Originally Posted by Ageless Stranger
Ok. I want to comment on this thread because I find it very interesting, and because I have apparently been doing it wrong.
I wheel my Jeep (at Turkey Bay at least) in 4lo. But when going down a pretty steep hill I usually clutch and use brakes. I tried compression braking the last time I was up there on a very loose gravel hill at the recommendation of another jeeper (Gate53). I didn't like it that time because I built too much speed coming down. (Wheel speed and ground speed were not equal.) I traversed the same hill several more times using brakes only and was happier with the results. I guess I should probably start getting used to using compression braking, huh?
If you're not used to it , instinct does tell you to clutch and brake, but you need to resist the temptation and let the engine and gears do their thing. The Jeeps are made to do it, and do it well.
One of the most important things besides no clutch and LIGHT braking if necessary is STEER STRAIGHT down the hill. Walk the trail and pick your line, and stick with it. DON'T WORRY ABOUT BANGING UP YOUR UNDERCARRIAGE, STEER STRAIGHT. Remember, if you pick a good line, the only way you are going to roll is if you try to start steering away from ruts, etc.. DON'T. It may be a bit bumpy , but when you get to the bottom you can say. WOW. That was gnarly.