A dead man anchor is a technique to use if your Jeep ever becomes stuck and cannot push or pull your way out. You may have a winch installed on your Jeep, but if there is nothing to attach it to, you may think that you’re out of luck and will have to hope that another vehicle follows the same the path you did. If you don’t feel like waiting, you may have to prepare yourself for some digging.
To dig a dead man anchor, you will need to use a shovel that you have packed as part of your emergency supply kit. The size of the hole you will need to dig depends on the size and weight of your Jeep and how severely you are stuck. Remember the deeper the hole, the stronger your anchor will be. The minimum depth of your hole should be deep enough to hold your spare tire and rim.
You will want to dig the hole directly in line with your Jeep and far enough away from your stuck vehicle that you can spool out a decent length of cable. To make sure that your hole is far enough away, you may want to measure out some cable before you start digging. Measuring first will make sure that you have the right spot for your dead man anchor.
Next you will want to look around for a heavy object which will serve as your anchor. This could be a large log, rock or if you have nothing around you can use your spare tire. Once you have located an object to serve as your anchor you will want to attach a chain to the anchor and bury it deep inside the hole and angled away from your Jeep for the greatest amount of resistance. When burying your anchor, make sure that you have filled all of the open areas with dirt and then pack it down as solidly as you can get it.
Now you will want to attach your winch to the chain that you have placed around your anchor. Once you have connected your winch to the anchor, you can now start to pull your Jeep. The anchor should give you enough resistance to free your vehicle. Once you have gotten your Jeep free, you will want to dig up your anchor and remove the chain. If you used your spare tire you will want to clean it off before placing it back in your Jeep.