Wouldn’t it be nice to have a light pulk strapped onto your pack so you could instantly to switch back and forth between pack and pulk? This approach allows you to pull when there is a smooth and level trail and quickly switch to backpack mode in rough or wooded terrain.
Jörgen Johansson built a prototype and describes it over on BackpackingLight .
The pulk and harness consisted of aluminum sheeting, 1 mm, cut to the size of the pack, 40 x 16 inches, 7 plastic clips, 5 yards of 4 mm nylon cord and 2 lengths of plastic hose with an inner diameter fitting the cord.
Jörgen took it on a 70-mile trip in the four days/three nights trip and found that the aluminum sled became deformed, from sled to half pipe, and scooped some snow, but it was easily re-shaped by hand. The half pipe deformation and a relatively high center of gravity also caused the unit to become unstable.
Perhaps worth investigating would be a cut down plastic sled that could be strapped onto a pack. Anyone else with experience trying a pack/sled combination?
Follow our occasional Tweets @WinterCampersSHARE