Friday, March 12, 2010

Light Offroad at East Borneo

Some time ago, Fajar Kurniawan who domiciled in East Kalimantan (Borneo) shared his experience about the Light Offroad track in his region. Here is the article posted to Trooper Indonesia mailing list.

Track km-24 to km-38 to Bengkirai camp
This is a HTI area with hilly and narrow roads, and sometimes with the wide of motorcycle handleba, lots of wooden log, broken branches, and heavy muddy road during rain. So scratches along the body and bended roofrack are commonly happen. But his track provides enough adventure that you wouldn't want to miss.

Mud, water lines, inclined steep, heavy turns, as well as insects are presented in this route. You need to be careful when crossing the mud because often there are wooden sticks/logs in adjacent and unseen which could be accidentally thrown and stab the body of your car.

The location is not too far from Balikpapan so it could make it a favorite offroad spot. The track can be completed in about 4-5 hours. You require minimum specification for this track, and simply MT tyres are enough. But some euquipment such as winch, recovery tools are still recommended. Radio communication is also recommended during the trip because most of the route (80%) there is no phone signal.

You have option in this route to accommodate standard vehicle and extreme vehicle. For the standard Chevrolet Trooper, you need to be extra careful unless there is Recovery Team which is ready anytime when you stuck.

Track km-23 to Tritip to Tanah Merah Beach
Track km-23 to Tritip beach is suitable for a family adventure. With shallow river, easy muddy road when rain, and the road with some dirt through the public plantation, can be completed within 4-5 hours. This also include the time used for lunch break.

When you are out from the asphalt road of Tritip which is about 3 km, the route will continue to villages and ended with the dirt road. The next track will be sandy road which is wide enough so there should not be any worried about damages on the car. There is also no risk that may cause the car to be winched out from mud.

Article and Picture Source: Fajar Kurniawan, mailing list
- Yudhi -

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