Apparently twin locked and 37's you qualify.My experience in 45+ years of driving to the snow and not just ski resorts is that the over confidence and invincibility when driving a 4wd means there are a lot more DHs in 4wds than 2wds. A 4wd doesn't help you stop when the roads are icy.
What does that have to do with it?
I have been out with some very good Asian and Indian 4wders, also some very bad ones but I have met more white Australian 4wders that think they are good but couldn't drive a wet finger up.....
From what ive read, the guys who were stuck there were prepared in that they had plenty of food, water, fuel and waRm clothes so its not really a drama. More like an adventure for them. As mentioned the weather can close in quickly, and if it does you stop and wait it out. All this publicity is a beat up really. It sells newspapers/ newsfeeds. Those guys could have waited it out but authorities have to consider liability, so must be seen to be doing something to save them.
Good phone service on Blue Rag , I've called from there before .Who alerted the authorities
Did they need rescuing ?
A friend was hiking in Tassi and got “ rescued “ after unpredicted snowfall they rolled up in a Helicopter, he explained that he was not fussed by the weather and had everything he needed to stay but they insisted, they had read a log he had put in a hut book a few days earlier.
Given there location ( blue rag ) you would think being prepared and with supplies it’s not high risk
I read he didn't want to get stuck on the track with a 7 yr old kid and opted to stay at the hutThere was also a "rescue" of a dad and kid at Millers Hut the other day. Caught out by the snow and no gear to get out.
There has been a fair bit of snow up high, might melt next week or it might not, would be a bit harrowing sitting with your kid wondering, I guess. I think with a bit of winching up the hill to Wellington you'd be right to drive out, though. Many years ago we got snowed in up there after a mate graded the track in with a dozer. Luckily he came and pulled us up the hill before he left but we managed to drive the rest without any problems.
Actually, just noticed he did have a winch. Not much snow on the ground, too. Odd.