Old Telegraph Track (OTT) is a rough road accessible only during the dry season in Australia, located on Cape York, in tropical north Queensland. The road is 350km (217 miles) long. It’s definitely 4WD only. The track is generally narrow, with some sections being very rocky and eroded.
Last year Chris (Vision founder) and Scotty (from Creek to Coast) tackled the OTT on their Cape York Adventure
Your trip starts way before you hit the road. A lot of planning and organisation goes into an epic adventure like this, so you want to make sure you’re well prepared. Chris started planning the trip 9 months out making sure the timing was right with things like weather and school holidays taken into consideration.
Here are Chris’s tips for dirt road tyre pressure on this trip (keeping in mind current weather and track conditions):
“We knew the majority of the driving was going to be on dirt so we went straight to dirt road pressures. I dropped rears down to 25 and worked way up to 30 when hot, and fronts were down to 20 and will work their way up to 25 when hot. Then when we hit the rough stuff and knew we wouldn’t be going over 15-20kms p/h I went down to about 17-18 in the front of my vehicle and I went down to 21-22 in the rear of the vehicle to really bag it out and soften the ride and reduce the load on the vehicle.”
In this video, Chris also chats about what gear you should have with you like a Rattle Gun, Drill, and Recovery Gear including soft shackles, tree truck protector, winch extension strap, snatch strap and snatch block.
Chris’s tip for water crossing with a van in tow… “As slow as possible – as fast as necessary.”