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Climbing Hills page 5
ANALYZING THE CLIMB
The factors when approaching a
steep climb are crucial: the grade
steepness, the surface traction and
what the trail does at the top. Do you
need to turn, stop or continue? The
more difficult the trail looks to you,
especially if you are not familiar with
it from past experience, it is always
prudent to walk the climb to analyze
the important factors. If the slope is
very slippery from rain, snow, ice,
sand or loose dirt and gravel, walk
the slope to get an idea of the
traction available before climbing. If
you think it is impassible or
dangerous, turn back.
If you do not know what the trail does
at the top of climb, walk to top to
check it out. Many trails have drop
offs at the top, or require a sharp
turn. Visibility will be non-existent at
the top, so you need to know what to
do when you get there.
SUMMARY
•        For your safety, travel straight
up or down hills.
•        Don’t traverse the face of a hill;
you may slip sideways or roll your
vehicle.
•        Don’t turn around on narrow
roads, steep terrain, or unstable
ground. Back up until you find a safe
place to turn around.
•        Use 4 wheel drive, low range
for steep hills. The steeper the hill,
the lower the transmission gear.
•        Look for the most solid ground
or rocks to find the best traction.
•        Use differential lockers if you
vehicle is so equipped.
•        Small, rapid steering wheel
movements may improve traction.
Steeper climbs need more
momentum at the bottom, but do not
use excessive speed.
As soon as the
tires begin to sink
climb, momentum
will be lost quickly.
Long climbs in
sand are difficult
without specialty
sand tires. You will
usually need to
find an alternate
route.
You just can’t see
ahead at the crest
of a steep climb!
steep climbs. At
the crest,
wheelspin is less
of a problem, but
try to feather the
throttle to
minimize
wheelspin.
Different tires
amounts of
traction. The
photos above show
the same vehicle at
the same spot on a
climb with
Different tires
different tires. On
make different the
bottom, the tires
have less traction
which means more
dust!
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