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Your vehicle is stuck - really stuck. You should have bought that expensive winch but regret is always too late.

Even if you had a hilift jack, you would have been able to use that as a windlass. It is a very handy piece of equipment, you can lift up, pull and even compress with it. But now there is not one of the two and there is not another vehicle to help you. All that you have is a long strong rope.

  • Find two strong wooden poles, as thick as your forearm and a little longer than a human.

  • Tie the rope firmly on the chassis of the vehicle. Pull the rope till it is nearly tight and tie the other point onto a suitable anchor point like a sturdy tree.

  • One person must keep one of the poles upright against and in the middle of the rope. The second person hook the other pole into the rope (see sketch) and swing the pole around.

  • The person holding the upright pole must then trample the rope down and beyond the turn pole.

  • Dr Wallace Vosloo is an Engineer and Scientist by profession. His family has lived in Africa since 1696 and he has a deep love for the continent. He is a practical outdoorsman and loves traditional hunting, axe and knife throwing, longbow shooting, black powder rifle- and cannon shooting, salt and fresh water fly fishing and tracking. The art of survival is Wallace’s main field of interest and his passion is to transfer these old forgotten skills to young hunters.

    With the turn pole as lever the rope must now be wind up around the vertical pole. See, a pole and rope winch.

    NB: Be extremely careful when using this technique – if that pole comes loose you might not have a leg to stand on ...

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