|Use of the Pulk
Ultra High Molecular Weight polyethylene
(UHMW) is a remarkable material. It’s
incredibly tough and takes a lot of abrasion by
rocks. To make the sled load as narrow as
possible for pulling, try loading it about six inches
deep with heavy gear, then lacing the pulk tightly
to pull the sides in. A second layer can then be
tied on top. The sides can be pulled together at
the front, or the center of the front can be pulled
back to alter the angle at which the front of the
sled meets the snow in deep snow conditions.
Use a large zippered duffel bag or one of the
Rubbermaid Roughtote Action Packer boxes for
carrying gear in the sled. The 8 gallon version
fits perfectly, and two can be stacked on top of
one another. Carrying bulky, lightweight gear
(like sleeping bags) in a pack may also help make
space available in the pulk for heavier items. The
sled should be fastened to the pack belt, or a
separate hip belt if no pack is in use. Hardware
for this can be provided.
Store the sled out of direct sunlight.
... I just got back from Canada... The sled
worked great! I won the Rock and Ice Ultra
because of the low friction and flexibility of
the pulk. I was held back less than other
sleds would have... I am very happy with
how it performed for the 250K.
Boulder, Colorado March, 2007
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