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Incidents in the mountains

By johnboy - 24 December 2012 20

Recent incidents in which people have ventured out into bushland inadequately prepared has prompted ACT Policing to warn the community about the need to plan for contingencies.

In the first incident, a 4WD vehicle became bogged on Saturday (December 22) while driving on tracks in the Brindabella Ranges near the Mount Coree turnoff.

The two men, with two two-year-old children and two 18-month-old infants in their vehicle, had become stuck and did not have the equipment to extricate their 4WD.

One of the men walked some distance to obtain mobile service, then texted their location. The Specialist Response Group’s Search and Rescue team was despatched, but fortunately a passing vehicle had provided a tow before police arrived.

In an unrelated incident, a group of seven unprepared bushwalkers who had left at 5am yesterday (Sunday, December 23) for a walk in the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve were caught out by the sudden change in weather and had not returned by 8.30pm.

The group, which had been lightly clothed and carried only daypacks, texted friends that they were sheltering in the bush overnight. While there were no immediate concerns for the group’s safety, the poor weather overnight prompted ACT Rangers and SRG Search and Rescue to head to the location at first light today (Monday, December 24) to ensure the walkers were safe.

SRG Sergeant Will Collins said these incidents reminded people they should prepare carefully if heading into the bush.

“We would encourage anyone who is heading into a remote area to follow the practice of preparing for a range of weather contingencies and unforseen circumstances, and always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return,” Sergeant Collins said.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Incidents in the mountains
Jivrashia 1:43 am 29 Dec 12

All I can say is, if you can negotiate the seriously bad road west of the trail to the summit to Mt. Coree, I will be more than be happy to pay you for any lessons you can give me with my new SUV.

Frankly the scene was just of stupidly deep holes and such that I would not have risked being taken into by it. I may have been imaging the risk too much, but frankly the possibility of rolling my vehicle over seemed much much too real.

Please go visit the place of the photo I have taken, and then let me know I was chicken livered.

Over to you.

KB1971 7:51 am 27 Dec 12

460cixy said :

Hope your not the sort of person that drives up there in the snow causeing grief for other motorists

Only the summit of Mt Coree gets snow, I have never seen it on any of the lead up tracks such as Pabral, Curries or Two Sticks Roads. Having said that, two sticks does get a bit up at the end near Brinabella Mountain where Brindabella and Mount Franklin Roads meet.

Mt Franklin Rd is usually closed from this point so people cannot drive up the road and “cause grief for other motorists” as there is usually no one else in there.

460cixy 8:05 pm 26 Dec 12

Jivrashia said :

In the first incident, a 4WD vehicle became bogged on Saturday (December 22) while driving on tracks in the Brindabella Ranges near the Mount Coree turnoff.

The two men, with two two-year-old children and two 18-month-old infants in their vehicle, had become stuck and did not have the equipment to extricate their 4WD.

Was there on Friday afternoon.
On my return from the Mt. Coree sumit I came across a set of huge holes while circumnavigating around the said mountain.

The bog holes where big enough to take in a small car whole, and probably half of a 4wd.
They were THAT EFFING BIG (pic here).

I got out and looked about to see if there was any way to navigate around it but in the end I decided not to risk it, as there was a real danger that the tyres could slip into the hole and roll the vehicle, and went back the way I came.

While leaving the scene I had a thought as to who will be fool-hardy enough to try to cross over it.
Well, there’s my answer.

Hope your not the sort of person that drives up there in the snow causeing grief for other motorists

KB1971 3:21 pm 26 Dec 12

Jivrashia said :


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Lazy I 11:35 pm 25 Dec 12

bigfeet said :

milkman said :

screaming banshee said :

I’ve driven a sigma through bigger than that
/internettoughguy

I too have a stigma.

I too have a stigmata and can cross muddy bog holes without sinking.

I too have a stigmatism and have trouble seeing large bog holes in the road.

Jivrashia 10:58 pm 25 Dec 12

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bigfeet 1:04 am 25 Dec 12

milkman said :

screaming banshee said :

I’ve driven a sigma through bigger than that
/internettoughguy

I too have a stigma.

I too have a stigmata and can cross muddy bog holes without sinking.

KB1971 11:43 pm 24 Dec 12

Jivrashia said :

In the first incident, a 4WD vehicle became bogged on Saturday (December 22) while driving on tracks in the Brindabella Ranges near the Mount Coree turnoff.

The two men, with two two-year-old children and two 18-month-old infants in their vehicle, had become stuck and did not have the equipment to extricate their 4WD.

Was there on Friday afternoon.
On my return from the Mt. Coree sumit I came across a set of huge holes while circumnavigating around the said mountain.

The bog holes where big enough to take in a small car whole, and probably half of a 4wd.
They were THAT EFFING BIG (pic here).

I got out and looked about to see if there was any way to navigate around it but in the end I decided not to risk it, as there was a real danger that the tyres could slip into the hole and roll the vehicle, and went back the way I came.

While leaving the scene I had a thought as to who will be fool-hardy enough to try to cross over it.
Well, there’s my answer.

What were you in? A lowered Commodore?

milkman 9:15 pm 24 Dec 12

screaming banshee said :

I’ve driven a sigma through bigger than that
/internettoughguy

I too have a stigma.

screaming banshee 7:03 pm 24 Dec 12

I’ve driven a sigma through bigger than that
/internettoughguy

Jivrashia 6:11 pm 24 Dec 12

In the first incident, a 4WD vehicle became bogged on Saturday (December 22) while driving on tracks in the Brindabella Ranges near the Mount Coree turnoff.

The two men, with two two-year-old children and two 18-month-old infants in their vehicle, had become stuck and did not have the equipment to extricate their 4WD.

Was there on Friday afternoon.
On my return from the Mt. Coree sumit I came across a set of huge holes while circumnavigating around the said mountain.

The bog holes where big enough to take in a small car whole, and probably half of a 4wd.
They were THAT EFFING BIG (pic here).

I got out and looked about to see if there was any way to navigate around it but in the end I decided not to risk it, as there was a real danger that the tyres could slip into the hole and roll the vehicle, and went back the way I came.

While leaving the scene I had a thought as to who will be fool-hardy enough to try to cross over it.
Well, there’s my answer.

Grumpy Old Fart 3:03 pm 24 Dec 12

The Coree bog holes are normally navigable if you get out find your line and know the capabilities of your vehicle and don’t want to get stuck. If how ever your testosterone gets the better of you they will swallow your four wheel drive. I wonder what survival gear they were carrying I bet I could guess.

If you are going into these locations either go equipped or with another vehicle with a recovery set between you. The Brindies may be close but the weather patterns are much more variable than down here in the city and it can be a long walk to get reception if at all.

Postalgeek 3:00 pm 24 Dec 12

In an unrelated incident, a group of seven unprepared bushwalkers who had left at 5am yesterday (Sunday, December 23) for a walk in the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve were caught out by the sudden change in weather and had not returned by 8.30pm. The group, which had been lightly clothed and carried only daypacks, texted friends that they were sheltering in the bush overnight.

Maybe there were seven unprepared bushwalkers, or maybe there were six unprepared bushwalkers and someone who prefers his food to walk itself in. You can never be really sure….

KB1971 2:13 pm 24 Dec 12

I did a pushbike ride from Caloola Farm in June. It was only 60km but the difficult terrain was going to make it slow work.

We left all our details and a description of the route with John at the farm in case we were going to be late.

I also made sure I had lights on my bike, a first aid kit, something to light a fire with and more food than I needed. I advised every body else in the group to do the same. One of the guys had a spot tracker to advise his family where we were and it has an emergency alert similar to an epirb.

Just as well we did, we averaged just under 5km/h and it took us roughly nine ours and we got back in at absolute last light in a freezing winters night. John was on his way to get us in the 4WD. We are all experienced and fit mountain bikers who underestimated the terrain.

BUT we did all the right things and had contingency plans in place but we were nearly caught out.

The Brindies are only a hop skip and a jump from town but they can cause a world of hurt if you get it wrong.

LSWCHP 1:34 pm 24 Dec 12

In the last school holidays I took the kids out to Square Rock, which is a reasonable hike. Everybody was dressed and shod appropriately, and we had packs with food, water, a first aid kit, insect repellent, a space blanket, a topo map and a compass.

On the return journey we ran into a bunch of Asian tourists dressed in street clothes, with dress sandals on their feet and carrying nothing more than their iphones. They looked like the definition of an accident waiting to happen.

As for the OP…I have friends with 4WD vehicles, and I’ve been out in the mountains with them a few times. They always go in pairs or larger groups. They expect difficulties because of the nature of what they’re doing and carry all necessary vehicle rescue gear such as winches and snatch straps, and they’ve all been trained in the use of the gear. Going out to a remote area in a single vehicle with 4 infants in the back is, to be kind, stupid.

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