Heavy snow leads to rescue

Aug. 6, 2015

In an illustration of just how difficult the conditions can be on the Overland Track, particularly in winter, a man from Hobart was trapped in Kia Ora Hut by deep snow for four days, before – running out of food – using his emergency beacon to summon help. Apparently the man tried to walk out from the hut 3 or 4 times, but with snow chest deep, he was unable to make headway. Tasmania has been going through a cold snap.

The story illustrates several things: always carry extra food on the Overland and seriously consider bringing a EPIRB (which can be rented) especially if you are doing sidetrips or walking the track out of peak season.