RE­COV­ERY: WINCH RE­DI­RECT­ION

THROUGH THE ART OF RE­DI­RECT­ION, YOUR WINCH CAN BE­COME AN IN­CRED­I­BLY POW­ER­FUL TOOL.

4 x 4 Australia - - Contents - WORDS AND PHO­TOS DANIEL EVERETT

THINGS can and do go wrong. It’s a fact of life in gen­eral, but some­thing that’s an ever-present dan­ger when head­ing off-road. A mis-step, in­cor­rect wheel place­ment, or just slip­pery con­di­tions can put your 4x4 in the line of dan­ger within a split second.

It could be some­thing as sim­ple as the front wheels drop­ping down a ledge, through to a fully loaded camper trailer slid­ing off the side of the track and threat­en­ing to drag you with it. Ei­ther way, the re­sults are ba­si­cally the same: you’re in a bad sit­u­a­tion and des­per­ately need to do some­thing pretty fancy to get your­self out of it. Enter the winch re­di­rect­ion. The con­cept is sim­ple enough. A winch fit­ted to the front of your ve­hi­cle can pull you for­wards but is next to use­less in any other di­rec­tion. But through the use of pul­ley blocks, it’s possible to re­di­rect the winch line – much like a mul­ti­ple line pull – to al­ter where the pulling power is di­rected. It’s a skill you may never need to use in your en­tire off-road ca­reer – but that one time, in that one bad sit­u­a­tion, it could very well save your life.

The set-up is much the same as a dou­ble­line pull, just with a lit­tle more plan­ning.

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