So often when we hear all the hype around the great products that are available for our 4wd recovery purposes we can forget the basics. Over the years i have found that the humble shovel and car jack can be very effective tools in a recovery. There was a time when I want for a quick little play on a local track and got myself stuck at night by myself and pre mobile phones. Not having a winch i was able to use the car jack to jack up the rear wheels and dig out a bit under the differential. Then i got some sticks and rocks and packed up under the tyres and simply drove out. took a bit a time but simple tools and a bit of time saw me clear and on my way home. So remember sometimes simple tools are all we need in a recovery situation. I’m MadMatt stay safe on the trails.