Being Prepared, Safety Gear, Recovery & Winching

Safety gear and being prepared is a must in the offroad sport.  Many trails are very remote and things can change rapidly when exploring the vast land of this province.

Being prepared
Always carry personal items for your own comfort, safety and nourishment;

  • Extra Water
  • Packaged food like granola bars, fruit, or canned goods
  • Bug Spray……..did I say Bug Spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Proper footwear, boots with ankle support
  • work gloves
  • a hat
  • rain gear
  • a sweater or overcoat
  • first aid kit
  • fire extinguisher
  • Toilet paper
  • Garbage bag
Don’t get lost, consider these items

  • a map
  • a gps, don’t always trust your cell phone
  • a trip plan


  • Using a CB while on the trail is a nice option
  • A cell phone can sometimes work depending on the area you are in

Repair Tools

  • items required to change a tire on your vehicle including a way to lift it off the ground (Hi Lift)
  • Be able to pull spark plugs out of the engine
  • tire repair kit
  • basic fluids; antifreeze, motor oil, diff oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid
  • tools to crimp off a broken brake line
  • General items like screw drivers, pliers, cutters, and wrenches
  • fluid recovery gear, plastic bags, rags, absorbal pads or product
Basic Replacement Parts

  • U joints, both for the front axle and drive shafts
  • serpentine or V belt
  • air filter
  • spark plugs
  • tire inflation valves with core remover
  • Spare Tire (Full Size)
Vehicle Tow Points

  • You will need front and rear tow points.  Preferably something with a closed loop like a shackle
  • Your trailer ball hitch is not acceptable
  • Tow points must be securely attached to the vehicle frame (Via a bumper is fine)

Recovery Gear (Basic)

  •     a recovery strap with closed loops (3 or 4 inches and about 20 to 30 feet long) DO NOT buy a tow strap!!!
    Warn Basic Recovery Kit

    Warn Basic Recovery Kit

  •     shackles (3/4 inch or bigger)
  •     Shovel
  •     Axe



Recovery Gear (Advanced)

  •     Winch, minimum size of 8000lbs depending on vehicle size.  (Ex, larger vehicle, larger winch)
  •     Tree Strap (A shorter strap for going around the base of a tree)
  •     Snatch Block (Pulley) something that fits your line and has the same rating as your winch
  •     Chain with hooks for anchoring off
  •     HI-Lift 48 to 60 inches (Can be used as a secondary winch or lifting device)
hi lift

hi lift

Winching Guide

For your very own digital copy of a Warn winching guide click here, WARN_Guide_to_Safe_Winching

A few Safety tips

  •     Always stand clear of vehicles being recovered
  •     Never stand in-line with a winch cable under tension, if the cable breaks it becomes a deadly projectile.
  •     Do not touch the winch cable without wearing gloves or you will quickly learn the definition of “meat-hooks”.
  •     Whenever possible lay a coat or blanket across the cable near the center to dampen the recoil in case of a break.
  •     The winching vehicle should always have it’s hood up when winching.  Protects the windshield and driver
  •     Always use a tree strap when winching to a tree to protect the tree from damage.
  •     Do not overdrive the winch, be aware of the limits of your winch. Keep your engine running at a high idle while winching to keep voltage up. Low voltage = high current which generates excessive heat that can damage your winch.

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