TESTED BY: NEIL WATTERSON ● KIT REQUIRED: Rope, posts/branches ● TIME TAKEN: 30 minutes
● COST: Free, if you have the rope ● HOW EASY: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ● SUCCESS RATING: ★★★ ★ ★
HOW IT’S DONE: One for a desperate situation: you turn branches or wooden fence posts into a winch. The fence posts need to be at 90° to each other, with a slight overlap. Run the rope under the lower one, over the top one and round the lower one again.
You can start winching by flipping the posts over in turn – left to right, fore to aft, right to left, aft to fore, etc, to wind the rope on.
A post in the ground on each side (the role Neil, right, is playing in the pic) will stop the whole thing from twisting, and paracord loops will hold the longitudinal post in place while the transverse one is moved.
The rope winds on to the transverse post like a drum winch. It’s very hard work, and dangerous too if the rope or posts break.
We were only just able to move the Land Rover; if we had reduced the load by using pulleys it would have worked far better.