Pro offroad Tips for diffrent types of Terrain! Avoid getting stuck
I want some Comments! Thought this thread would create quite the discussion. Tell me your top tips on getting through different types of challenging terrain such as mud, snow, water, rocks, sand, forests, mountains, and swamps. Give me your best tips on how to avoid getting "caught up" or stuck on the trail. Lets hear it!!! Happy Jeeping!!!
"The difference between my vehicle and your vehicle is that mine won a war."
i think this is only true if you have experience. me having less trail experience i second guessed everything and got through everything just fine.
Let me rephrase...two basic rules of wheeling...
1) Never attempt to do something you are uncomfortable with, know your limits *
2) If you second guess yourself, don't do it.
Now, taking your post, you would be in "violation" or rule #1. The * above is an exception, when you are in a local area (easy to get help) or with someone else that can assist you. If you are in the bush, on a mountain, in the desert, etc, the above 2 rules should NEVER EVER be violated. You gotta check your ego at the gate. You need to have the balls to turn around. Sometimes being a hero is about knowing when to call it a day. I had 2 close calls in the last year that could have been pretty bad. Often times, it's not even about the Jeep itself. For instance, I ran into a couple in Moab that were thinking about running the White rim Trail. It is a 90 mile trail which CAN be done in 1 day, but usually takes 3. They didn't know that a 90 mile trail offroad isn't the same thing as a 90 mile road. They thought it would take them 4-5 hours. Luckily for them, I checked their supplies. Two 20oz bottles of water, a half a cup of coffee, a snickers and a nature valley granola bar. They would have been in a heap of trouble. The wife was telling the husband "maybe we shouldn't do it" and he kept banging on about how "everything would be fine." Ignorance and cockiness have no business on the trail.
Any kind of deep water always drop it into 4 low, especially with a 6 speed... Almost impossible to stall and if the going gets rough you can slow right down and crawl without having to slip your clutch!!
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I don't do any serious wheeling in my Wrangler (I know that's blasphemy here) but I'm off pavement almost every day for work in ditches & fields and have gone real off-roading enough in the past to comment.
I'd apply the same logic for off-roading as when flying an airplane: If you THINK you can do it, don't do it; only do what you KNOW you can do. It's OK to forage into the gray area of THINK/KNOW when you're with others that can help if you get into trouble because that's how you add to what you know you can do. That logic has served me well and I've seen horrible results when people don't apply it. Reckless abandon is not for the faint of heart nor the shallow-pocketed.
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Another good tip, when it doubt, scout it out. If you come to an obstacle that looks dauting, don't be afraid to park, get out, and walk a little to scout. Sometimes the obstacle right in front of you isn't too bad, but the three obstacles 1/4 mile afterwards can be terrible. Learn to recognize terrain change. Learn the basics of soil layers. If you are driving on mostly dirt, and all the sudden rocks start to appear, chances are, bigger rocks will appear soon as well. It would be wise to scout ahead before attempting something you may regret and get "rim rocked." Rim rocked is a climbing term (mountain climbing) and it basically means you get to an area where you can no longer go up or down...and are trapped. You may wheel (accidentally) into a place where you can't turn back, and are either forced to keep going, or worse, you won't be able to continue forward, and can't make it back.
This just happened to me today! Tried to cross a muddy stream of water...should've gone a lot faster into it. Because I almost got stuck on the opposite bank of the stream, my tires clogged up and no recovery strap or buddy to help. Put it in 4Lo though and started turning my wheels back and forth. Barely pulled my way out and then made it back to the road.
I live in Mongolia and believe me, we are doing offroading all the time in every possible makes of cars & trucks.
we have this rules
1) always know where you are and where you are going (it's a must)
2) trip is only limited by the patrol stations in between, or reserve fuel you have
3) little prison mentality is required if or when you are in touble (say during blizzard you could loose bearing and vehicle could get stuck) so making fire in plains with no trees and keeping warm in -25c -30c.
4) never give up, no matter how hopeless the situaion, will to live should always outweight the current situation.
The best advice has already been said don't go where you're unsure if you will make it especially if far from help. I usually don't wheel too far from cell service, buddies, or even a road so I'm usually good. Bring supplies if you're going farther into the bush some simple food and drinks can make waiting for a pull or getting back way easier on the body and mind. Nothing's worse than being starved and stressed about being stuck. Depending where you are bring a firearm I throw the 12g shotgun in the back lots you never know. I got a quad stuck when I was 17 and of course it was getting dark. Took me an hour to walk back to the road in the pitch black and right before the road I ran into a bear I was terrified all I had was a helmet. I just yelled at it until it walked away but it didn't seem very scared of me which made it worse. Also get a WINCH best thing I have ever bought hands down I've used it lots already and I havn't even had it a year. Sometimes things look fine and then your hung up, sunk in deep mud etc. Lastly get out there and wheel only way to get experience in terrain is to conquer it or have it conquer you haha