If there is one part of our hobby that we all dislike, it’s getting stuck. Rarely will being stuck come at a convenient time, and in the digital age of cellphone cameras, your mishap will likely be a memory that your buddies won’t soon let you forget. The fact of the matter is regardless of your talents behind the wheel or how unlimited your buggy is, we all get stuck. From rollovers to bottomless mud pits, Mother Nature is going to best your 4x4 sooner or later.
The trick to overcoming those immobilizing situations is to stay calm and be prepared. In many cases, a little know-how will set you free faster and safer than a barrel of rope and your local AAA wrecker. Over the years we’ve witnessed, and participated, in countless vehicle recoveries. Most go smoothly, but some are painful exercises of “hey, let’s just try this!” Do yourself a favor and spend a few minutes reading the following recovery advice. Even if you only remember one extraction token, it could be the one that saves your hide.