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    Kalam Snowcross February 2nd to 4th, 2013

    IJC Storms the Snow  2013 -1123686

    IJC Storms the Snow  2013 -1123739

    IJC Storms the Snow  2013 -1123740

    Snow Rally Cross Timings
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    1. Asad Marwat ? Pajero Evolution 1:44:44
    2. Hassan Asad ? Pajero 2.8 1:46.01
    3. NN ? TLC FZ100 1:46:55
    4. Ali Zafar ? LR Defender 1:47.07
    5. Shabab Haider ? TLC FZ80 1:55:82
    6. Zeeshan ? <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Toyota</st1:place></st1:City> Prado 1:56:29
    7. Rao Hamid ? Pajero 2.5 1:56:47
    8. Zeb Chaudhry ? Wrangler 1KZ 2.04:51
    9. Nomi 1234 ? Nissan Patrol 4.2 2.05.06
    10. Imran Ahmed ? <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Toyota</st1:place></st1:City> Surf 2LT 2.06.01
    11. Salman ? LC II 1KZ 2.07:32
    12. Hasan Rana ? Pajero V6 3000 2:16:19
    13. Aurangzeb ? TLC HZ80 2:22:19
    14. Hayzin ? Nissan Patrol 4.2 2:23:84
    15. Jehanzeb ? TLC60 2:25:80
    16. DeeDee ? BeeMog 2:29:30
    17. Yousaf Niazi ? RKR 2F 2:34:38
    18. Nauman ? Pajero Mini 660 DNF

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    Write-up by Hayzin

    Just when you think one insanely wild ride is over, in comes the next. It was that time of the year again when Islamabad Jeep Club's annual snow rally was due. With only a few weeks to prepare ourselves and our vehicles, everyone stepped on the gas as far as gearing up was concerned. The plan was to leave <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Islamabad</st1:place></st1:City> on the 2nd of Feb and be back by the 4th. The location, Kalam. We had all been studying the weather forecasts for the area and there was tons of rain and snow expected with temperatures as low as -12 degrees Celsius. Of course this only excited us more.<o:p></o:p>

    Every time we return from one of these trips and slide back into what most perceive to be a 'normal life', we feel thankful for the experiences and the beautiful outdoors that are not owned by man. Most people do not get the chance to zoom out and see things differently. The Islamabad Jeep Club as some may know, also contributes to the localities it discovers. In Kalam, a school has been set up by IJC's own initiative and bridges have been constructed from personal funds.
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    DAY 1, Saturday 2nd Feb.
    <o:p></o:p>All members were to assemble at the <st1:place w:st="on">Toll Plaza</st1:place> on M2 Motorway by 8am sharp. Sure enough, one by one, all the jeeps started pulling in. As soon as all were accounted for, we all stood in a circle and prayed for our trip to be safe and for there to be TONS AND TONS of snow...we would all recall this prayer soon enough <o:p></o:p>

    In typical IJC style, our convoy set out for Kalam. The plan was to push on till Mingora for lunch and then proceed to Kalam. We were about 14 vehicles and the count went up to 18; we were joined by Team Unimog/4x4 Engaged members from
    <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Lahore</st1:place></st1:City> later on. <o:p></o:p>

    Progress was a little slow as we entered Batkhela; what is described as one of the 'longest bazaars in
    <st1:place w:st="on">Asia</st1:place>'. The traffic was nuts and our convoy started having gaps. We reached Mingora and stopped for the usual kebabs and naan lunch. Finally after fuel top-up we moved towards Kalam. Our friend Capt Hamid travelling with Zeb had arranged a lovely Hi Tea at Khawaza Khela EME barracks. Thankyou Kaptaan Sb! We also came across some very interesting 4X4s, and 6X6s in the Barracks.

    By the time we approached Behrain it was getting dark and something was not right...there was no damn snow!!! Everyone on the radios started letting out their frustrations...last year the same spot was covered in white...from this point on, everyone started silently praying for snow. We reached our hotel around 8pm. There were signs of snow but not enough to make waves in. Everyone retired after dinner with hopes of waking to a white wonderland in the morning.
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    DAY 2, Sunday 3rd Feb.
    <o:p></o:p>We woke in the morning, desperately hoping to see our 4x4s covered in white, like last year, but it looked like it had barely snowed at night. After breakfast, everyone started their engines and made preparations to head to the ground where the rally would take place. When we got to the ground, we were pleased to see a decent amount of snow, but there was room for more...much more. Ali's LR Defender set out to mark the track with sticks and cones for the race. As we waited our turns, it started to snow around noon. A decent crowd of locals had gathered to watch the show. From this point on, the snow did not let up for the entire trip...our prayers were answered and you could feel the energy build up within the team. <o:p></o:p>

    After the races, once Asad Marwat announced on the radio 'everyone go crazy' our 4x4 brothers all had smiles on their faces and were racing through the snow like kids in a playground. Now this felt like a Snow Cross to remember! We played around for a bit, then cleaned up the track. A small ceremony was conducted by our special guest from FM89, Wes Malik. He seemed to have enjoyed this trip thoroughly as well. It was his first tour with IJC. Prizes were distributed to the top 3 ranking drivers and Nazim Saab. Giveaways were also presented to our fellow off-roaders from
    <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Lahore</st1:place></st1:City>.<o:p></o:p>

    We returned to the hotel for lunch and were back on the road again to enjoy the snow. We proceeded to A
    <st1:place w:st="on">nakar Valley</st1:place> and later to the forest area, both, completely covered in white. A treacherous drive but truly breath taking sight. A cake was cut after some playing around on the slopes. It started to get dark, so we made our way back to the hotel. A good day it was and we all retired to our rooms to rest up for the long way back home. A wild day awaited us.<o:p></o:p>

    DAY 3, Monday 4th Feb.
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    Time to go home. Sadly. It felt like there was more to come but we had no idea what it was. We looked out of our room window at 6am and to our shear delight, there was about 3 feet plus snow all around and It took us all a few seconds recognize our vehicle owing to massive amount of snow! All people slowly started making their way to the doors of their jeeps, it started to dawn upon us that just to get ourselves out of the hotel would be a challenge. A challenge we were ever ready to take on....the IJC Snow Cross just got even better. It had snowed non stop all night and the build up was shocking. We prayed a little too hard this time <o:p></o:p>

    The path to the main road was a huge obstacle and there was some serious communication and planning needed to get everyone out. IJC has always been disciplined and well organized and despite all the diverse personalities within the group, we always come together when in a situation. A family.
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    Around 9am, snow chains were strapped on for those who had them and one by one, we made our way out onto the main road. This took a while to do. The snow did not let up for hours. What would take us 20 mins to cover on road, took us over 3 hours as a snail's pace of 10-15kmph. The terrain was tricky no doubt. Few did not have snow chains, so the tire pressure was lowered down from 30psi to somewhere around 16psi, it worked.
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    Zeb bhai (Black ops) in his Wrangler, took the lead and quite literally paved the way for the rest of the group all the way till
    <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Bahrain</st1:place></st1:country-region>. There were some hold ups along the way. Mani's Surf got stuck for a bit, along with a few other minor sticky situations but all were recovered successfully. As we inched towards Behrain, the snow got heavier. The road was slippery and the 4x4s were literally dancing around on the track. Where cellphone signals do not exist (usually everywhere we go) the ham radios are a blessing, an absolute essential tool to carry. It had been a few hours since we had departed and progress was slow, yet we all embraced it and everyone would comment on how this was the craziest snow cross IJC has ever had. A real extreme weather system had built up and we were in the middle of it all! Apparently it was raining and snowing all over the country. We reached Madyan around 5pm and stopped for lunch. After hours of concentrated driving, a break was welcomed. As we regrouped, we caught up on who went through what. Snow chains were broken, tyres got punctured, but all taken in stride. There was still a long way to go and after a quick bite, we pushed on for Mingora. It was dark and snowing till we touched Mingora. We made one more stop for green tea before climbing Malakand Top and then it was all non-stop to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Islamabad</st1:City></st1:place>. <o:p></o:p>

    Soon enough, we reached the M2 Motorway and home seemed closer. By now, it was past midnight and we had been on the road since 9am in the morning. The rain forced some of us to maintain a slower pace on the highway. In the end, it was myself, Asad Marwat, Shabab, NN and Aurangzeb on the road to home.
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    Overall, a great trip, one for the books. It was agreed by all that this was one of wildest snow trips ever and I think Day 3 was the highlight of it all. New skills and lessons learned no doubt. The purpose of our trips to these areas has always been the same: To show people that
    <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Pakistan</st1:place></st1:country-region> is a beautiful country and where most may think that these areas are not safe for touring, they are if you respect the localities. The people in these areas depend on tourism to make ends meet and there is no reason why the citizens of <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Pakistan</st1:place></st1:country-region> should stop getting out of their comfort zones to explore these amazing places.

    Would like to thank all the participants of this superb event for writing yet another success story. God bless.






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    Every Single Picture is worth watching ....

    Every Single Video is Worth Enjoying ....

    Every Single Post is Worth Reading ....

    IJC & Gang ..... MashAllah !!!!
    "" PAKISTAN ZINDABAD ""

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    Quote Originally Posted by hayzin View Post
    @Demonoid: Best to ask desertdevil. If I can track down the number, will post it here. You should also try to pm Rao for response.
    @hayzin bhai actually i dont know Nick of Rao Hamid on pw thats why i cant find him, if you can give me his profile link then it will be best
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    Quote Originally Posted by Demonoid View Post
    @hayzin bhai actually i dont know Nick of Rao Hamid on pw thats why i cant find him, if you can give me his profile link then it will be best

    I think it is raohamid

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    Quote Originally Posted by khanrocks View Post
    Every Single Picture is worth watching ....

    Every Single Video is Worth Enjoying ....

    Every Single Post is Worth Reading ....

    IJC & Gang ..... MashAllah !!!!

    MashaAllah indeed.

    Many thnx Yasir!

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    @raohamid sir jeee apka inbox full hai please empty ker dien
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    Quote Originally Posted by Demonoid View Post
    @raohamid sir jeee apka inbox full hai please empty ker dien


    I think you will have better chance of response, if you posted this on the following thread.....


    https://www.pakwheels.com/forums/4x4...nowplow-2013-a

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    Well, I had been writting this usual post IJC trip writeup, when I was told that Hayzin had already done a writeup as well. So I suggested to use Hayzin's one for the title post and I will put mine up when I finish it. In between posting pics and editing vdos I forgot about the write-up, anyway here it goes now


    IJC annual Snowcross 2013

    Even before the start of the year, all of the IJC gang was anxiously looking forward to our fifth annual snowcross. Various destinations were discussed and eventually Kalam came out at the top with lovely memories from last year's event fresh in everyone's mind. The dates were finalized and arrangements were confirmed. The usual preps including coolants, batteries, snow chains and all of the rest were taken care of.

    Unlike last year, plan was made to spend two nights in Kalam. On D-day, 14 4X4s gathered at the motorway toll plaza. As NPP has still not returned from Karachi after Jhal Magsi rally, it was TLCs turn to make its first visit to Kalam. TLC has been to kaghan valley many a times, but somehow it always missed the opportunity to visit Kalam. Rizwan Bhai was going to company me our snowcross trip, unfortunately he caught a nasty stomach bug and had to cancel his plan. Anyway my preps were complete with about a million chargers for camera, gopro, mobile phone, satellite phone, torches, iPod and probably some more as well.

    We started off an hour late at 9am. Our journey progress was steady, considering such a large convoy. On the motorway, Salman and friends joined us from Lahore on his LC II 1KZ. As planned our first major stop was Mingora City for a hearty Chappal Kebab Lunch. After the tummy fuel top-up it was vehicle fuel top-up time and finally we moved towards Kalam. Our friend Capt Hamid travelling with Zeb had arranged a lovely Hi Tea at Khawaza Khela EME barracks. Thank you Kaptaan Sb! We also came across some very interesting 4X4s, and 6X6s in the Barracks.

    When our journey towards Kalam re-started, the road ahead became very rough and broken, so I decided to reduce LC tyre pressure to 21psi. That soaked up the bumps n thumps amazingly. As the convoy was progressing rather steadily, and the battery of my radio had died, it was a turning a bit boring so I pushed up my pace, eventually reaching our Kalam Hotel by 6:30pm. After parking TLC and putting my stuff in my room, I just lazed in the front reception, waiting for the rest of the gang. Slowly n steadily others started arriving after half n hour or so. Most who had been to 2012 snowcross shared similar thoughts like mine, that the snow this time is less comparatively and weather also seemed milder, well -4 rather than -12 last time.

    Once everyone had settled in their rooms, hot food was served and everyone jumped at it as soon as it was served, dinner was followed by lovely hot doodh patti. Afterwards the Bonfire was started and stories shared, with plenty wise cracking and leg pulling. Despite a long day with plenty driving / travelling, everyone was extremely excited about the next morning's snow rally cross in the Kalam grounds next to the pine forest. A group of us even visited Greens Hotel where Deedee and rest of the gang from Lahore had arrived earlier today. Unfortunately, all the doors and gates were locked, and with no phone signal, we could not raise them, so we returned back.

    I was sharing room with Ali Zafar, and our discussion on various topics just went on and on and on, eventually we decided to shut-up after 5am to catch some sleep. Next morning were woken up by door knocks around 8am. The first views outside of snow covered mountains was mesmerizing, everyone was snapping pictures of themselves with the lovely backdrops. After a hearty breakfast, everyone started their vehicles, and we proceeded towards the wide open fields of Kalam next to the Pine Forest. Even though the total amount of snow was a lot less compared to last year, the wide spread snow on the ground was very tempting just to jump in with the vehicles.

    As planned, the team got on to making a small autocross style snow track of approx 1.5 km. It was marked with cones and flagged sticks. Than draws were taken out of a hat for the firing order. A sizeable crowd of locals had gathered already to watch the spectacle. Runs of track were than initiated and were timed with stop watch to make them interesting. Team Unimog / and 4x4 engaged vehicles joined us soon on the playground. All of them also went ahead with the rally cross run. It was great fun to watch and cameras were snapping pics and capturing vdos all round. This was followed by a small presentation ceremony and souvenirs distribution.

    It had started snowing gently during the rally cross runs, this increased in intensity slowly but surely. After the ceremony, everyone went into the remaining snowfield and ran circles to their hearts content. It was a free for all, and each n everyone enjoyed on their 4X4s to the max. It reminded of the good ole school playground scene!

    It was than time to return to the hotel for the hot lunch awaiting us. As planned a small group of 6-7 vehicles left for the Anakar village, where IJC has been providing various kinds of flood relief support and also help re-start n run a local School. The track to Anakar has always been very narrow n twisty. With constant snowing the track became rather slippery. Eventually, we decided that it didn't seem safe to continue and after crossing the IJC funded wooden bridge we turned around back towards Kalam. But before heading back to the hotel, we had to make a trip into the magical snow covered Pine Forest. As imagined it was truly fairy tale like. No amount of pics n vdos can do justice to the actual serenity n calmness there! One had to be thereeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

    By the time we returned to the Hotel, it was almost dark. Few of us sat in the porch, a few in the balcony. The snowing continued relentlessly. It was getting really cold so we all moved up to the rooms inside. The chit chat session over packets of crisps and the lovely Dates sent by Rizwan Bhai went on till eventually dinner was served. As usual, hot food in such extreme weather is thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. Hot tea was a must after every meal, and thereafter people started moving back into their rooms. With only 2-3 hours sleep the previous night, I decided to hit the bed before mid-night. Ali was chatting with the gang next door till later.

    Early next morning, from my bed, had a quick peak-out thru the window, and ..............................it was all absolutely white. I had to go out, and what a scene awaited outside.........................a true whiteout. It was hard to recognized any vehicle, or structure. The pics do not convey the same feeling, because the freezing wind-chill just numbed everything and yet it gave the most spine tingly amazing feeling looking around. And to top it all, it was continuing to snowing heavily.

    I banged on few doors, for people to come out n witness the whiteout. All jaws dropped and most rushed back in to get their cameras. Everyone was using different superlatives to describe what they were seeing.

    After the morning breakfast, packing of stuff started, followed by everyone starting to clear over 2 feet plus of snow from the top of their vehicles. Than we started putting on snow chains. Trying to get out from the side lawns of the hotel, my TLC got stuck behind a mountain of snow accumulated in front and I had to be tugged out by Ali. Than Ali helped me put on my front snow chains. We decided that we will put on rear ones if needed later on. Than we helped a few others with snow chains.

    Our hotel was almost over 100 meters away from main road and that too down a slope. Zeb who had put on snow chains the day before, lead from front and worked magic with his Rubicon Wrangler. He just ploughed thru the snow relentlessly all the way to Madayn!! That almost 40km. The pics posted by Zeb will give you a rough idea of what kind of hostile conditions we were facing. The rest of the group followed steadily behind, some with snow chains and some without. Most had reduced tyre pressures to 18psi or less for better traction. The progress was slow but steady, we reached Madayn around 5pm, over seven and a half hours after we left Kalam. On the way few were stuck and had to be tugged, winched and pulled thru, but we all made it without any damage.

    Surprisingly it was still snowing quite heavily even in Madayn, we decided to have the much needed late lunch there. After a quick bite we set off again. Gradually there was less n less snow on the road, and by the time we were close to Mingora, there was just some sleet n rain! It was fuel top-up time at Mingora and also air-pressure top-up to normal road tyre pressures.

    The convoy than moved briskly on homeward bound journey. Ali n I had been tail enders most of the day. Yasir was keeping me company on this return journey. There was brief Green tea stop on the way. My self n Ali had another stop for a minor repair done by Ali on my front left wheel. The snow chain had bent a small brake pipe holding metal support and it started rubbing on the wheel. It was hammered back into position after removing the wheel. Thank you Ali!

    Eventually, I dropped off Yasir at Mardan where his car was waiting to take him to Peshawar. Ali headed towards Nowshehra with his friends. Asad and Shabab waited for us at Mardan as we were delayed in the TLC repair. Soon we were on motorway to home, the battery on my loaned handheld radio had died again, so this part of journey was very boring n quiet. Finally I reached home safe n sound, at around 2:30am, an almost epic journey lasting nearly 17 hours. The trip of nearly 737km finally ended with a big Shukr Al-Hamdolillah!

    As usual it was an absolutely Zabardast trip arranged by IJC and am sure everyone had a blast of time there. As always am extremely thankful to Almighty Allah for his countless blessings upon us all.

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    Excellent writeup NN
    -It is always Man behind the Machine.

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