creek crossing is the most famous creek crossing on the Old Telegraph
famous Gunshot Creek
crossing is the absolute highlight of their whole Cape
people like to hang their memorabilia in trees in many remote places on
the Peninsula, nowhere else can
you tell that the excitement levels
have been this high up.
What Is So Special about the
isn't easy to find a moment to
have this creek crossing for yourself - there is always someone who is
just sitting here waiting for others to come down to clap their hands
the Gunshot Creek crossing 2010. It really
place, and when done properly, it is indeed something that puts your
adrenaline levels right up.
it properly" means going down at one of the steep drops, the most
right-hand track (right-hand
when you are on the top and left-hand once you're down and look back to
it - the
nowadays the more usual
Creek crossing 2012. UPDATE It
changes too, in 2014
the dark mud drop looked like this: Gunshot crossing 2014.
The easy alternative is to do the so-called "Slingshot",
which means driving left along the creek a bit, until you come to the
easiest slope and do it from there.
Walk down and have a look first -
don't let the steepest crossing turn you off if
you know yourself and
going up the so called 'cheat track', aka Slingshot. Hey, I have done it (and
yes, Rob did get my wheels right!). While it
is really exciting to do it and can easily be the highlight of the
whole trip, make sure you know
yourself and your vehicle before you decide to
do it! Once you start
dropping you're going down and there is no way
after doing the steep drop of Gunshot; and the bank from above.
have someone to guide you to make
sure you get your
wheels right. Because when you are up there, you cannot see anything
down where you are going.
Paul getting my wheels right, in the older days. There
is heaps of memorabilia
on the northern bank of the creek, but only from the current year, as the lot gets washed away every wet season.
Below are a few videos
Doing the "dark-mud" drop..
That's how simple it is if you do it right.
Doing the middle drop:
so much agree with the author, who says, "cameras never justify it"...
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