You know it's time to get serious when someone breaks out a winch! This is a tool used to move the un-moveable. When we have to use a winch it's usually to move very large rocks and logs. In its simplest form it consists of a spool and attached hand crank. There are many forms of Winches that can be used, this one is called a Ratchet Winch. They also go by other names such as a Come-Along, Cable Ratchet Puller or a Lever Hoist. The power
of this tool comes from the leverage in the handle and the strength of the cable. We would usually loop one end of the cable around a sturdy tree, and use the crank to pull the heavy object to the desired destination. Sometimes it helps to combine this technique with the use of Digging Bars to maneuver large objects into place.