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Published on Aug 19, 2014
Many potential star party visitors often ask what the gravel road is like that goes up to Mt. Kobau. This dash cam footage should provide a pretty good idea of what it is like. If you watch to the end, you'll also get to see what the actual star party site is like.
Admittedly, I am going up the mountain at a pretty good clip taking roughly 35 minutes to complete the ascension. Many people will probably consider this too fast. Depending on your vehicle, what you are towing, and your comfort level, you should adjust your speed accordingly. Many people will take over an hour to ascend the mountain.
I kept a driving mistake in the video for all to see to emphasize the importance of staying aware of the road conditions and what is on it. The road itself can vary from nicely packed small pebbles to loose large rocks and the transition can occur rather quickly depending on your speed. That said, if you take your time, exercise patience, and drive sensibly, you should be able to make it up (and down) the mountain without much drama. If you watch to the very end you'll see that many people in a variety of vehicles traversed this road successfully and many of them do so annually.
(Yes, I did drive slower on the way down.)
Technical details: The footage was taken with an Ojocam Mini 0801 Dash Cam on my way to the 2014 Mount Kobau Star Party. The car is a 2005 Subaru Impreza RS Wagon. The occasional bleeps you hear in the background is my Yaesu VX-3R amatuer radio transceiver scanning the local amateur repeater frequencies.