Yesterday was our first bad day.. We camped up and it was cold, and windy, through the night the wind got worse and the snow came down. In the morning everything was frozen inside and when i got outside the snow had drifted everywhere, including over the entrance to our parking spot. Not too bad... so i take a look at the snorkel thinking i better make sure its clear. Pop the top off and find that at least the whole of the down pipe is packed solid with snow! Its ok, i'll just disconnect the snorkel at the filter. But first i need to get the heavy things out of the bonnet box to be able to lift the bonnet safely - the locks are frozen shut. Blow torch the locks and empty the box a bit. The bonnet catch is frozen shut. Remove the front grill and release the bonnet catch, greeted by an engine bay pumped full of snow too! Disconnect the snorkel and the engine starts a little lazily and isn't idling very happy. Turns out it wont rev, struggles and blows white grey smoke. The fuel pump is loud, like its pumping treacle. Oh shit haha. in the mean time we put the webasto heater on... 10 mins later that dies with error lights! I check the heaters fuel line and its got no fuel. Piss.. it can't be waxed diesel? The pump diesel here is -32c... As i'm looking at all this there is a break in the wind and snow, so decide to limp back into Alta. Thought we wouldn't get through the deeper snow at the exit but she soldiered through in low box, with only about 1000-1200 revs and zero boost to play with. Got back to Alta, at about 15mph if we were lucky. The roads were slippy as hell, worse than any time before, skidding everywhere and full broadside slide on a couple of roundabouts. luckily she's a big barge so slides quite nicely at walking pace. Tootled back to the camping place and stripped stuff down, even through the pipes were all insulated/lagged it seems some water got into an inline filter and froze, blocking the fuel line til it must have been like a pin hole. Pulled the filter out and she ran again like a.... I want to say watch, but its a landy. Holed up in the camp site for now. Not going anywhere til we put the chains on.
Oh, and i forgot to mention, to top it all off, just as we were recovering in the truck after a test drive, a building in the estate next to the camp ground burst into a huge fireball before our very eyes. Looked like a gas explosion. I've heard it might have just been a double garage, hope so.