT tyres on and am very confident at driving on gravel roads, our average speed was down to about 75 km/h. This was the result of the pot holes looking like shadows and vice versa. It was difficult to tell the difference between the two until the real pot hole was right on top of us. We were just big enough not to be able to take evasive action at a reasonable speed. This hurt our plan a little as we needed to take these back roads to cut down on the distance between the points. What was a 20-30 minute trip on the map took a lot longer. Then we found out that the map wasn't quite as accurate as it could have been. New roads cropped up all the time and some of the roads that were on the map disapPage 23


SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS peared altogether. After what seemed like an age, we got to the dam. While the girls went off to take the photo's, Mario and I reassessed the situation. We cut out a lot of our trip. Next stop Fonty's pool. This time we stuck mostly to the main roads. More distance to travel but higher average speed between points. We got there after we had to stop and take photo's of some Halloween decorations. I took the photo's while the others picked the next point. The corner of Crowea and something else. An easy trip on paper, but in reality the crossroads didn't exist. I know that maybe TOM TOM might have found it, but I taught teenagers how to "map-to-ground". The road wasn't there, but by the looks of things may have been renamed. We took a photo of where the road was supposed to be on the map and headed to the next point. This cost us 15min of driving time. Next stop Diamond tree. This was a challenge to find. The signage to the tree coming down South West Hwy. was a bit misleading so we turned off too early. We had to double back a bit and make corrections to the direction of travel. We missed the turn off because the sign looked to say turn at an intersection rather than continue down the highway and the turn off. As we pulled into the car park I was volunteered to climb this one. Even though this is the smallest of the three you can climb, if you’re not prepared for it, you will get a shock. I was breathless by the time I got to the top and was getting strange looks from the people there as I motored to the top, took the not so happy snaps and headed back down. By the time I got back to the car, the others had found our next destination. I collapsed in to the passenger’s seat, as I was not in any condition to drive. One tree bridge was our next spot and an easy one to find. I do have a problem with calling it one tree bridge as there are many trees in its make up and there are many trees in its surrounds. Very misleading! We had made up a bit of time but we had to start heading a long way south to climb the other trees and fast. Baoroa tree was next and we made up a bit more time in getting there. Most of the way there was on dirt roads but they were a lot smoother than the ones we travelled earlier that day. Catherine was just about to climb this one when we remembered that we didn't have to, and we couldn't as it was closed to climbing. We took photo's, filled up the Forrie, quick toilet stops and back on the road. Page 24


SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC The Bi Centennial tree was next and I was back behind the wheel. Time for foot down time!! Not to be, as there was a bit of traffic on the road. But I did notice Crowea road on the way. I don't think the others believed me when I said it and we needed to get a wriggle on so I couldn't go back and prove myself right. Catherine volunteered herself for this one and was very brave to get 15 meters up before vertigo got the better of her. Super Mario took over and did the climb in record time! so it wasn't long before we were off again. The last stop was the Gloucester Tree. Katie has Bad knees, Catherine was a Hitchcock movie and Mario was suffering from the 80 meter climb, so I had to take another for the team. I had drunk a can of soft drink to give me sugar for the assent, but I don't think it was enough. I had gone about 20 meters before I was starting to get the shakes. I took lots of rest stops on the way up, all 66 metres of it. As I got to the top I was out of breath, I was sweating like I was in a Swedish sauna, but it was at this point I looked at my watch. We had about 45 minutes left and I needed to make it down and we needed to make it back to the caravan park before the six hour time limit expired. I took a few "un aimed" photo's of the view then rushed back down the ladder to the bottom. I got down the tree took another picture of the tree from below and sprinted to the car. I don't know about the rest of the teams but I was getting funny looks from the tourists that were milling around the base of the tree as I run off and leaped in to the car like we stole something. We got back in town with 25 minutes to spare so we stopped off at the bottleo for some refreshments and water for the trip back home. When we got back to the caravan park, we were third for line honours behind David and Joy and had about 10 minutes spare. We had a lot of fun that day. Judging by the stories from all who participated, everyone else had a great time too. All of Team Kangaroo had a fun time and would do it again for sure. Subarogaining is a great thing to do, and we as a club should do it more often. Phil, Thank You very much for organising this weekend. It was fantastic. The only down side for this weekend was the lack of accurate maps, but in saying that, it made the day more challenging as we had to drastically change what we wanted to achieve and how to achieve it. Can't wait for the next one.

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Suba-Rogain – Saturday 29 October 11 Originally, 5 hours was allocated for the driving challenge. On the morning, a decision was made to extend that to 6 hours. An extra further 30 minutes was available if you completed 2 hikes or climbed to the top of Mt. Franklin. Maps and instructions were given out at 8.00 with 4 hours to a 12.00 departure, although you could leave earlier if you wanted. 4 hours seemed like heaps of time to work through the instructions. In the end, it took me 3 hours and I left at 11.00! It took time to locate/position the individual destinations on the maps and then work out the route you were going to take, with the prime objective of reaching as many destinations as possible in the time allowed, earning as many points as possible, taking into account the fact that different destinations had different point scores, usually based on difficulty and distance. I decided to do a big loop heading east from Pemberton along Muirs Highway to Lake Muir and then south to Mt Franklin, reaching 5 destinations on the way (for a total of 430 points), apart from Mt Franklin itself. My desire to reach Mt Franklin was motivated by the fact that reaching the car park was worth 120 points and climbing Mt Franklin itself another 250 points – a total of 370 points in one hit. When you add this point score to the 430 points, that made 800 points total. It all sounded good to me – with further points to be made for destinations reached on the way back to Pemberton. I had managed to climb Mt Franklin and return to the car park by about 1.30. While that may sound pretty good, it took longer than I had expected. From Mt Franklin, I headed back to towards Pemberton, managing to reach only another 4 destinations, including the Great Forests Tree Drive, which was worth 200 points and the Cascades, which was worth 20 points for the car park and a further 80 points for the hike into the cas-

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SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC cades. At the time, I thought I needed the second hike to get the extra 30 minutes, but when I got back I was reminded that getting to the top of Mt. Franklin itself was sufficient to earn the extra 30 minutes! The journey was not without some minor hiccups. Some tracks that were shown on the map did not exist. One destination was not named when I got there. There was one destination you could no longer get to. The Great Forests Tree Drive was blocked towards the end by a tree across the road. And one track I took was so overgrown it had to be partially cleared as I went, so I could get through! But that was all part of the challenge! I arrived back at camp just after 5.30! And the rest is history. Winners are grinners! My thanks to Phil and Liz for organising the event. It was excellent! Tony Richards.

KIMBERLEY CAPERS TRIP REPORT – 16 TO 18 JUNE 2011 Thursday 16 June (at Mornington) It was cold overnight. At 9.00 we departed for Sir John Gorge. The road was a little rough, so we trundled along. Our first stop was the termite trail – a walk trail with plaques along the way providing information about the lifecycle of termites. An interesting fact was that the queen termite can possibly live for a hundred years and produces 3,000 eggs a day, which means over its lifetime that's one hell of a lot of eggs. From there, we then went through to the wetland. After a bit of exploration, Chris and Wendy found the wetland. What alerted us to the location of the wetland was a pair of Jabiru heading in that direction. When Chris got back, she was excited to report that she had found the Eleocharis reed, which Mornington did not have on their list of reeds and sedges Page 27


SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS inhabiting the wetland. When Chris reported this “find” to them, they said they would go out there and look for it. The visit to the wetland was very worthwhile. However, while there were a lot of lilies in the wetland, there really wasn’t actually much in the way of bird or animal life (at least during the day). After morning tea at the wetland, we then headed on to Sir John Gorge. Upon arrival, we immediately took off on a walk along to the head of the gorge, where you could see a water cascade. It was a large gorge, with a big gorge wall on the other side. It probably took about an hour to walk to the cascade. The highlight of that walk was coming across a Kimberley rose on what otherwise looked like a dead tree! While having lunch back at the car park, we took in the surrounding scenery. After lunch, a couple of the more hardier souls, namely Wendy Griffiths (as always) and Keith decided that they would go for a swim. After their swim, we headed off to Blue Bush, which was another swimming spot on the Adcock River. This time, Jeanette and I also decided to take a bit of a dip. Yes, it was cold, but you got used to it pretty quickly. A couple of us swam across to the other side of the river, then swam back. Invigorating! After the swim, we gathered up our clothes and headed back to camp. On the way back, we saw a large number of aircraft at the airfield – at Blue Bush people suggested that 10 planes had come in. An Aero club trip had flown in, which was quite interesting in itself. We arrived back at camp at about 3.30 and went straight on to the showers. As the ladies showers were cold and the men’s showers were hot (they were heated separately), they were quickly turned into unisex showers – Jeanette and a couple of other ladies after her showered in the men's. After showering, we went back to our tent and started to get ourselves ready for dinner. As I had a bit of time, I viewed the Horizontal Falls CD and loaded that onto the computer. It was a great record of this part of our trip. Page 28


SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC Dinner was pleasant enough in the “open-air” dining room, although the temperature had dropped considerably and it was cold. I had steak, mash and salad for main, followed by a chocolate dessert, all of which went down quite well. After dinner, we went to a presentation on Mornington by one of the staff (Joey) and there was a bit of fundraising in there as well. That went for about 30 minutes. We then sat around a large fire with other guests, until just after 9.00. Friday 17 June (at Mornington) It was coolish again overnight – around 6 degrees. Today we were going to Dimond Gorge through which the Fitzroy River flows. Wendy and Keith had hired a canoe to paddle through the gorge. We departed camp at about 9.00. There were a few fords on the way. We arrived at Dimond Gorge at about 10.15 and then proceeded to the hire canoes on the bank of the river. Once there, Keith and Wendy put on their life jackets, got into a canoe and took off down river for the extent of the gorge. The rest of us stayed on the bank for a while, but as we were in the direct the sun and it wasn't the greatest of scenic spots, we relocated back higher up the bank. We stayed there for about half an hour checking out the local scenery. At about 12.00, we went back to the cars in the car park for lunch. Rob had his awning out. While we were there, we checked with Wendy on radio and, yes, Wendy and Keith had returned and so they came up to have their lunch. They then asked whether anyone else wanted the canoe. Jeanette and I said we did. So we then took the life jackets and went down and also paddled to the end of the gorge. We stopped at two sand banks. At the first one, there was a dry watercourse. At the second one, water was still flowing. You went in a bit and there was a very nice pool and a waterfall – very pleasant. From there we then paddled back, arriving at about 2.30. The trip down the gorge in the canoe was good, although we didn't think the gorge itself was quite as spectacular as Sir John Gorge, in terms of actual scenic value. You

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SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS really go for the canoe trip. That is the bonus. We then packed up and sorted our gear etc., fixed the paddles on to the roof and then travelled back to camp on our own (the others had left earlier). It must have been about 3.00. We arrived back at camp at about 4.15, getting photos of brolgas and seeing quail and other birdlife on the way. We also found out when we got back to camp that Jim had lost one of his under-body guards. It had come loose at the front and then caught on a rock and jack-knifed the car in the air! He then had to take the destroyed under-body guard off, which was fun! Back at camp we went and had showers. Then there were nibbles and then it was time to cook dinner. We shared chicken stir-fry with Keith. After that, we then headed down to the communal campfire and sat around it chatting for a couple of hours. Somebody had built up the fire, so it was really going quite well. In bed at 9.15. It had been another good day. Saturday 18 June (at Silent Grove/Bell Gorge) Today we were heading back to the Gibb River Road and back-tracking a bit to Silent Grove. Up at the usual 6.15. After breakfast, packed up and I think we were away by about 8.00. We dropped off the rubbish at the bins before we left. On the way out all was going smoothly. We were travelling a bit slower. And then we stopped for morning tea and I discovered that my driver’s side rear tyre was going down, the new one that I had put on to replace the previously punctured tyre that I had not been able to successfully repair. With Jim’s assistance we located the puncture using soapy water. We plugged it on the spot, pumped the tyre backup and then proceeded on to the turn-off. We turned left and stopped at Imintji for an ice cream and a couple of other things. A bit further on, we turned right at the Silent Page 30


SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC Grove track. There were two big fords on the way into Silent Grove, which were a bit of fun. We arrived at about 12.30, set up camp and had lunch. At about 2.00, we drove the 11 kms through to the Bell Gorge car park and, from there, we then walked 1.2 kms into Bell Gorge, to the top of the falls. From there, it was another kilometre down around the other side to the bottom of the falls, where there was a big pool of water. It looked beautiful. Really scenic. It was a rocky walk in though. Once there, Keith, Wendy, Jeanette and I all went for a decent swim, which was great exercise. After our swim – it was probably about 3.30, we commenced the walk back to the car park, arriving at about 4.00. Then back to camp at about 4.30, just in time for a shower. At 5.00 we had a few nibbles. I loaded my photos onto the computer. We had Spaghetti Bolognese for dinner. After that, I had a talk to the helicopter guy. The camp host, Neil, had previously told us that a helicopter had landed and was available for charter. We thought that perhaps there was a chance to go to Mitchell Falls, but, no, it was beyond range, unless there was more avgas at Mitchell Falls, which there wasn’t. So, we decided that we would continue on, stopping at the gorges on the way and probably end up spending 2 nights at Mount Elizabeth Station. It had been another great day, great swimming at Bell Gorge, which was beautiful, with lots of water. It was very scenic. I took lots of photos. It was a very full day and it worked very well. Tony Richards.

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