Tackling steep slopes in a 4x4 can be a real challenge and the correct preparation is key. In the event you run into trouble it could be disastrous if you are unaware on how to handle different scenarios.
When tackling any terrain traction is key so keeping your tyres on terrafirma where possible will give you the best chance to complete your climb. If in the event you start to lose traction you can get into trouble fast if you are not prepared.
Things to Remember:
Be prepared for a Failed Attempt:
When tackling steep terrain it is easy to get carried away in focusing on making it to the top. But, what happens when you cant make it? You need to know how to get back down.
One of the biggest dangers is on a failed attempt is riding out an uncontrolled descent.
The worst thing you can do is put your foot on the clutch to avoid stalling losing forward drive. This can quickly get you in trouble on a steep hill and has the risk of possibly causing injury & damage. You must be sufficient in implementing your Stall Recovery Technique when the above occurs.
Have a working UHF:
Steep Terrain tracks are notorious for being very narrow and difficult for an oncoming vehicle to pass. You should always carry a working radio to communicate with other drivers to help with a smooth transition.
Have Another Crack~!
Once you have safely returned to the bottom, re asses the line and have another go.
Adjust Tyre pressures if needed, walk the track and engage lockers if applicable.
Most of all, Be SAFE, Be PREPARED and have FUN~!
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