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    Polk sled wanted

    Looking to buy a polk sled so I can enjoy the hammock this winter and go to the group hang in January. Any one have an extra???

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    DIY Pulk

    If no one chimes in with an extra sled...
    It's pretty easy to make your own rudimentary pulk using a cheap plastic sled, some cord, a couple of pieces of pvc pipe, and a pack's waist belt.

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    It is indeed easy to make. Prolly cost as much as shipping one too due to the size. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out the "best" whatever before making mine. Finally I just bit the bullet and made a simple one. I figured it would last a season and i would know what changes to make for the next one. So far it hasn't broken yet. I made a modified version of this one: http://www.krabach.info/snow_sled/snow_sled.htm
    i didn't use zip ties, I put the rail pvc under the lip and connected it with eye-bolts, washers and nuts. The Tow rope went through the poles and also through the eyebolts. I didn't use a cross pole, but instead crossed the actual poles and used a piece of nylon twine to loosely hold them together in the middle. I might have put a photo in one of the other pulk threads. My advice, just make one, it takes longer to drive to the store for the materials than actually putting it together (unless you make one with a really cool system like Ordin Aryguy made, but his is bomb proof).

    Edit: here is the post with the photos of the pulk I made. http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...0&postcount=43
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    Quote Originally Posted by tiredhiker View Post
    Looking to buy a polk sled so I can enjoy the hammock this winter and go to the group hang in January. Any one have an extra???
    Just so you know, I plan on attending two winter hangs this year without a pulk sled, In MT Rogers thread I was told that they are not needed (may be helpful) but not needed for the MT Rogers Hang, and as for the the NJ Pine Barrens Hang, its car camping so you can bring as much as you can pack into your car. Just wanted to throw this out their so your not detured from attending a group hang due to not having a pulk slep. Now not having proper insulation would be a different story But as stated they are fairly easy to make. Hope to see you this winter
    -LRR
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    Hiking is'ent about waiting for the storm to pass its about learning to hike in the rain.

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    ski pulk

    1. download the free PDF - plenty of instructions

    http://www.skipulk.com/

    2. find nearest Aubuchon Hardware Store

    http://www.hardwarestore.com/store-locations.aspx#Maine

    3. Call and confirm they have an orange Paris sled [Paris Sled Co. is originally from Maine - Paris, Maine]

    Cost = $30.

    http://outdoor-living.hardwarestore....ed-147520.aspx


    The blue and black Paris sleds ones don't work as well as the orange one but you can still make a decent pulk from them.

    For a body frame, I took an old Kelty child carrier I had in the basement and removed the "baby webbing" part. Works very well. An external frame pack works well too. If you are attaching to an internal frame, you may want to re-enforce the attachment points.



    A 8x10 generic tarp works great as a "burrito wrap" to secure everything in the pulk.

    http://automotive.hardwarestore.com/...rp-648361.aspx
    Last edited by tjm; 09-04-2010 at 10:25.

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    If you look in the gallery, there are a few pictures of some DIY pulks. Shug has a few of the one he made. They are detailed enough to get you going.

    John

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    thanks for all the info as always, H.H comes threw. I will be there in Jan to meet all who attend,,,

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