Sunday, March 15, 2015

Snowmobiles on water

At one point in Tiamat's Nest, Charles is on the run and his friend takes them across country on a ski-doo, or snowmobile. Along the way, they use it to cross a river a hundred meters wide.

One critiquer wondered if such a thing is possible. Yes it is!

I remember first seeing this trick years ago on a Top Gear program set in Iceland, before Jeremy Clarkson started getting in trouble with the BBC, and the memory returned when I was looking for obstacles to throw in Charles's path.

I thought maybe that this would be rare anomaly, but when I researched the possibilities in earnest I discovered that the feat is very well known and has even been turned into a sport!




So I am confident that what I wrote is a manageable, if rather dangerous, stunt.

11 comments:

  1. Yes, it can be done and it's lots of fun to watch, safely from the bank lol.

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  2. Wow, can you imagine being the first person to try that? If not for the video, I wouldn't have thought it possible.

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  3. Delores, I just thought it was a few barmy Icelanders, never realized it was so widespread.

    Alex, wonder who first thought they could do that?

    Stephen, exactly!

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  4. That was cool. I found myself leaning back in my chair for the first one thinking any minute the thing's going to sink. Then one did in the second one…. amazing!

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  5. Jenny, the first one sank too, right at the end. Just goes to show, the slightest loss of control and you're sunk :)

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  6. I can safely say I'd never try that, but I'll join Delores on the shore to watch. I'll stick to boats for my water travel.

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  7. Jean, I'd certainly watch, from a safe distance, preferably with a crate of beer by my side... :)

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  8. I've also seen it done on TV and thought it was cool.

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  9. Holy cow, that looks like a ton of fun.

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  10. Lol, that looks a little squirrely, but I never doubted it when I read it in Tiamat's Nest. I thought I'd seen it done in the 80s at our local farm show pond.

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