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Lady Talbot Dve....many trees down but some 4x4s have come in from Marysville end but cannot get out via to Mt M Gap!Also looks like they have been up to Keppels ignoring the seasons closure.Gates are open at Upper Taggerty Track to Keppels.....looks like padlock has been cut at junction of LTDve and Keppels intersection.Management gates still padlocked at Boundary Track and Mt M Gap.Beam our pics from the Gap!

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Light work for the Bears Steve. Holy mackerel. :oops:
 

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We got a complete study of debri done.4x4s have run in illegally .But on Lady Talbot we don’t have any complaints as the road surface is hard and not prone to damage .However the Keppels 4x4Track is going to get damaged and also Boundary trail if they are silly enough to drive all the way to a locked gate they cannot get past.The bottom gate on Keppels 4x4Track needs to be padlocked.It is open at the moment.
So.... Bears conclude access from Marysville has been reestablished but is most probably illegal.However nothing will get past those logs up towards Mt M Gap.And those gates on Mt MRd are solid constructions.
Now.....let’s see...An E Bike could gain access from Marysville side...as a generous path must exist .4x4s have no doubt been running up to Keppels Hut......therefore that muddy road must also have a generous path for Mt Bikes/E bikes .

Bears have not been out Boundary Track for a couple of weeks but would expect a few trees down now ....
Our photos are a complete record of debri this arvo on the Mt M(upper end)of Lady Talbot Dve.
We saw two 4x4s today that turned around due to debri about 1km from the LTDve/Keppels Hut 4x4 road intersection.

Two upper management gates are open atm....one has a cut padlock...the other may have just been left open.
Perhaps DSE may want to inspect some of these gates!
 

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Had the pleasure of talking to a family (and fido)that walked along there too...they were wondering about the best way to get close to Keppels with there vehicles.They also were a bit concerned in regard to track damage occurring on that steep track to Keppels Hut.

Many vehicles including sedans on the Mt M road...which is in excellent condition.It’s a popular area these days when it’s fine!
 

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Bears returned to Mt Margaret area for a work afternoon.
Mt Margaret Rd looks like it’s been recently graded.Several fallen trees that presented as negotiable obstacles were trimmed back or removed.Some dangerous big diam poles poking across roadway were cut from the top of the batter.Gates are open except for the Decending LadyTalbot Dve towards Marysville.

Bears went to Greenhill/Boundary Track Junction.

BoundaryTrack Gate is open.We removed a smaller diameter tree from the roadway at that Carpark area that was blocking Blue Range Rd.

Then we went along Lady Talbot Dve for a recce.
A dozer and DSE crew has delt with most of the winter rubbish.

Some new debri has been cut by other parties.
We got upto Boundary Track Junction with Keppels Hut 4x4 Track cutting some minor debri that the big four by fours have been running over.
But after the major hairpin there are several fallen trees still blocking the track to Keppels Hut.
Then we called it a day.
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A bit hard to get at the upper part of this one though!Look it’s got a necktie!
 

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Bears punched through to Keppels hut late this arvo.Cutting three major logs close to each other just up hill from the hairpin and other assorted debri.We got through at 5.30....then headed back to Mt M Gap to bask in the sun through the windscreen as team leader was stuffed.It was a fine beautiful day.

We saw several walkers doing the Lake Mt /Keppels Hut loop from Snowy Carpark.
Now 4x4tracks a bit debri strewn but it’s a goer.We only needed 2WD today as the surface is quite good.

We encountered three 4x4 on the way up there as we came back down.
 

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More work done today.Trimmed up some sections......looking better now on Keppels 4x4 track.Dry Track.Weather warm and sunny.Bears did recce on walking track....nice to walk without lugging saw around.Bit of work required on trail from start of steep section upward.Three fallen medium size trees all together on the steep slope and other smaller trees brought down by the big trees.
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More work done today.Trimmed up some sections......looking better now on Keppels 4x4 track.Dry Track.Weather warm and sunny.Bears did recce on walking track....nice to walk without lugging saw around.Bit of work required on trail from start of steep section upward.Three fallen medium size trees all together on the steep slope and other smaller trees brought down by the big trees.
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Big logs !!
 

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The walking track has three major logs close together .They are no bigger than those seen on the4x4 track.
Next visit the echo will be used to deal with the minor debri first leaving the three major players till last.
It was a very pleasant walk along the track upto the plateau above to the first major creek.But the obstacles were a energy sapper.The first kilometer of track is free of debri fortunately.As you climb the hill the wind has thrown more trees.
 
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Bloody hell another wind event day.
Bears no sooner clean up one tree to be replaced by another.
Folks around Melb are still waiting for power restoration and then another event rolls through.

Hopefully the DSE are deploying earth movers all over to cope with the debri.

That Black Saturday Bushfire is like extended long covid for forests !
Please no more intense wildfires they are screwing up the ecosystem.
We see areas that you cannot bushbash through.....a litany of fallen logs and branches with regrowth that Twiggy couldnot squeeze through.
 

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Bloody hell another wind event day.
Bears no sooner clean up one tree to be replaced by another.
Folks around Melb are still waiting for power restoration and then another event rolls through.

Hopefully the DSE are deploying earth movers all over to cope with the debri.

That Black Saturday Bushfire is like extended long covid for forests !
Please no more intense wildfires they are screwing up the ecosystem.
We see areas that you cannot bushbash through.....a litany of fallen logs and branches with regrowth that Twiggy couldnot squeeze through.
Twiggy the 60's singer from the U.K. or Twiggy Forrester , the wealthy right wing pain in the neck?
 

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The walking track has three major logs close together .They are no bigger than those seen on the4x4 track.
Next visit the echo will be used to deal with the minor debri first leaving the three major players till last.
It was a very pleasant walk along the track upto the plateau above to the first major creek.But the obstacles were a energy sapper.The first kilometer of track is free of debri fortunately.As you climb the hill the wind has thrown more trees.
Report back about the work on the Keppel's hut to LM ski trail foot route please. I take an interest in that route . There seems little point in slashing it back while we have all this rain causing the vegetation to grow back almost overnight.
 

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Report back about the work on the Keppel's hut to LM ski trail foot route please. I take an interest in that route . There seems little point in slashing it back while we have all this rain causing the vegetation to grow back almost overnight.
Another way to look at it is it's easier to knock down knee height than chest high.
 

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This loop is popular ....bears just keep seeing folk on this most times.Keppels Hut is a draw card.

It a pity Parks cannot spend some money on Lower Talbot Dve with all the waterfalls and the Beech Gulley.Those dangerous trees around installations need to be made less dangerous with the big earth movers!

All that money spent on Falls Hotham Iconic Walk.....we have better potential right on Melbs doorstep!
 

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Has that Makita Mr T got a sprocket nose with port for greasing.Bears got some grease into a small medical syringe and managed to pop some into it!We are gearing up for a cut of Keppels Walking Track with the baby echo first.Maybe saturday.We have done sufficient on the main approach leaving others to further supplement works achieved.Hopefully DSE could find a day to take a dozer for a walk from one end to the other.Bears even cleared a clogged oil filter on the echo the other day.Fished it out with paper clip and ckeaned of sawdust crap clogging the intake.We must learn to always clean sawdust around the filler cap when refilling!:blb:
 

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Mt Everard track had some reasonable timber down on Tuesday. Did have to lift the bike a couple of times. Managed to drag 1 log out the way, but others will need a half day from Parks/FFM with some cuts and dragging to clear. No idea how important this is as a fire access trail.
 

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Bears got on to walking track this arvo at Keppels Hut.We chainsawed the three big trees at least down onto the track..It’s a whole lot easier to step around the ends etc now.All the smaller debri was removed from around them.We just finished before the rain and thunder set in.
 

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Further work just completed this arvo on walking track.That group of problem trees on the first steep slope of walking track have been completely delt with.
It was a fine warm day....the little echo was used in conjunction with the long crow bar.It’s cut and moved off track.

Bears think a quick walk through from the other end with a chainsaw will account for any tree branches in the smaller diameter snow gums.

Very tiring with echo in one hand a crow bar in the other and a back pack with just sufficient two stroke and chain bar oil.
Bears sure drank a lot of fluids today.
 

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Has that Makita Mr T got a sprocket nose with port for greasing.Bears got some grease into a small medical syringe and managed to pop some into it!We are gearing up for a cut of Keppels Walking Track with the baby echo first.Maybe saturday.We have done sufficient on the main approach leaving others to further supplement works achieved.Hopefully DSE could find a day to take a dozer for a walk from one end to the other.Bears even cleared a clogged oil filter on the echo the other day.Fished it out with paper clip and ckeaned of sawdust crap clogging the intake.We must learn to always clean sawdust around the filler cap when refilling!:blb:
That small Echo chainsaw has given the Team Leader nothing but drama since day one. Makita make better 16 inch bar chainsaws that are reliable and dependable.
 

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Keppels Hut walking track now chainsawed top to bottom....no obstacles atm.

Keppels 4x4 track getting chewed up....will get worse over coming week if the rain event comes.
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Please be carefull when your out and about.
Make sure you have adaquate chainsaw fire power/snig chains and or winch and a long crow bar is a top idea.

SES should not have to rescue you if a few small trees have fallen.Trees will always fall up around there.......

Bears post the SES details from weekend(Sunday) for your examination.

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Problems!SES has locked gates into Boundary Track and upper Lady Talbot Dve....weekend weather good however.But they are still locked!Ten 4x4s just passed me at Mt M Gap!

Bears on walking trip t out on Boundary Track for exercise.....So warning ⛔️!Access heavily restricted atm heading to Keppels Hut from either direction.

Back to Boundary Track Trail Head to Park.Weather fine and dry up here ....no wind.no immediate dangers as compared to Sunday 3pm when your needed a submarine up here.Beautiful day now in sunshine!

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Team Bears should focus on clearing Long Spur on the AAWT. It is an urgent job .A weekend at Mulhauser camp will be good for the Team leader and his bears. I will be heading up there in Dec. to get my Mt. Bogong bushwalking fix.
What does Long Heath trail XC ski run on Lake Mtn. look like these days?. I would guess it is very overgrown with many fallen dead trees.
It could be something for the Team leader to consider working on perhaps?. Access would be via LM and Royston XC ski trail.
 

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Gates still locked this afternoon.Boundary trail is ok for 4x4 but as I said gate locked by SES.Picnic table stolen from Boundary Track too!Saw nobody on my travels...just 4x4 parked at Boundary trail and the numerous ones this morning driving along Mt M Rd.

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Weather good....very good.DSE needs to open gates again...On walked section of Keppels 4x4 track today no new obstacles....track baking in sunshine....drying out a lot.....
 

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I would hate to think what Long Heath Trail looks like........most probably lots of fallen trees.When the wallys open the gates back up bears May patrol Boundary Loop trail next.....and extension on the Keppels Walking Trail really!
 
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Too hot in Buxton.....Bears have to sit in shade to cool down!BOM have really stuffed this weekend forecast !
 

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Another beautiful sunny warm day up Buxton/Marysville .
Assuming that gates were still locked on the Mt M Rd Bears adopted a different work straregy!

Pleasing to note that somebody has cut all debri on Hut Loop(Boundary Hut Ruin Loop.)
Thus Keppels Hut Walking Track,the Hut loop as far as Panorama Trail has been delt with.
Bears cannot confirm or deny the rumours but they are tired and have gone back to the igloo for refreshments.
Marysville is completely over the top so we just ignored it.
A splendid day for working....in fact the second in a row.

Bears saw three women with packs returning to Lake Mt Carpark after doing the Keppels Hut loop.
Gates off Mt M Rd still locked as best Bears can tell.Keppels Hut campers have seen no 4x4s up there as they walked through and out this morning.
SES and DSE need to reopen gates promptly as weather is of no concern at the moment.
 

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Bears fired off an email today to find out when Gates on Mt M Rd are going to be opened again after SES locked them Sunday14th Nov.

Team Bears will give update when we find out anything!
Donot assume you can drive to Keppels Hut unless Marysville DELWP says otherwise!

Anyway.......Bears finished cut and patrol work on Keppels Hut Walking track ,Boundary Hut Loop Track and up to Panorama Trail Junction.

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Some work done on the Lake Mt end of Upper Taggerty Track.
Lake Mt Management have cut down to the metal machineery at the lower end of their Mt Bike Tracks.Bears did recce down to the concrete bridge and cut to the top of the hill about half kilometer from the bridge.([Thats Snowy Hill Carpark side of the bridge]

Bears saw two groups of two on the Keppels Hut loop.Again it’s obviously a popular weekend route!

I have it on good authority that Lake Mt Management understands the importance of Upper Taggerty Management Track for recreational activities ....especially Mt.BikesSo we might see some works done to keep it free of debri over coming weeks.
 

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Further work done today.Only a couple of trees that you can walk under remain.Very tiring arvo but work got done.

Today I saw two solo walkers.One guy doing the loop in a day.Another girl intending to camp at Keppels Hut.Everybody appears to be going clockwise around this loop.
A few logs cut and left in roadway ....Lake Mt Management or Parks can move them out of way.To heavy for Team Bears without crowbar.
 

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Echo has a very fine filter in oil tank.Blocked up again....so took saw to dealer this morning and watch him clean filter and tank.Surprizing how much sawdust was in the tank.

New grease gun for sprocket tip is working well.
Chains off for a resharpen also.
Little bearing in drive sprocket also cleaned and greased.

Bears like watching the professionals service the saw.

The old bar(spare) and sharp second chain is proving useful for bar jambs.

Multiple wedges also are essential .Bears getting good now in getting stuff done with minimum fuss.

Team Leader extremely tired after weekend.A can of beer after getting back to truck is a hit with bears!
 

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Echo has a very fine filter in oil tank.Blocked up again....so took saw to dealer this morning and watch him clean filter and tank.Surprizing how much sawdust was in the tank.

New grease gun for sprocket tip is working well.
Chains off for a resharpen also.
Little bearing in drive sprocket also cleaned and greased.

Bears like watching the professionals service the saw.

The old bar(spare) and sharp second chain is proving useful for bar jambs.

Multiple wedges also are essential .Bears getting good now in getting stuff done with minimum fuss.

Team Leader extremely tired after weekend.A can of beer after getting back to truck is a hit with bears!
That Echo chainsaw has been nothing but a never ending series of repair shop visits. The Team Leader should have got the 16 inch bar Makita chainsaw. I have had zero dramas with that unit and I have cut some reasonably big poles with it while track clearing with Bushwalking Victoria.
 

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Mr T should cycle along that Upper Taggerty Track and carry out that Makita for a weekend of fun and camping.
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Rodeo drivers side ball joints shot!Sunbury mechanic fitted new ones.....now rodeo driving better.Maybe Team Leader needs to run on less tyre air pressure.

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Rodeo drivers side ball joints shot!Sunbury mechanic fitted new ones.....now rodeo driving better.Maybe Team Leader needs to run on less tyre air pressure.

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I am surprised the Team Leader does not let his 4 x 4 tyres down to about 22 PSI when driving on some of the rougher unsealed roads. It makes for a less bumpy ride I am told but having a simple device to reinflate the tyres and measure the air pressure in the tyres in the field would be the best way forward. Car accessories shops sell affordable items like these.
 

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Bears got out as far as Taggerty Gap at the end of today.It took sat and Sunday to cut from the Bridge to the high point on the track.There is a huge root ball on the track about 200meters from the bridge but it’s possible to get over tree or around the root ball without too much difficulty.The head of this tall tree landed in the river below.

Over the weekend we saw several Keppels Hut travellers.

Two large diameter fallen trees took about two hours to bring under control.They had fallen one on top of the other.But now they are just several long lengths.
 

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So Mt bikes would be a practical method of negotiating this section.Just...be careful and don’t get to enthusiastic on the downhill sections .Further works maybe untaken when time and weather permits.

The next portion planned ....is down the hill and along to the hairpin bend and watercourse .But it’s quite a walk now out there to commence work .Bears may take some photos shortly.They have been to busy getting this first bit covered.
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Perhaps Bears may find a bike for these trips!
 

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So Mt bikes would be a practical method of negotiating this section.Just...be careful and don’t get to enthusiastic on the downhill sections .Further works maybe untaken when time and weather permits.

The next portion planned ....is down the hill and along to the hairpin bend and watercourse .But it’s quite a walk now out there to commence work .Bears may take some photos shortly.They have been to busy getting this first bit covered.
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Perhaps Bears may find a bike for these trips!
Bears bicycles and chain saws a unique combo indeed.
 
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