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#87883 - 02/13/08 09:34 AM Re: To sled or not to sled [Re: huskyrunnr]
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That is Will Steger and team manhauling across the N. polar icecap. They used the canoes to cross leads as well as to carry all their gear and food. I have seen other examples on the web of polar trekkers using modified plastic kayaks as pulks for long trips. The modification was to open the hatch a bit to get their gear in and out. The kayaks were also used to cross leads in the ice. I guess it just depends on the scale and location of your outing.

Fjellpulken are the best pulks out there but they are extremely heavy for their size. I wouldn't want to hoist one on my back if the need arose. The Armadillo was nice and light but Kifaru stopped making them. They were way out of my $$ range anyway. I think a wood/glass composite could be made as light as the Armadillo. I've planned on trying this for a long time with cedar bender board, but just haven't gotten around to it. I don't think you would need to glass the inside, just epoxy it.
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#87884 - 02/13/08 02:19 PM Re: To sled or not to sled [Re: huskyrunnr]
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Thanks for the photos!

I would use some type of sealer on the inside, but no need to glass it and add that weight IME. I've done a fair bit of canoe work in my days and found all you need is a good sealer for your wood type. it keeps the wood from absorbing mositure and getting heavier while out. Wear is negligble on something like this' interior vs exterior IME.
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#87885 - 02/13/08 06:27 PM Re: To sled or not to sled [Re: Earthling]
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What would you recommend for sealing cedar?
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#87886 - 02/15/08 03:04 PM Re: To sled or not to sled [Re: huskyrunnr]
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Some really thinned out Spar varnish if it's white cedar. Red cedar IME does'nt seem to take up much, though that was a one off thing so don't go by it. On most of my sailboats I had brightwork/woodwork that I sealed, others I just left nekked <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />
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#87887 - 04/18/08 04:22 PM Re: To sled or not to sled [Re: aceatc]
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We have a group that does winter trips every year, and we have all done the cheap plastic sled thing with mixed success. Here is what I have learned:

1. The big plastic toboggans are perfect, high sides keep the snow out, and they have holes so you can bungee your pack right on.

2. Only take a sled if you aren't going to do alot of traversing, or up and down.

3. try to rig a harness or something, makes life way easier than just going for it witht he little rope that comes attached.

4. Don't worry about weight if you are pulling a sled, it really makes life easy... I have taken a case of beer with no worries!

anyway, done it tons with various crappy little kid sleds and always better than not bringing a sled, plus you get to go sledding in virgin powder (at least in utah).
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