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Winching with no anchor in sight!

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Winching with no anchor in sight!

Here at GearAmerica, we put on recovery gear classes locally, and there's always common questions that people ask. One question comes up quite often when we are talking about winching, and that is, "What happens if I need to winch but I don't have an anchor point?"  Well, today we will talk about creative thinking when it comes to a winch anchor. PLEASE BE CAREFUL. Winching and recoveries use heavy duty gear under extreme loads. This post is for demonstrative purposes only. Please use common sense and caution when attempting. What is a Winch Anchor Point? Let's start at the beginning. ...

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Gear Up and GO! Organize and Lead an Off-Road Adventure

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Gear Up and GO! Organize and Lead an Off-Road Adventure

Have YOU ever wanted to lead a trail run?  Here's some tips for a fun and successful day. Set a Time and Place The first step to hosting a successful trail run is to know when and where you are going. Decide on a trail or event of your choice. Present a few options for available days, get feedback, and schedule it! Many people use social media calendar options to create an event so people can reply or RSVP. Include information like trail difficulty, radio channels, gear to bring, and time frame. Be sure to schedule a meetup time and a...

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Recovery Gear Care: How to Disassemble and Reassemble your Snatch Block

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Recovery Gear Care: How to Disassemble and Reassemble your Snatch Block

Snatch Block Maintenance: A Little Care Goes a Long Way We are off-roaders. Everything gets dirty. Whether you are in the desert dust, forest mud or snowy mountains, you can count on dirt, grit and grime getting all over your Recovery Gear.  Here at GearAmerica, we offer a Lifetime Warranty on everything we make, so you know it's built right, but cleaning and maintaining your gear makes it work perfectly for ages. One of the only pieces of gear with moving parts is the Snatch Block. Let's walk through the disassemble process for when it gets REALLY dirty!   It's...

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Tree Saver Q&A with GearAmerica: What is a tree saver strap?

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Tree Saver Q&A with GearAmerica: What is a tree saver strap?
A tree saver strap, also known as a tree trunk protector, is probably the most underappreciated, yet most useful part of any recovery gear kit.  It has many uses, and is many times overlooked when people put together their gear. With its many uses, you need at least one.  Let's talk about all things Tree Saver!

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GearAmerica GOLD Ring: Using A Snatch Recovery Ring

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GearAmerica GOLD Ring: Using A Snatch Recovery Ring

The Gold Standard in Off-Road Recovery The GearAmerica Gold Ring is here!  The Gold Ring is a Snatch Recovery Ring, and works much like a Snatch Block to assist in winch recoveries. Like any other snatch block or pulley, the Gold Ring gives you a mechanical advantage and increases the flexibility of use when winching.  How Does The Gold Ring Work? The Gold Ring, being a pulley, works by reducing the amount of force needed to move an object.  Keep in mind, if you use a pulley simply to lift something (single line) it only allows a direction change (you...

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Soft Shackles: Why You Need Them

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Soft Shackles:  Why You Need Them

A Brief History of Recovery Gear The world of recovery gear has evolved quite a bit in the last few decades.  I can remember a time where chains were the method of choice for a stuck vehicle extraction.  Large, heavy and unruly, chains were replaced with cables and straps. Winches were always spooled with steel cable, but now most winches come with synthetic line.  Everything is getting lighter, safer and stronger. What's Fishing Got To Do With It? Braided rope from organic material has been around for 4000 years. Most people don't know this, but synthetic ropes have been around a...

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How your purchases help kids with cancer

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How your purchases help kids with cancer

GearAmerica and St. Jude in 1962, Danny Thomas opened St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.  For over 70 years, St Jude has been the world-recognized leader in advances for the treatment for cancer in kids.  They never slow down, then never stop. This kind of selfless tenacity is why we at GearAmerica, donate to them with EVERY purchase made. No Cure? Not quite yet, but St Jude is working tirelessly to find cures and advance treatments. The research done, steps taken and relentless pursuits have put them on the path to CURE at least 60% of children with...

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Hey! Who's the New Guy?

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Hey!  Who's the New Guy?

Hello GearAmerica Nation!  Today marks the start of a new chapter in the GearAmerica story! My name is Chris, and I am joining the Social Media and Marketing Team here at GearAmerica!  What an amazing time! New, innovative products made int the USA, great customers and a great big world to explore with all of you! OK...HOW ABOUT A LITTLE BACKSTORY... My wife, kids, dogs and I are outdoor and off-road enthusiasts. We lived in the Great Northwest for years, and have had out share of mud, snow and rain.  About 6 years ago, we decided to pack up everything into a...

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