Lake Hovsgol to Ulan Bator, Mongolia - 2000
Stranded in northern Mongolia with a group of 16 Americans after a freak snowstorm in August. Four hours rough mountain drive from the nearest airstrip, which turned out to be closed anyway, due to the snow.
Had to assume leadership of the group to determine a way out. American embassy was too far away in the capital and wouldn’t help. Tried to hire one of the three large Russian helicopters in the country but they were either out of service or in use by ministers.
Ended up having to hire local drivers with Russian jeeps and minibuses, (bouncing baby prams with engines!), to drive 17 hours further - back to Ulan Bator to meet our departing flights.