If you have never needed a helping hand in moving your airplane around in an off airport situation, stop reading now.
If you have, like me, from time to time wished you had a lightweight simple mechanical means of giving a good heave ho, this may be of interest. I bought a rope camalong, ($60.00/3/4 ton) the type that passes the rope through itself in operation, so any length of line can be used. It is designed for 1/2" rope, and you need to use that size for it to work properly, but 1/2" is much stronger then I need, so as of now I plan to pack about a 20' length of 1/2" that will pass through the mechanism, and a much longer, maybe 150', of smaller dia. (and lighter) rope. That way I can save some weight (none of this does any good if left in the hangar, I want to pack it along whenever I think it may, just may, be needed) and make continuous snatchs of 20' or so. Also, having plenty of rope along is a good thing in most salvage rescue type operations, for additional tiedown techniques if forced to leave the plane unattended on a mountain ridge in Wyoming for instance None of this will be for my own use of course, but more so I can offer assistance to others
I'll add to this post when I make my final rope selection, right now (it's snowing today...) I am drilling lightening holes and otherwise getting rid of dead weight in the comalong, there goes my factory warranty! I got on some mountain climbing equipment sites, and was quickly overwhelmed by too much info on ropes, so I'll think I just head on down to the local farm and ranch supply and buy local. In between drilling and deburring and snow flurries I also managed to get in a quick .3 local cruise