A five day tour of the high country with Klaus Mueller from Australian Trail Tours. I was looking forward to the trip but then I started reading negative comments on the forums on this link and also this one. Injured riders being forced to continue riding. No EPIRB or support vehicle to rescue injured riders. Broken down bikes were just left behind for owner to somehow rescue later in the high country. Riders being yelled at or having things thrown at them. It was shaping up to be a very different trip to the norm! THE POSITIVES Australian Trail Tours and Klaus Mueller do have some good points. The lack of support vehicles and fewer support staff means these tours are cheaper than the ones available in the high country. The accommodation was good quality, so was the food. Also Klaus Mueller did not yell or throw food at anyone on this trip. A few guys said at 76 years old Klaus he's more relaxed now. And the fact remains there are guys who go back again. THE NEGATIVES The negative parts of the high country trip with Klaus Mueller and his Australian Trail Tours? The lack of support is still true. There was a car that took our luggage to the next stop but no backup four wheel drive. Klaus said hurt riders would be doubled out of the forest by another rider. We assumed a badly injured rider would just become the responsibility of the SES. No EPIRB or any communication devices so we figured it could take a while if needing to ride far enough to get phone reception to contact emergency services. Many of us were expecting a dirt ride with Australian Trail Tours, but we mostly stayed on easy fire trails and never did any of the reportedly amazing single track throughout the high country. And some days featured a lot of road too. One day we did 140km of highway with a lot of disgruntled dirt riders wearing their knobbies out for no good reason. Probably the most interesting part of Australian Trail Tours was having our bikes dragged down the road by Klaus Mueller! Each night in the high country we locked our bikes to Klaus' trailer, but on the fourth day he forgot and dragged them an unknown distance when driving to the petrol station. Total damage came to $2900 in replacement parts but Klaus Mueller said it wasn't his responsibility. After a few er discussions, he did give the other rider a $200 goodwill gesture at the end of the trip. . The other rider was not happy with this and after several months of correspondence and legal pressure Klaus finally gave him a further $470 toward the repairs. I had to give my loan bike back damaged and the owner absolutely refused to accept any money from me for repairs. It certainly livened up the trip but it remains to be seen if this bike dragging will become a regular feature of the high country tours. To read the full story and other complications it's all on the Dirtriderz forum. If you are looking for a budget tour of the high country then Klaus Mueller's Australian Trail Tours do provide this option and the accommodation is excellent. Just don't get injured, and make sure your bike doesn't break down as you'll have to rescue it yourself. Otherwise find one of the excellent fully supported tours which also do the excellent single tracks that Klaus avoids with Australian Trail Tours. And of course there are plenty of maps and GPS files for the high country, it's quite easy to tee up your own ride and do it far cheaper. If you are thinking of doing any tour, I'd suggest going through this checklist first!