A opportunity to be part of the first trek of the winter when we assemble the camel team in preparation for the winter trekking season.
As part of the three week pre-trekking period, we spend a considerable amount of time preparing our camels, vehicles, gear and equipment in readiness for 5 months walking the Simpson Desert. Cameleers, drivers, volunteers and other crew have a myriad of pre-season tasks with the culmination being the warmup walkabout trek. It is on this trek that we make sure all the camels are ready for the demanding season ahead. Most years we introduce new camels to the team and this year we will be introducing 4 new camels to our mob.
We will be walking on most days of the trek, and as with our Bare Sole Trek and all the ADE surveys we work on, your active participation on this warmup trek is expected.
However the pace will be casual and is unlike any of the other treks we do in the season, as the focus will be on the camels and preparation. There will be additional cameleers than usual on duty during this trek, and we have room to take 6 trekkers along with us.
We will be walking in the dune fields of the western Simpson Desert on Andado Station. The landscape consists of towering red-crimson dunes, wide inter-dune corridors, small (usually dry!) creeks and scattered timber of Coolibah, Bloodwood and Mulga. Spinifex is the dominant plant species, however much of this hardy plant was destroyed in the 2011/12 bushfires, and many of the dunes and swales are now spinifex-free, which does make for easier walking.
Walking in this landscape is on firm sand and occasional claypans and gibber flats. The western Simpson has had some rain in early March so there may be a profusion of yellow flowers such as poached-egg daisy & 'Yellowtop' covering the landscape, and supplying our camels with fresh feed.... however it's not until we actually get out there that we will know the extent of any rainfall.
There will be at least 2 'half-days' during the trek where the camel team will pull up at lunchtime, allowing you time to investigate the landscape at your own pace in the afternoon, perhaps to sit on a dune and contemplate life. On some days we may meet up with a vehicle, as some crew will be coming & going from the trek.