I meant a 'ratchet strap on a stick' like the one kenstone showed above. Riding the great aussie outback I am very well aware of the lack of trees, the area shown in that photo was a like a damn rain-forest compared to some other areas I had passed through. kenstone, I had seen that one and that was a great inspiration. On the same trip (where my above 'sand nap' photo was taken) one of the guys on a DR650 had a ratchet strap tying down a 'swag' and I saw how much leverage they could apply. Researching it seems they can do about 10:1, so with an even moderate handle length I figured it should work as a winch so I just need some elevation . . . you have shown a small pole can work. Your post and the 'dustriders' version (a bit too heavy and bulky) convinced me, so I will make one!