FLIP-FLOP WINCH

LRO (UK) - - Technique Muddy Recovery -

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.

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