Winch to get unstuck?

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Has anyone ever tried carrying a hand winch? Maybe the come along style winch. I have seen those bigger ones for forestry with a motor attached, those look too heavy.

My thinking was just for those horrible stucks, maybe inside a tree well, or if you bike is flipped upside down on a hill and you have to go up and you are all alone.

I had one time last year where I was at the back of the group and my bike fell so its side was downhill, and I couldn't flip the whole bike downhill. All my buddies went down this really steep hill and it was really tight trees. They weren't coming back. I could lift the bike about halfway up, but then my feet would just sink deeper in the snow and I couldn't get the bike righted. I eventually got out, but it took me a longggg time and I was totally bagged at the end. My thought was if I had a come-along I could have hooked it to a tree and the handlbar and just hoisted the thing up.

Anyone ever try that or something similar?
 

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If your going to carry something like that it is lighter to carry inflatable snowshoes to get around (especially if you go ride by yourself) . Then you can carry climbing rope... you only need a tiny diameter ... spend the money for the good stuff then pack 2 small pulleys, and a couple carabiners then you can lift anything out if you have trees around... way lighter than a come along but those work also..

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Oh that is brilliant, climbing rope with pulleys and carabiners. Smart!! Thank you.

I dont know anything about what is quality, do you have a brand recommendation or more info on that?

I do carry inflatable snowshoes, but I always thought of them as to be used to walk out of the bush if my bike gets stuck or blows up or something. Good call on using them to get unstuck as well.
 

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Lightweight and packable!

Maybe some extra cable?
And don't forget the jack:
 

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Parachute cord
... I could not think of the name for a second... super strong and light.

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If your going to carry something like that it is lighter to carry inflatable snowshoes to get around (especially if you go ride by yourself) . Then you can carry climbing rope... you only need a tiny diameter ... spend the money for the good stuff then pack 2 small pulleys, and a couple carabiners then you can lift anything out if you have trees around... way lighter than a come along but those work also..

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I have something like this a buddy put together for me. Lighter weight paracord.
 

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years past someone was making a hand winch for trail riders, fit in the palm of your hand, aluminum/hand crank/50ft of nylon cord, con't find one, been looking. For now I carry narrow belt l o n g ratchet strap and parachute cord, might way a pound. Tried it in my yard several times getting bike upright, slow but sure. Still looking for something better.
 
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A small hand winch was what I had in mind when I started the thread, but the trail recovery kit mlyamkaw linked seems like the a very versatile system.

If that tiny winch you are describing exists, I'd love to hear more about it too.
 

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Wow. That MRS system is sweet. Basically the same system as crevasse rescue equipment. Any Alpine climbing store will have a super trick lightweight pulleys and rigging gear. I use this at work all the time. We call them helper blocks. Same deal, just already put together. 4 to 1 mechanical advantage.D6DFD811-37E7-4B67-9E8F-53E07B0F3981.jpeg
 

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I carry a snowbungee and a 25' pull type tie down straps. This allows for self extraction in the trees. It's like a 3rd hand and has saved me lots of grief.
 

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33AF0D56-1E86-45C1-9649-D28BE2BC9AA9.jpegThis thread has motivated me to string up an extra set of helper blocks I had laying around. I used a 50 foot section of 5 mm cord. A couple mini carabiners and various slings including one big one to go around a tree trunk.I will probably pack this in my number plate bag. Adds about 3 pounds. The level in the picture is 2 ft long. Probably never use it. But, hopefully I never use this stupid heavy ass airbag that I carry around either.
 
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View attachment 334973This thread has motivated me to string up an extra set of helper blocks I had laying around. I used a 50 foot section of 5 mm cord. A couple mini carabiners and various slings including one big one to go around a tree trunk.I will probably pack this in my number plate bag. Adds about 3 pounds. The level in the picture is 2 ft long. Probably never use it. But, hopefully I never use this stupid heavy ass airbag that I carry around either.

Good Idea pre-threading those pulleys! I just got my Motorcycle Recovery Kit yesterday. As a guy who has never seen anything like it, I am going to need to do some dry runs at home so I know what I am doing. Maybe the wife will let me tie her up.
 

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Has anyone used the method of tying a rope to a track window and the other end to a tree and use the sled motor to pull the sled several feet before retying? I have heard of this approach for lifting sleds out of deep holes but am not sure how hard it is on the track? Maybe a couple tie points to spread the load? I'm thinking of a tie-down with a 1.5" wide flat hook to put over the track clip??
 

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Has anyone used the method of tying a rope to a track window and the other end to a tree and use the sled motor to pull the sled several feet before retying? I have heard of this approach for lifting sleds out of deep holes but am not sure how hard it is on the track? Maybe a couple tie points to spread the load? I'm thinking of a tie-down with a 1.5" wide flat hook to put over the track clip??
This works great on bull dozers and excavators with steel tracks. I figure i would be to much load on a rubber track. Besides mostly i just need help standing it up.
 
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