American Alpine Institute has a great article titled “Expedition Sled Rigging” that I used to set up for training last winter. The pictured sled turned out to be identical to what I was using to move firewood, so that was easy (and the same as sleds in Denali base camp). I just wrapped a 45-pound weight plate in a blanket and pulled it around a course of hilly hay fields. I used equal pack weight. Proved very valuable training for my 2-week trip on the Kahiltna this past May. I will use it again this year, 1x weekly, in the last block before my Denali trip. The pulley is key for an individual, or last on a rope, as it makes minding the sled easier. Cheers from VT.
Question for the coaches and the group, especially folks that have climbed Denali.
For the coaches: When / how would you incorporate weighted sled pulls into a training plan for Denali?
Is this something you would include in the Advanced group or is it not necessary.
(I am thinking about a climb attempt in Spring of 24 so got [plenty of time to train)
I have the opportunity to do some winter camping in the Whites in NH and Maine this winter that involves using a pulk to haul in gear and thought it would be a good segue into that modality.
After that the next question is – anyone have a good design build that they know works well?
I have some free time and want to try and build one to work with over this winter.
Share pics and links if you have them!! Or if it’s more appropriate pass them along in the WhatsApp chat. 🙂
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