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McMillans Walking Track 2018

PostPosted: Wed 16 May, 2018 7:57 am
by LLSC
Having heard of McMillans Walking Track, my friend and I were keen to walk it. There is less information readily available on it than on some other tracks. I have written a set of notes about our walk for those who are interested. I hope it provides a little more useful info for those considering the walk. See https://app.box.com/s/0s9vjn7zhumerapy5lhknhkdhstd9jm9

Re: McMillans Walking Track 2018

PostPosted: Wed 16 May, 2018 9:33 am
by north-north-west
Thanks for the report. Another one I've always wanted to do but never got around to.
Good to know the track is being maintained.

Re: McMillans Walking Track 2018

PostPosted: Wed 16 May, 2018 12:06 pm
by DavidB
Many thanks LLSC for this report. Plan to walk McMillans with a few others in November. The Ben Cruachan Walking Club also has some useful walk reports. They also help out with track maintenance. Reports can be found at http://bencruachanwalkingclub.com/

Re: McMillans Walking Track 2018

PostPosted: Wed 16 May, 2018 3:46 pm
by neilmny
Fantastic report thanks for the effort.

Re: McMillans Walking Track 2018

PostPosted: Wed 16 May, 2018 4:35 pm
by Canadianeh
Thanks for putting the time in to put this report together! With regard to navigation, did you rely solely on track markers, map and compass? Or did you find the GPS useful? Are you aware of any GPX files for the track that could be used to make navigation more straightforward?

Re: McMillans Walking Track 2018

PostPosted: Wed 16 May, 2018 5:24 pm
by Xplora
Thanks Doc for the report. Having dinner with Gordy at the Glen Wills retreat tonight and I will let him know. Emailed the link to him.

Re: McMillans Walking Track 2018

PostPosted: Wed 16 May, 2018 10:47 pm
by LLSC
Canadianeh wrote:Thanks for putting the time in to put this report together! With regard to navigation, did you rely solely on track markers, map and compass? Or did you find the GPS useful? Are you aware of any GPX files for the track that could be used to make navigation more straightforward?


Hi Canadianeh.
Thanks for your interest. On a few occasions, I did consult the GPS. Someone told me about Mudmaps for iPhone and I love it: it has got me out of a few fixes. I use it when I realise that I have made an error and want confirmation. There were a few occasions on this track when it helped us cut our losses (including when we were on Shamrock Spur on day 1; missing the turnoff from D4 on day 7). I am not an expert navigator, so for me, it is really worthwhile.
I don't know if there is going to be an official electronic map released. I believe that the data used on a recent walk will be given to Vicmaps, so their updated maps will have the correct route in future. There is a version of the route on Open Street Map that looks pretty accurate ( https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/4034791 ), as far as I can see, but I didn't use it. It does not show the current track up Crooked River but otherwise seems accurate. The track shown after Stonewall goes up the Jeff Spur Track, which would lead to Dargo High Plains Rd OK but, as I understand, was not the official McMWT prior to Crooked River Track being reopened. It used to go up the Jeff Davis Track. It probably doesn't matter much: I believe McMillan used all three tracks, at times. However, my strong preference is to to take the Crooked River Track, to avoid the long road walk along DHP Rd.
I think the notes of the BCWC trip from late last year should be released on their website pretty soon: they will be worth a look, to describe the current track.
Good luck, if you decide to walk it. The walk is interesting and the history, also.
Regards,
LLSC
Further edit on 18th May: the OSM track appears to be recent, showing accurately the route avoiding Mt Lookout and the path across the saddle immediately to the west of the Macalister River. The map itself does indicate the route across Gow's plain at the top of White Timber Spur and does show a track for Crooked River Mining Track and for 30 Mile Creek Mining Track. I haven't seen these details on other maps, so the OSM map is worth a look.

Re: McMillans Walking Track 2018

PostPosted: Wed 16 May, 2018 11:01 pm
by LLSC
Xplora wrote:Thanks Doc for the report. Having dinner with Gordy at the Glen Wills retreat tonight and I will let him know. Emailed the link to him.

Thanks, Xplora. It was great to spend a while with him again. He was very helpful again.
Pls say hi to Ms/Mrs Xplora.
LLSC

Re: McMillans Walking Track 2018

PostPosted: Thu 17 May, 2018 5:53 am
by Xplora
I have left your report open for her to read. We have passed the McMillan track on many of our trips and often thought about what it would be like. Not sure if the name will change in time as the evidence against Angus McMillan is pretty damning. Gordy told us or your intentions some time ago and is keen to read your report. Hope to catch up again next time you are in the area.

Re: McMillans Walking Track 2018

PostPosted: Thu 17 May, 2018 9:45 pm
by publicrejoicer
nice detailed report. Bravo

Re: McMillans Walking Track 2018

PostPosted: Sun 14 Oct, 2018 7:18 pm
by LLSC
Another interesting book on McMillan, putting a different side to his life is 'Thicker than Water' by Cal Flynn; Fourth Estate; 2016. ISBN 978 1 4607 5050

Re: McMillans Walking Track 2018

PostPosted: Sun 21 Oct, 2018 5:34 pm
by scoha
Excellent account - been interested in this for a while - looks magic

Re: McMillans Walking Track 2018

PostPosted: Mon 29 Oct, 2018 7:10 pm
by paidal_chalne_vala
I have walked bits of the McMillan track esp. the Treasure spur section coming up from Mayford on the Dargo river. That section has been worked on and is easy to navigate. Other sections are reportedly way overgrown . :-0

Re: McMillans Walking Track 2018

PostPosted: Wed 14 Nov, 2018 8:37 pm
by rocketrm2
My sincere thanks to you guys for your very informative notes on the McMillian track. There is very little info about this walk, you people have filled a vacuum.