Backpacker - - Skıll Set -

In­vest in a good sled.

Ex­pect to spend around $300 (we like Sk­iPulk’s Snow­clip­per Pulk; $265). Ch­est har­nesses are pricier but stay in place bet­ter and of­fer more for­ward leverage than a belt. Opt for rigid poles in rolling ter­rain to keep the sled from col­lid­ing with your calves on des­cents.

Choose an ap­pro­pri­ate trail.

Start with snow-cov­ered roads—they’re wide , well­marked, and gen­er­ally gentle. Avoid grades steeper than 25 de­grees, switch­backs, spring slush, and boil­er­plate.

Bring a friend (and some rope).

If you must side­hill, have the friend tie off to the up­hill back cor­ner of the sled and move in tan­dem with you, re­main­ing be­side and up­hill of the sled to keep the line taut. On down­hills, get your friend to tie into the back. Then, pizza like you’re in ski school.

Pack smart.

Put the heav­i­est items low and near the cen­ter of the sled, and keep the over­all sled height as low as pos­si­ble to re­duce tip­ping. Store ev­ery­thing in a hand­ful of large stuff­sacks or duf­fels to prevent small items from wrig­gling free.

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