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No Chains, No Traction, No Common Sense

by Chris Chalk

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Last winter in 2011 I decided to take by ford sedan for a short 12 km drive to the summit of Mr.Baw Baw. Only 10 kms from the start of the climb it was calm with a temperature of around 25oC. I had never been to the snow egions before & was dying to catch a brief look at Mt.Baw Baw's summit. Usually a 10 minute drive turned out to be a 3 hour night-mare :(
Coming from a country town, in a dry flat arrand land I never knew a snow storm could hit like it did to me & it was a life or death situation I had never encounted before. The Car was out of control as i steered/tried to steer up to the summit but every inch I took I went backwards a foot, sliding towards the side of the road where there was at least a 30 metre drop. I thought I was a goner so grab my camera & took this photo of the predicament I was in, if anyone found me they could see my last gasp of life through the lens of a camera :(.

When I was about a metre from the edge a 4 wheel drive passed me at a top speed & luckily for me he turned around & towed me up to the summit:). I blessed myself when arriving there then just to top off my day, a Park Ranger gave me a lecture then find me $200. I was then told I will not be returning down the road so had to stay two nights at a cost of $1000 in total.

If you are reading this & have a huge smile on your face, zip it because I have been ridiculed from people at the Summit, the nearby town of Walhalla & even my hometown some 1,000 kms away.........grrrrrrrrrrr! So, I think I've endured enough ~ thankyou!

Mt.Baw Baw, Victoria, Australia

*Canon EOS “KISS’ D/SLR Camera

1/250, 20mm, F/10, ISO 1OO

PS: I have learnt a valuable lesson from this, never leave home :(


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Timothy Davis commented on November 1, 2012 8:39am
Look like normal for us haha
sarah mah commented on November 1, 2012 8:43am
So glad you are still with us! As a mountain native (and having spent much of my youth at 9,000 ft.), I will reserve judgement but add that the lesson should be: Never leave home without proper equipment! ;-)
Christy Leigh commented on November 1, 2012 8:47am
I am not laughing cause this could have very well been me and I would be a wreck for sure LOL I am not into driving on ice or snow not my thing for sure... :)
Carina Povarchik commented on November 1, 2012 8:56am
:(( - I bless that 4 wheel that stopped to help you :) and I do not think these kind of things are for laughing, it could happen to ANY of us. As Sarah, I would try to take another lesson from it :) ♥ still, we will never know what life/God or the name you wanna call it, has for us, so, tragedy can happen even being at home, and I know sad cases. I'm SO happy you are here :))
HLMM commented on November 1, 2012 8:59am
Breathtaking and I love snow..WOW!
You should travel to Niseko Hanazono Resort for winter skiing and snowboarding!;)
Chris Chalk commented on November 1, 2012 9:06am
hehehe, Timothy! Certainly not normal for a wheat country boy like me :(
Chris Chalk commented on November 1, 2012 9:10am
I am so happy some of you guys are having a laugh, makes me smile (NOT)! However, I am grateful you have mentioned your glad I'm still alive, i really appreciate that :) @ HLMM. I think I'll pass on that suggestion.........LOL.
Rachel Burbee commented on November 1, 2012 9:18am
amazing photo.... and dont feel bad... this English girl has crashed in the snow more times then she cares to remember.. I dont even drive in it now... me and american snow just dont mix well...
KunstFabrik_StaticMovement Man… commented on November 1, 2012 9:20am
I can absolutely relate to the craziness of it all. I had a similar experience on a sudden snowstorm going back to Flagstaff in the Spring (which was snow free when I left there). On the way back, everything changed to icy, curvy, altitude changing back roads into the night, while it was storming away. I remember needing to pee so bad, but there were several cars behind and in front of me, super slow and sliding, it was almost impossible to stop especially going downward. I finally just dared to stop and went, blown to the side of the ice covered car.
This was also the only time, I got really altitude sick once I got back to a 4-5 ft snow packed Flagstaff. Glad you made it ok!!! Sorry for an expensive lesson learned!
Jennifer L. Craft commented on November 1, 2012 9:26am
What a nightmare for you!!! I don't understand why the ranger felt the need to fine you though.
sarah mah commented on November 1, 2012 9:32am
Manu, if you were driving between Sedona and Flagstaff on the windy road between, well, that's a heck of a twisty piece of pavement!
Chris Chalk commented on November 1, 2012 10:11am
That too is a nightmare set of circumstances, KunstFabrik! One good thing for both of us I guess is that we survived :)
Chris Chalk commented on November 1, 2012 10:12am
I couldn't agree more, Sarah :)
Chris Chalk commented on November 1, 2012 10:18am
Nor mine either Christy, unless i have all the right gear like Sarah suggested! But I will be avoiding snow at anytime, I'll stick to flat plains & dusty roads where I learnt to drive............LOL.
Chris Chalk commented on November 1, 2012 10:19am
Your so right, Carina! Thank God that 4 wheel drive stopped :) ♥
Chris Chalk commented on November 1, 2012 10:20am
Thanks HLMM but once bitten twice shy for me..............LOL.
Chris Chalk commented on November 1, 2012 10:22am
We only have two snow resorts in Australia Rachel, a country 5 times bigger than England & I have to pick it :(
Chris Chalk commented on November 1, 2012 10:25am
I asked him that Jennifer & he told me they have strict Govenrment by-laws for what i did, no chains etc & the guy who towed me up there told the Ranger I was a bloody idoit so that didn't help :(
Chris Chalk commented on November 1, 2012 10:26am
I'll pass on that road, thanks Sarah :)
Yasmina Baggili commented on November 1, 2012 11:07am
Chris Chalk commented on November 1, 2012 12:20pm
Thanks Yasmina:) I thought you would be asleep ?
Yasmina Baggili commented on November 1, 2012 12:21pm
Welcome Chris, no, it's 8:20 pm still awake :-)))
Chris Chalk commented on November 1, 2012 12:47pm
wow. I've been up all night, it's nearly 6am :(
Laura Ruth commented on November 1, 2012 3:08pm
nice pov!
Josrick commented on November 1, 2012 4:07pm
D: That sounds awful!! I drove my car into a snow bank two houses down from mine once. I couldn't get out, and I was blocking the road. Then, a school bus came and had to get past me, so the bus driver made all the kids get out of the bus and use their bare hands to dig me out. I was mortified. It wasn't a life or death situation, but it was probably one of the most embarrassing moments.
Chris Chalk commented on November 2, 2012 2:20am
Thanks Laura!!
Chris Chalk commented on November 2, 2012 2:26am
Hi Josrick. That is a terrifying & embarrasing incident to be confronted with Josrick, having been there & done that I know exactly how you must have felt! Thank God the Bus Driver's quick thinking got the kids from the bus to move the snow to enable you to get out, that was brilliant thinking! It's certainly not something i want to go through again, I avoid snow at all cost...........LOL.