Cedar Grove Camping
Amamoor drive trip report
We started arriving just after 1pm and camped close to amenities,all good until Katherine and Paul realized they had camped at the wrong campsite but with a few helpful members were soon relocated.The fire was lit the drinks were poured food was started and the fun started.
Total members to arrive 12 adults and two children over the weekend.
Some of the members were there for the DAP hosted by Jim
They were Barton Grant, Catherine Price, Paul Price and Matt Jerwyn
While the DAP was underway the first drive led by Nigel and Dave began and was planned to be an easy drive and was until Nigel spotted a challenging climb which he and Dave both attempted, the terrain was rocky with loose shale and dust, the climb was tricky but with both lockers engaged Nigel made it.
Dave couldn’t get past the tree roots and was guided back down by Scott.Another route was found to meet up with Nigel and we continued on until we came to the two phone masts at which we had to turn around.Retracing our way back Nigel decided he didn’t want to go down the track he had climbed,the rest of the driving was enjoyable with a few challenges we headed back to camp for lunch.
After Lunch Jim led the members doing the DAP for a drive while the rest again led by Nigel and Dave headed for a tougher track.The entrance to the track was a steep drop in with limited visibility until you dropped in descending very quickly into a gnarly challenge with lots of back wheels off the ground and big washouts.As tough as it was nobody needed much assistance until we arrived at the main climb of this track again the terrain was rocky,dusty,steep and with loose shale.
Nigel was first up helped on uhf by Dave the plan was to keep up the left bank to avoid the washout and worked until the front wheel dropped in.From then on with help from Dave and Rob, Nigel winched (with extensionStrap) up to a right hand bend in the track.At that point the winch had become tangled Brad had arrived to give a hand we managed to free the cable only to realize it had become disconnected from the spool.
The look on Brads face when the cable came out with some electrical wiring was priceless, he looked at Dave and said shall I tell him.At this point Rod came up with his toolbox(I think he really enjoyed the climb) they removed the bash plate while Dave went back down to take Scott back out the way they had come to try to find the other end of the track incase the winch could not be fixed.
After a few attempts Dave and Scott made it out and was heard on UHF by Jim who Knew the way to the other end of the track he arrived first and guided Scott and Dave there.Luckily the winch was working again with a new rope attached and Nigel was in place to help winch up Rod if he needed it.Rod gave it full beans and was going well until he slid into the washout, he was attached to Nigel’s winch with an extension strap and winching started.
However after winching for a while it was decided that Rods 4×4 would suffer panel damage if we continued as the correct winching angle could not be achieved.He was guided back by Jim then with Rob now in the front with Dave,Brad& Sam and Rod& Heather we attempted to go back the way we came to meet up with the others.Rob had a few goes at the Shailey track but decided to winch,he made it but by the time he got there his winch was sending smoke signals.
Next up was Dave then Brad and finally Rod who of course gave it full beans.We met up and all made it back before dark with no major damage,everybody agreed it was Pub o’clock.Luckily Danielle was at camp keeping the fire going so arrive,lots of laughs about the day around a great campfire and maybe the odd drink or two,a few funny stories and many requests for a DAP certificate.
What a blast