BASIC RECOVERY TECHNIQUES
If you don't have a winch installed, and quite often even if you do, a rope or strap recovery may be required to free either your vehicle or some one else's.
There are two basic ways to preform a recovery with a rope or strap; first is to simply pull the stuck vehicle free, the second is to perform a "snatch" recovery, sometimes referred to as KER (Kinetic Energy Recovery), for reasons that will become obvious. The first method may work when you are recovering a vehicle that is very lightly stuck, but on the trail you are more often than not going to encounter vehicles that are seriously stuck, and a snatch recovery method will be called for.
Some people prefer to use straps, usually 3", preferably with some sort of protection around the loops. Straps will stretch and this will allow for a more gradual transfer of energy. I personally carry 3" and 4" straps and a 1" synthetic rope specifically designed for snatch recovery. Never use chains for snatch recovery, nor the cheap 2" straps with built in hooks, both can be potentially dangerous.
First Things First
With the aid of a spotter back up 10' to 15' towards the stuck vehicle, the spotter should ensure that you do not drive over the rope or strap. With the spotter back in a position of safety he should give an all clear signal, then a signal to "Go", the driver of the recovery vehicle should now accelerate forward at a reasonable rate, experience will teach this, and the driver in the stuck vehicle should be ready to drive forward. When the strap or rope reaches it's limit, the forward momentum (kinetic energy) will be transferred to the stuck vehicle and yank it forward. Several attempts may be needed, but it will generally work on even the hardest stuck vehicles. Be aware of driving over the strap or rope and of hitting vehicles, obstacles, trees, etc.
Due to the stresses, sudden jolts, lack or gain of traction, that may be transferred to the drivelines of the vehicles, it is preferable not to have anything "locked" unless absolutely necessary.
Snatch recovery is a perfectly safe (provided you are using the right equipment and know what you are doing) and accepted practice when on the trail. There are other recovery techniques, such as jacking, winching, etc that are also useful, but the snatch recovery is probably the most commonly used. This basic info is not meant to be an authoritive guide to snatch recovery, and if in any doubt you should consult with someone experienced in this type of recovery. Finally, it is also worth remembering the old adage, "Better a stuck vehicle, than an injured person". If at any time there is a possibility of someone getting injured or damage to a vehicle, stop the recovery and call in the experts.
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