Wow the site is fantastic at the moment, frost coming out of the ground with rain on top making it super slippery!! The ice is about 3 inches thick on the water splashes so we must have had a more serious frost than we realised. Pic is of our club members in the east section today about to attempt the hill. It was very good to see the Jenkins boys back after a bit of a break, they picked a really good day. Two new members joined today, Ryan from Freuchie and Abao from Glasgow with Disco and Jeep respectively. Hopefully I will get the pressure hose sorted this week and I'm also needing a new battery for my white Land Rover which does a lot of recovery winching which seems to have worn it out. And me!!
We had ten visitors form the Scottish Mud Club today, they are a pretty well equiped lot and had a lot of fun on site. Conditions were wet and muddy!! We are going to have a joint BBQ and camping weekend, probably in April just after Easter which i will keep you posted about. The starter motor on the pressure hose has packed up so it will be out of action for a week or two, you'll need to wash in the water splash!!?? All the best, Walter
Firstly, sorry I have not been posting much lately but we have been run off our feet! Today we had our three yearly inspection for accreditation pursposes for membership of the International Organisation of Professional Drivers IOPD and the British Off Road Driving Association BORDA. These are the organisations that certify our training. Steve of the IOPD did the inspection and many thanks to him for his time. There are, as always, a few things we need to improve but other than that it went well. The site is very wet at the moment and some of the new tracks are really slippy, test the depth of the water splashes before you drive into them!! All the best, Walter.
Starting a new training contract for an international telecommunications company now. It should be fun as Ken and I have to train drivers for Scot Track, Polaris Ranger, Toyota Hilux and Land Rover Discovery. The site is wet again after all the rain last week, always happens around T in the Park!!
I have scattered old tractor tyres in selected places around the site to make drivers use a slightly different track, this helps prevent erosion and allows some vegetation to grow. Please leave them where they are for now. Pic is of our Simba looking at the tyres, I think or perhaps it's a rabbit! 5 new Club members this month with Suzuki's, a Cherokee and 110's. Plenty of water still on site but we are needing a bit of rain to make it slippery again. We have, as usual, a lot of people redeeming Christmas Gift Vouchers at this time of year and are now fully booked at weekends until the 16th July for anyone reading this and still wanting to book. Roll on summer, Walter.
Picture is of our instructor Ken Swan training drivers on Mule ATV's for a hydro power tunnelling project in the north of Scotland. The ATV's are mainly used to take the blasting crews to the mining face down a steeply inclined tunnel, exciting stuff!
We have also been training their crews to drive the access road in 4x4 vehicles, the first time I went up to the site in Feb 2010 the snow was deeper than the height of the Land Rover and it has been pretty bad at times this year. They will be very glad to see the summer arrive up there.
We are always happy to go to where the customer needs us.
After a record dry April I hope we have some rain soon for the 4x4 site, and also for the garden!! All the best, Walter
We had a beautiful sunny day for the spring BBQ yesterday, about 30 people attended and I had no complinats about the new tracks I made on the highest bit of Biens Law!! Pic shows the BBQ site and the stunning view over Kinross and Loch Leven, as well as myself working hard doing the cooking! That's all for now. Walter
I assume this is what is meant by high lift suspension???!!! Looks great from this angle! This was in fact a gentle roll and afterwards it looks much more dramatic than it actually was although I stress I was not in the vehicle with the Club member. For those who know the site it is a steep descent in the south west corner looking out towards Loch Leven. However as always I am very relieved there was no one hurt and it is just the location that will make recovery awkward. Just completed the new fence up the side of the access road and hope to get a few new tracks made before the BBQ on Sunday next, the 17th. Walter
Someone last weekend had a dump in the laurel bushes by the car park over the road, I only just noticed it before the dogs rolled in it!! The culprit used a white Nike polo shirt to wipe themselves and left it behind as well! If you know who left without a white polo shirt let me know as it was pretty disgusting to remove. Generally the visiting club members had a great time and left very little rubbish, except for the dump! The Scottish Off Road Driving Centre is now on Facebook and also videos are on You Tube if you search under Glentarkie. Next event is our Club BBQ on Sunday 17th April at 1300 hours. All the best, Walter
We had some visitors last weekend, they were very well behaved and thoroughly enjoyed themselves as you can see from the photo going up to the top of the hill.
The ground is absolutely soaking at the moment and all the water hazards are at full depth. The big pond is as deep as I have ever seen it, take care!!
I have moved the locked gate to the bottom of the hill next to the public road as of today, still the same system with the combination padlock. Three reasons; firstly so that any unauthorised people trying to get onto site have to gain entry in full view of the houses. Secondly it was nearly impossible to open the old gate and get the vehicle going again in the snow. Three it makes it easier for me to manage as it is next to the houses. Next move video surveillance on the gate! All the best, Walter.
Forecast to be +10c on Wednesday, fantastic!! Pics show the two vehicles that have made life a bit easier over the past few weeks, feeding pheasants and exercising the dogs. The Argocat is owned by Alan my neighbour who put snow tracks onto it this year. It goes anywhere even with 6 people on board. We should be open for customers again this weekend, at last. All the best, Walter
The thaw that started last week has come to a sudden stop this week and we are still not able to take clients onto the 4x4 site. We have frozen snow and thick ice still which is very difficult ot drive anywhere in, 50 metres and your stuck. You get yourself out and after another 50 metres your are stuck again, not much fun!! 27th November was the last time a client was on site and it looks as though we will have to cancel everyone this weekend. Five Mad on Mud Club members have been up over the festive break and I can see from the tracks it has not been easy!!?? Pic is of the big pond showing the Ochil Hills to the west, temp was -1c when i took the photo today. All the best Walter.