Winter Pack Sled Build

Winter Pack Sled Build

In 2004, my friends and I set out to conquer the winter wilderness. For years, we used a cabin deep in the woods as our three season destination. But never in the winter – we worried about the cold, but also, the logistics. How do you get 3 guys and their stuff miles into the woods in knee deep snow, assuming the worst terrain and weather? While sitting around drinking beers in my friend’s basement, I remembered an image from an old Boy Scout Field Guide. It showed three Scouts pulling a wood toboggan through the woods. They looked like they were enjoying themselves and it looked easy enough. What they failed to illustrate was anything greater than flat terrain, and how they got there in the first place. Back in the day, I only had access to a car, not a truck. So everything we decided to bring went in cardboard boxes (burnable?) and our cheap Canadian Tire wood toboggan went from the trunk and into the back seat. When we got to the trail, everything was dumped out of the car onto the cold snow. Almost immediately we were chilled and we stood around discussing optimal placement of the boxes and how we would lash everything together. We decided to pile the cardboard boxes onto a tarp on top of the toboggan and then lashed the whole contraption together with piss-poor knot tying. We used a long length of rope that I had on hand with caribeaners on either end, and a 1 1/2” belt harness that had 2 d-rings held between sliders. I brought a pair of...