THERE'S GOTTA BE A BETTER WAY
AFTER digging a metre-deep hole in the sand for the better part of an hour you’d be forgiven for letting the mind wander to better ways of getting the job done. Well, believe it or not, there are two popular ground anchors on the market and each works in its own, very different way.
The most widely known is the Pullpal, hailing from the USA. It’s essentially a 350mm x 600mm shovel on a large frame you attach to your winch. As you reel in the line, the shovel pulls both towards you and down until it finds purchase in harder ground underneath.
A lesser known alternative comes from the guys at Lan-cor in New Zealand. It functions like a giant corkscrew that you wind deep into the ground and winch off the base.
The major advantage both options have over burying your spare is that they can be used in any terrain, from slippery outback tracks to deep mud. Best of all, neither will leave you a ball of sweat when you’re done.