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Sledges come in different sizes, different lengths and made of different materials. Choose one that will meet the demands of your journey.

The best ones are made of plastic and kevlar so very tough and will stand a rough journey - like a North Pole adventure. The cover should be made of a strong material with heavy duty zips; make sure they are double zips and attach 3 inch cords to the zips for ease of use with mitts on. The sledge runner should be checked frequently and where deep gouges have occurred file this down to keep the runner smooth.

A combination waist and shoulder system gives maximum leverage with the whole upper body combining to pull the sledge. Test this before you leave, maybe pulling tyres so you can adjust the straps and secure them and get used to working with mitts on.

You have some options for how you attach yourself to your sledge. Either an 8mm line from your harness to the sledge or by adding in a loop of extra strong bungy cord to provide a makeshift shock absorber. This is really useful in Greenland or Antarctica when crossing sastrugi. For a North Pole add several notes into your line at arms length distance to aide you when you have to haul your sledge over ice rubble.

The length of line is a personal preference so do some trials to see how the different lengths effect the direction of pull on the harness.




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