Now get out of that!

It’s a dirty job, but some­one has to do it – Team LRO gets stuck in to test 14 dif­fer­ent meth­ods of re­cov­er­ing a bogged-down Land Rover

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MARK SAV­ILLE AS­SIS­TANT ED­I­TOR We roped Mark into this test, but sadly he be­came so stuck in the mud it proved im­pos­si­ble to re­cover him. In fact, he’s still stuck. NEIL WAT­TER­SON ED­I­TOR As keen on get­ting caked in clay as he is on get­ting stuck into a box of cream cakes, Neil’s well used to mud­lark­ing in off-road pur­suits. JOHN PEAR­SON ED­I­TOR-IN-CHIEF Likes tak­ing in ex­otic vis­tas from the com­fort of a roof tent, but has been in a few scrapes – now he’ll have to scrape all that mud off.

MARTIN DOMONEY WORK­SHOP ED­I­TOR More used to grub­bing around in piles of rust and pools of oil un­der­neath Land Rovers, but puts plenty of beef be­hind a shovel.

Win­ter is com­ing… and firm ground con­di­tions be­come dis­tant mem­o­ries as the rain sat­u­rates the earth, turn­ing it to mud. Even Land Rovers will strug­gle some­times, but there are ways out. We’ve picked 14 dif­fer­ent tech­niques you can em­ploy if you find you’ve been turned into a stick-in-the-mud. Some of them are so­lu­tions for when you’re stuck alone, oth­ers ap­ply when a sec­ond ve­hi­cle is to hand. And some are con­sid­er­ably eas­ier and more suc­cess­ful than oth­ers. We headed to the Ele­phant’s Mud­hole, an area of clay at the back of the Tixover off-road site where the LRO Ad­ven­ture Club holds driv­ing days (see page 184). Dur­ing sum­mer it’s as dry as a bone; in win­ter it’s so slip­pery you strug­gle to stand up, let alone gain traction. So it’s the ideal place for test­ing equip­ment, as well as for get­ting us prop­erly filthy. The LRO 90 and Se­ries III are our test sub­jects. Both have been fit­ted with all-ter­rain tyres that clog up in­stantly in the fine clay and of­fer zero traction – so out­side as­sis­tance is es­sen­tial. They also both have de­cent front and rear re­cov­ery points – a key con­sid­er­a­tion when you’re faced with a stuck ve­hi­cle. So grab a cuppa, get com­fort­able and have a read – see us get dirty so you don’t have to! And if you have other sug­ges­tions for us to try, let us know.

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