If there’s a rut, I try and stay out of it as long as possible. But if I must drop
in it, I want to be carrying speed. Stopping in the rut with your feet out usually
has you unloading the rear end; the tire spins, and you burn holes in the hill.
With one or two fingers on the clutch, you can control the bike when it drops
in the rut. And when you slightly pull in the clutch, you can maintain your
balance and not get thrown side to side in the rut! The main key up hills is
momentum and traction control—oh, and lots of practice helps. There are times
when I ride with my friends and we’ll spend an entire day just hill-climbing!