RECOVERY: HILL-STALL RECOVERY
STEEP HILLS CAN LEAD TO CATASTROPHIC DAMAGE IF ATTACKED INCORRECTLY. HERE’S HOW TO TACKLE THEM SAFELY.
YOU CAN get bogged in mud, ruin your 4x4 in river crossings and destroy your panels in the rocks, but when it comes to life-threatening situations, steep ascents and descents well and truly have a monopoly. More often than not they’ll be covered in loose, scrabbly rocks, with a pantsbrowning cliff to one side, and they’ll gradually get steeper – meaning the gear you need at the bottom isn’t the same as the gear you need at the top. It’s a dangerous cocktail of lethal proportions that requires absolute control at all times.
So what do you do when you find out halfway up a hill you’ve bitten off more than you can chew? Well, you can chew faster and hope you get lucky, or you can take the easy option and head back to the bottom for a second, more educated attack. We like doing things the smart way around here, so we strongly advise you take the second approach. Believe it or not, it’s easier than you might think.