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    The Baboon 4x4 Trail

    On Saturday the 30th of July 2004, The Club held their first 4x4 trail for the new year, The Baboon 4x4 Trail is situated on the slopes of Madeira Mountain near Queenstown, above Louis du Plessi's Farm.
    We all met in front of The J.J. Serfontein School at 9h00am and then set off in convoy to the start of the Trail Head with Simon, in front as "The leader of the pack".

    It was then decided that Rob Walton in his Mazda 2.5 tdi double cab 4x4 would tackle "The Diff Lock Hill" first, drive up and through and then we would have a vehicle on top to use, in case other vehicles could not make it to the top, however due to the previous rain from Friday evening, the conditions were rather wet and slipperely, Rob in his vehicle could not get through even with his diff-lock engaged, thus he reversed back down and let Louis in J.P's Toyota Hilux single cab 4x4 have a go and once again Diff Lock Hill could not be conqued, Louis also had to reverse back down. Then Danie Nell (with 2 L's ) in his 1946 Willy's Jeep CJ 2 A wedged his foot in the hook and with motor racing, he took on this challenge with mighty vigour and extreme caution he managed to get his vehicle three quarters of the way up, but once again this hill could not be conquered. Danie tried again and then we heard this loud clang and realised that Danie had damaged his left front inner side shaft, thus out came the control unit for his winch and with the help of Morne' Malan, Simon Morris and Rob Walton we were soon all ready to winch Danies Jeep up and over this difficult section of this trail, but only when The Safety Officer was happy that everybody was safe out of the way and a strap was wound around the winch cable did the winching operation begin.
    We soon had The Willy's safely through and out of the way for the next vehicle to have a go and that was Simon, in his trusty 1982 Datsun Tracker 1800cc 4x4 single cab.

    Now Simon has been driving his vehicle over and through many 4x4 trails the past few years, he has gained a vast amount of knowledge of what his vehicle's capabilities are, due to their been no diff locks and poor front approach angles, Simon has learnt that when these steep inclines are to be conquered, there is only one thing to do and that is to load his loadbody of his vehicle with whatever rocks or scrap metal that are available, thus once Simon was happy that there were enough rocks in the back.Did Simon select low range 4x4 and then with one direction and aim in mind he excelerated and slowly his vehicle with slight wheel spin now and then managed, without too much effort to tame this hill and drove up and through to the top. What a feeling of achievment he felt with been able to do this in his bakkie that everybody keeps on telling him to sell and buy a Toyota instead.

    By this time the ground had managed to dry out a bit, thus Jakes Pieterse in his Toyota Hilux double cab 4x4 V6 also showed us that he and his vehicle could conquer this hill as well. By this time Rob Walton had changed his mind and also got his vehicle to the top, without too much effort. We then said our goodbyes to Danie in his Jeep, as he could not proceed futher up the trail in 2wd, thus he returned down the trail and went home to repair his vehicle.

    Louis du Plessis and Marnie in the Toyota decided that this hill was too much for their vehicle and told us that they were going to Chris Smith's home to have the braai and watch the rugby there, it was previously planned that the braai and rugby would be watched out here on the trail, but it seems that once again certain people changed the plans, Ben and Simon and the other guys had no intention of going to Chris's home to watch the rugby, we just wanted to enjoy ourselves out on the trail, we could have all had a great time out here with the guys watching the rugby and us guys having fun in our 4x4's and then a braai altogether, but as I said, the plans were changed.

    However the three vehicles, Datsun, Mazda and the Toyota Hilux finally managed to get to the top plateur, we then tackled the downward trail, that offered us with much challenging sections, somtimes it seemed that our vehicles would run away, but the low range selection of the transfer case stopped this happening, we were all soon down at the bottom, out came the coffee and rusksand cooldrinks, Rob turned on his radio and we managed to follow the rugby. Rob and Jakes then returned home and Ben and Simon went once again up through Diff Lock Hill without any problems, with Ben in his Toyota Hilux 4x4 single cab 1986 model.

    We went to explore more challenging section of the mountain side that we could use to make and extend the trail, we made a fire and soon the lekker smell of meat been braaid made our mounths water. Out came a few cans of coke and the meat was delicious.

    What a wonderful setting this was, with the views of the surrounding valley's below, the cliffs above jutting out, to cause a sort of toppeling feeling, the snort of a Blesbuck close by and the sunshine rays giving us with some warmth that were very welcome.
    Once we had made sure that the fire was properly put out, only then did we start our homeward drive down off this mountain.

    Well once again to all of you who could or did not join us, you all missed out on a fantastic day of 4x4'ing, we all had good laughs, a good time, this was a very cool trail, see you at the next trial in August where we will be visiting The Rocky Mountain 4x4 Trail, now this trail is not for the feint hearted, we will be extending it and will be making it more challenging and trimming back those garstly thorn tree branches.
    Until next time, use your 4x4 off-road, this is what it was designed for..............

    Yes come to Queenstown, we have lots of natural trails to drive.
    tel 082 499 1924

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    PROPER Necro this, but I was looking at this trail to do while on leave. THanks for the great review. Reads like an action novel!



    Quote Originally Posted by Big Hilux View Post
    The Queenstown 4x4 Off-road Club

    The Baboon 4x4 Trail

    On Saturday the 30th of July 2004, The Club held their first 4x4 trail for the new year, The Baboon 4x4 Trail is situated on the slopes of Madeira Mountain near Queenstown, above Louis du Plessi's Farm.
    We all met in front of The J.J. Serfontein School at 9h00am and then set off in convoy to the start of the Trail Head with Simon, in front as "The leader of the pack".

    It was then decided that Rob Walton in his Mazda 2.5 tdi double cab 4x4 would tackle "The Diff Lock Hill" first, drive up and through and then we would have a vehicle on top to use, in case other vehicles could not make it to the top, however due to the previous rain from Friday evening, the conditions were rather wet and slipperely, Rob in his vehicle could not get through even with his diff-lock engaged, thus he reversed back down and let Louis in J.P's Toyota Hilux single cab 4x4 have a go and once again Diff Lock Hill could not be conqued, Louis also had to reverse back down. Then Danie Nell (with 2 L's ) in his 1946 Willy's Jeep CJ 2 A wedged his foot in the hook and with motor racing, he took on this challenge with mighty vigour and extreme caution he managed to get his vehicle three quarters of the way up, but once again this hill could not be conquered. Danie tried again and then we heard this loud clang and realised that Danie had damaged his left front inner side shaft, thus out came the control unit for his winch and with the help of Morne' Malan, Simon Morris and Rob Walton we were soon all ready to winch Danies Jeep up and over this difficult section of this trail, but only when The Safety Officer was happy that everybody was safe out of the way and a strap was wound around the winch cable did the winching operation begin.
    We soon had The Willy's safely through and out of the way for the next vehicle to have a go and that was Simon, in his trusty 1982 Datsun Tracker 1800cc 4x4 single cab.

    Now Simon has been driving his vehicle over and through many 4x4 trails the past few years, he has gained a vast amount of knowledge of what his vehicle's capabilities are, due to their been no diff locks and poor front approach angles, Simon has learnt that when these steep inclines are to be conquered, there is only one thing to do and that is to load his loadbody of his vehicle with whatever rocks or scrap metal that are available, thus once Simon was happy that there were enough rocks in the back.Did Simon select low range 4x4 and then with one direction and aim in mind he excelerated and slowly his vehicle with slight wheel spin now and then managed, without too much effort to tame this hill and drove up and through to the top. What a feeling of achievment he felt with been able to do this in his bakkie that everybody keeps on telling him to sell and buy a Toyota instead.

    By this time the ground had managed to dry out a bit, thus Jakes Pieterse in his Toyota Hilux double cab 4x4 V6 also showed us that he and his vehicle could conquer this hill as well. By this time Rob Walton had changed his mind and also got his vehicle to the top, without too much effort. We then said our goodbyes to Danie in his Jeep, as he could not proceed futher up the trail in 2wd, thus he returned down the trail and went home to repair his vehicle.

    Louis du Plessis and Marnie in the Toyota decided that this hill was too much for their vehicle and told us that they were going to Chris Smith's home to have the braai and watch the rugby there, it was previously planned that the braai and rugby would be watched out here on the trail, but it seems that once again certain people changed the plans, Ben and Simon and the other guys had no intention of going to Chris's home to watch the rugby, we just wanted to enjoy ourselves out on the trail, we could have all had a great time out here with the guys watching the rugby and us guys having fun in our 4x4's and then a braai altogether, but as I said, the plans were changed.

    However the three vehicles, Datsun, Mazda and the Toyota Hilux finally managed to get to the top plateur, we then tackled the downward trail, that offered us with much challenging sections, somtimes it seemed that our vehicles would run away, but the low range selection of the transfer case stopped this happening, we were all soon down at the bottom, out came the coffee and rusksand cooldrinks, Rob turned on his radio and we managed to follow the rugby. Rob and Jakes then returned home and Ben and Simon went once again up through Diff Lock Hill without any problems, with Ben in his Toyota Hilux 4x4 single cab 1986 model.

    We went to explore more challenging section of the mountain side that we could use to make and extend the trail, we made a fire and soon the lekker smell of meat been braaid made our mounths water. Out came a few cans of coke and the meat was delicious.

    What a wonderful setting this was, with the views of the surrounding valley's below, the cliffs above jutting out, to cause a sort of toppeling feeling, the snort of a Blesbuck close by and the sunshine rays giving us with some warmth that were very welcome.
    Once we had made sure that the fire was properly put out, only then did we start our homeward drive down off this mountain.

    Well once again to all of you who could or did not join us, you all missed out on a fantastic day of 4x4'ing, we all had good laughs, a good time, this was a very cool trail, see you at the next trial in August where we will be visiting The Rocky Mountain 4x4 Trail, now this trail is not for the feint hearted, we will be extending it and will be making it more challenging and trimming back those garstly thorn tree branches.
    Until next time, use your 4x4 off-road, this is what it was designed for..............

    Yes come to Queenstown, we have lots of natural trails to drive.
    tel 082 499 1924
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    Quote Originally Posted by montanaZA View Post
    PROPER Necro this, but I was looking at this trail to do while on leave. THanks for the great review. Reads like an action novel!
    Damn, you broke the record for the longest post without a reply. Itís like opening a 30 year old Brandy....
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