My wife Sue and I had planned a twelve-day snow shoe walk across the highest part of the Australian Alps, from the Thredbo ski resort to near Canberra, for the middle of our rather short snow season in August 2008. We had planned this trip carefully, we knew the area very well, we had done the actual full walk once before in autumn, and we had even managed to put in a food drop half way along. What we had not allowed for was several weeks of extreme weather which simply blew us off the mountains. This is the story of what went wrong, and how.

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