Weight is perhaps 8+lbs with extra rope [comes with only 25 feet]...what I have no experience with is how much leverage do you have with such a "come along". I mean could you pull on the handle and drag a 564 lb bike up a dirt bank? Or even a bike mired in deep mud. Since this is about mud or ice this spin option is a method to inch your way out...but again up a bank, I doubt I could spin it. Even with plastic board I doubt I could drag my bike. The anchor mentioned in other post is heavy...lightest version is 24 lbs and of questionable use on a variety of surfaces. You can improvise a "deadman annchor" if conditions are just right but still need a pulley system or winch. The suggestion of bringing a Warn and extra battery [yes the Warn will kill a BMW GSA battery is very short order; I gave the Tech the GSAs battery specs] is not feasible in my world. But if you are willing to cart that weight, then yes it would be an option. All this brings me personally full circle to a set of double pulleys, static climbing line, prusik lines, flat strap and hopefully a stout anchor to attach the line to. Read "tree" or "boulder/rock outcropping". Regardless of the system of pulling [winch, come along or pulleys] if you don't have a reachable anchor that will take the load, you don't have a system that is functional. You be stuck!