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TRAPPED IN A SNOW STORM

Before technology had really caught up with the outdoor industry, Geoff and his friends found themselves in trouble when their tent was unable to withstand the weight of a heavy snow storm. Today, the modern design of tents would have meant a very different experience, but we’re talking the 1970’s when touring tents were a triangular shape with two poles. Geoff shared his experience of his night in the snow on Franz Josef glacier.

Cold and hungry we faced a choice - the snow had been falling so hard that our tent was collapsing on us, even with two people outside at all times clearing snow. Time to decide - we could not go anywhere with the weather the way it was but we did need to do something. We were camped on the Franz Josef névé and there was nowhere to go. A snow cave was the only solution . . . . . . but before I get ahead of myself. Let me set a

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