Hill climbing is a fun and daring activity to do with your off-road equipped Jeep!
Getting up and over is exhilarating, especially once you get to the level of ascending the more extreme inclines; however, doing it safely without losing traction or risking a rollover takes a certain amount of experience and know-how.
Before barreling up that steep hill obstacle, learn the different techniques to use to scale ascents in different conditions so you make it to the top in one piece with your new Jeep Vengeance front bumper intact!
Climbing Dirt Hills
Dry, packed dirt hills are some of the easiest to climb in comparison to other less-stable surfaces because the ground is solid and relatively smooth, so with the right tires and technique, maintaining traction is pretty easy on packed, dry dirt.
How is it done?
Start climbing at a slow yet steady pace that keeps the truck moving positively forward enough that it won’t stall, yet slowly enough that it also won’t break traction by spinning the tires.
With practice comes the ability to judge the speed necessary to make it to the top on different inclines without risking a loss of control or unbalancing of your Jeep.
Climbing Muddy, Wet, or Snowy Hills
Hills that are considered greasy are harder to climb than comparable hills that are dry, which makes it necessary to make some changes to your technique to complete the climb.
These hills can be a lot of fun; however, they’re definitely more challenging.
If initially thinking that using a heavier throttle with your Jeep is needed to keep the uphill momentum going, too much throttle on slick surfaces will result in sliding and spinning instead of climbing - and losing control on a click hill is pretty easy to do.
So what is the best way to climb that hill?
Start off with a slightly higher speed than normally used climbing a dry hill, then keep on moving at that speed, backing off a little bit only if you feel like traction is being lost.
Use any rocks, roots, and divots in the ground to aid traction.
To safely scale wet inclines, it’s essential to have A/T tires on your Jeep with a good tread for handling mud and/or snow.
In addition, don’t let the tires spin that could create a slick spot under the tires and lose traction.
Climbing Loose and Rocky Hills
Hills with a lot of scattered material like loose dirt, small stones, and leaves or hills covered in larger rocks present a completely different challenge than dry or wet hills.
In this case, it's necessary to anticipate the possibility of the loose surface dirt and pebbles coming free under your tires which could cause the tires to spin or a worst-case scenario of sliding off larger rocks.
To scale this type of hill, you’ve got to pay attention to all the imperfections in the ground and find the easiest way up.
How can this be done?
Once again, having an aggressive set of A/T tires on your Jeep with a good tread for rocks and uneven terrain is essential.
Start climbing with good forward momentum yet not so fast that your tires spin and/or loosen the surface dirt and rocks.
As you ascend, turn the front wheels side-to-side to help the tires get more traction rather than spinning in one place or sliding back.
Use the rocks embedded in the ground as added means of traction to allow your truck or Jeep to keep pulling itself upward.
Climbing Hills with Ruts
Whether caused by other vehicles or washout, ruts going up a hill might be either extra challenging or surprisingly easy.
The trick is to maintain control of the location of all four tires and not allow the ruts to do the guiding for you.
What is the right way to climb hills with ruts?
Combining techniques to get it done is the primary advice from experienced rock climbing drivers.
Keep a slow but steady pace and navigate your Jeep carefully to either use the ruts to your advantage or try to avoid them altogether.
Adjust your path along the way and pick what seems to be a promising route to the top based on the ruts and other physical aspects of the trail, keeping in mind things like loose rocks and muddy spots.
Try driving on top of the ruts or with one wheel in and one wheel on top to find a good passage with a lot of traction.
Climb Hills With Care - But Do Climb!
It’s an accomplishment to navigate your Jeep up a steep hill, whether dealing with extreme inclines alone or other challenges like mud, rut, or loose dirt.
To be successful, keep each of these different techniques in mind when assessing your obstacle.
Most importantly, remember that steady forward motion is critical to getting to the top - just don’t go at things too fast.
Let your Jeep’s gearing and 4-wheel capabilities be the positive force they are intended to be.
If you ever feel stuck or unable to safely go any further, back down and re-assess, then try another approach.
Start out on a small scale and as you become more skilled with different types of hills, everyone will be cheering at the top in no time at all!