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Some time ago, I found myself making the 8 hour round trip to a small town in Northern Alberta in order to hand deliver a bid to a Client and the clock was ticking. In order for it to be considered in the competitive process, I had to get it there by 2pm that day.
The weather was typical January for Alberta. There had been a fresh snowfall the night before and the roads were clear and in the most dry, thankfully. However it was cold with temperatures around -26 degC. You soon learn that you need to take precautions to be safe, when travelling in this part of the world. I had cold weather clothing, water, food, a sleeping bag and first aid kit. I was also travelling in a 2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD off road with winter rated tyres. A very capable machine with significant off road capabilities.
The drive had been uneventful and I was only 50km away from my ultimate destination when I rounded a corner to be met with a snow plough clearing the other side of the road. Again, this is a common sight in Alberta and I reacted as normal by slowing down and making sure I gave the plough enough room as I passed.
Snow ploughs never change their course…
As I passed I was constantly judging the distance between my vehicle and the spraying snow from the plough. I was also subconsciously aware that there was built up snow at the side of the road on my side and concluded that the plough must have already cleared that side.
And that’s when it happened…
The front wheel of the 4Runner started to get caught up in the new soft snow at the road’s edge, it must have been between 8-12” in depth; and I could feel the vehicle getting pulled that way. I gently corrected the steering to bring the wheel back to the road but as I did, I could feel that the vehicle’s rear end would then get pulled around and could roll over.I did apparently, what you’re supposed to do and instead of fighting the momentum I straightened up and steered off the road in the ditch!
So I am now in a deep ditch in virgin snow with no one around and furthermore a commercial bid to be deliver some 50km away…...but I am in a very capable off road ready vehicle so all is not lost…yet.
I engaged low range 4WD and with the deep tread of my BF Goodrich tyres I immediately moved forward through the deep snow. I decided to take a gentle angled approach to get back on the road up the sloped side of the ditch and made some headway but unfortunately the snow could not hold the weight of the vehicle and I started to tip over. I reversed and tried again on a new section of the slope but with the same results. In the end I drove back to the ditch bottom and reassessed.
I took the pair of mats and inserted them in front of both the tyres, spanning the deep holes the wheels had created. I then got back in the vehicle, turned off the electronic traction aids and with the vehicle in 4 low, drove forward. I made more progress this time but as the wheels fought to grip the rigid teeth of the mats they lost momentum and the boards slid away. I reversed, repositioned the MaxTrax back under the wheels and then gunned the engine and hit the mats hard and “fast” and…
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Overlanding describes self-reliant adventure travel to remote destinations where the journey is the primary goal. Typically, but not exclusively, accommodated by mechanized off-highway capable transport (from bicycles to trucks) where the principal form of lodging is camping; often lasting for extended lengths of time (months to years) and often spanning international boundaries. While expedition is defined as a journey with a purpose, overlanding sees the journey as the purpose.