|Pic-1. we came across this loner in Keene, NH. Prime example of what not to do|
About two years ago I went wheeling with the Long Island Offroad Club in Keene, NH. On our way out of the trails we came across this ZJ stuck in a mud pit up to his tires. This kid was the prime example of what not to do when wheeling alone. Bald tires, no winch, no brain and too much teenage hormones, the closest thing he had to being prepared for wheeling alone was a bunch of teenage girls in his backseat which probably didn't help with getting stuck. We have no idea how long he was there, but when we showed up he was bouncing off the rev limiter trying to move. It ended up taking two trucks winching him to get unstuck. Who knows how long he would have been there for if we didn't show up.
|Another angle of the genius|
Being prepared also means make sure your vehicle is prepared too. At the very least, if you plan on going wheeling alone, get a winch and proper equipment to recover yourself if you need to, that includes snatch blocks, shackles, tree saves, etc...and learn how to use them, this includes learning how to winch yourself backwards. The worst time to learn how to recover yourself is when you're by yourself in the middle of the woods when the sun is setting. Aside from winches and all that crap, make sure your vehicle is reliable. If your vehicle has a history of shutting off and not starting back up, you may have a bad time. You don't need a built rig to go wheeling by yourself, you just need to know your limit and stay well below it.