RE­COV­ERY: HILL-STALL RE­COV­ERY

STEEP HILLS CAN LEAD TO CAT­A­STROPHIC DA­M­AGE IF AT­TACKED IN­COR­RECTLY. HERE’S HOW TO TACKLE THEM SAFELY.

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

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.

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