Riding An ATV For Work – 8 Lessons Learned

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#5 Body position matters here, too.
When setting out in rugged terrain, remember that you can control traction and gain leverage by moving around. Principles that work on the road on two wheels also apply to many off-road scenarios. While hanging off isn’t necessary, moving that half-butt –cheek in corners does fantastic things while hustling up a technical trail. It also enables you to fully exploit the advantages of four-wheel drive. Scrambling out of a steep mud hole? Lean forward to give your front tires positive traction.

#6 Going Deep
Bogging can be fun, challenging, and makes for great war stories later on. Riding in water means that your ATV is at a much higher risk of ingesting it, so make sure you’re checking all of your fluids before and after you ride. Dirty water will emulsify in your oil, damaging both engine and drivetrain hard parts in a hurry. If your quad does get swamped, we recommend that you stop riding immediately and have a mechanic trained to fix your machine check it over.

#7 Trail Clearing
As any Canadian guide will tell you, if you’re going into the bush, always bring an axe. A local hardware store will do the trick, but if you can get your mitts on any Gerber axes they are efficient, lightweight, and the handles won’t weather like wooden ones. I use a Gerber 31-000913 Sport Axe II High Performance Axe. Retail price: $27.17

 SPOT Gen 3 Satellite
#8 SPOT can save your life.
This tool is used extensively by people in my line of work, and with good reason. The Spot allows people to track your location, know that you are OK, and most importantly, know when you’re NOT ok. The ability to rescue yourself or a friend when there isn’t any phone service is a tremendous asset. I use a SPOT Gen 3 Satellite Messenger. Retail price: $135.15

What gear do you find essential out in the wilderness?

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  • Lee Scuppers

    You should explain a sn*tch block.

    It isn’t when your drunk friend interferes in a promising conversation, if anybody is confused.

  • metric_G

    3 questions:
    1. What is your job?
    2. How can i get a job like that?
    3. Are you carrying a gun just in case the bear shrugs off the bear spray?

    • http://Rideapart.com/ Curtis

      Broadly speaking, if you were to work for a state (provincial) or national forest service, that would be one way. Another would be to seek employment in surveying, wildfire fighting, or in the energy sector in Northwestern Canada.
      My work regulations prohibit firearms, so I have to rely on being alert and having good kit easily accessible. I’ve also been trained in bear awareness and have had extensive expert advice on the matter. Avoiding the encounters is what I aim for.

      • metric_G

        Thanks, one more, how is the mosquito situation around summer?

        • http://Rideapart.com/ Curtis

          Mosquitos, black flies, horse flies, bot flies. All after your blood. All very aggressive, all very, very big.

          • metric_G

            aaaaand I’m out… :)

      • Lee Scuppers

        Have you had to try the air horn?

        The few times I’ve been in the woods in bear country, I was hoping for avoidance. Really, really hoping.

        • http://Rideapart.com/ Curtis

          More often than I would like!

  • http://Rideapart.com/ Curtis

    You nailed it. Not sure how I missed this. I’ll blame tin-cans-and-string internet.

  • runnermatt

    I carry a SOG Hand Axe in my pack. It is currently listed on their website for $50, but I bought mine for around $30 a while back.