WESTERN WARMUP WALKABOUT TREK

 

 

 

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Western Warmup Walkabout

10 Days

Between April 16 and May 3 2020

Dates will be confirmed in January 2020

 

1 day 4WD / 8 days trekking / 1 day 4WD

Moderate

10

Alice Springs

Alice Springs

AUD$5000

Includes 4WD transfers

Summary

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Practicalities

 

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 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. Preparation at Deniliquin NSW (where the camels live) takes about three weeks, then it's a 4 day journey with 6 vehicles to the desert. And then a team of cameleers 'put everything together'.

 

Cameleers, drivers, volunteers and other crew have a myriad of pre-season tasks with the culmination being this 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 in 2020 will be introducing 2 new camels to our mob.

 

The warmup involves packing gear, adjusting and fitting saddles, training the newly purchased camels, oiling the timber on the packsaddles, and all the other myriad of jobs that need to be done in preparation for life in the desert.

 

We know that many of our regular trekkers are camel-lovers and are interested in how we prepare for the trekking season, so we have decided to open the Western Warmup Walkabout to those people who would like to experience the desert and our camels, but without the structure of a regular trek. However on this WWW, there will be far more close work with the camels than would occur on the ADE surveys.

 

We will be walking on most - but not all - days of the trek, and as with 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 up to 10 trekkers along with us.

 

The Warmup trek differs from the ADE treks, and:

 

 

 

 

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, as they have additional preparation duties in Alice Springs.

 

  • Unlike the ADE surveys, has no ecological or scientific program
  • Will operate from a base camp
  • Will not necessarily walk with camels every day

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Proposed route of the WarmUp Walkabout Trek

Please note that the route corridor depicts the area that the trek will operate in and is not intended to show the actual trek route which remains flexible.

THIS TREK IS RATED AS MODERATE

See here for a guide.

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

We will issue you with a comprehensive Trek Information Guide that details everything you need to know about what to bring and what to expect on your trek. This will be sent to you as a PDF document.

 

DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?

Yes, travel insurance is compulsory. Our office can advise on a suitable policy.

 

INCLUDED

- 4WD transfers from Alice Springs to the camel camp and return

- All specialist safety equipment & communications

- Swags & tents

- Trek kit bag for your personal gear

- Desert silence!

 

NOT INCLUDED

- Flights to/from Alice Springs and any other transport in Alice Springs prior to/after the trek

- Accommodation and meals in Alice Springs

- Personal trekking equipment you may wish to use such as walking poles etc

- Eating and drinking utensils

- Waterbottle

- Sleeping bag, sheets & pillowcase. (You need to bring these items and they will be put into our swag)

- Day pack

 

FOOD

You must notify us upon booking if you have any known medical and/or food allergies.

 

GETTING TO THE CAMELS

Your camel team will be on the western edge of the Simpson Desert on Andado Station. You will make the journey from Alice Springs in a 4WD, via Binns Track, the journey taking about 5-6 hours with a lunch stop enroute. The return journey is the same route.

 

FULL TREK NOTES WILL BE ISSUED WITH YOUR TREK INFORMATION GUIDE

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