By Robbo Bennetts

It was with a deep sense of personal loss that I stood and watched my new tent disappear into the greyness during the savage Kosciusko blizzard.

Only hours earlier, we five had rendezvoused at the bottom of Thredbo's Crackenback chairlift. Queen's Birthday long weekend, 1993, was ushered in by storms which ripped through much of south-eastern Australia. The lift attendant told us, “The weather up top is extreme.” We knew what he meant when we were blasted by snow and wind as the chairlift unloaded us “up top.”