In response to our Pack or Pulk posting.
Tom Murphy stated: I snowshoe rather than XC ski and I have a crossbar that adds rigidity to the pulk pole arrangement so those might be why I find the pulk easy to maneuver in the woods. I attach my pulk to a belt/shoulder harness I made from a Kelty Kid Carrier. I use this arrangement on flat or rolling terrain. When it starts getting steep and the pulk feels like it is pulling me back downhill, I change out from the belt/shoulder harness to the loaded backpack. There are still items in the pulk but this change shifts a lot of the weight to my body. Because the loaded backpack normally is in the pulk, this set-up adds a few pounds to the total weight but it also adds a lot of flexibility since it is pretty easy to quickly change from harness to backpack and vice versa. I have tried sledding downhill by laying on top of my pulk for moderate downhills. That’s fun but the snow pack has to be just right.
C. Bergquist has an opinion. Pulk ! Two or three exclamation points wouldn’t be too many. Snowshoes can be wonky enough to walk in. Throw in some powdery fluff, thousands of buried fallen logs and branches and vines, a winter weight loaded backpack and your day will literally NOT be the proverbial “walk in the woods.” Even a heavily loaded pulk can be managed on downhills simply by turning around and letting the pulk go down the hill ahead of you. Side hills present more of challenge, but even that is hit-or-miss depending on the snow conditions. On hard, crusty, icy snow, the pulk will tend to slip sideways down the hill. With soft, packable snow the pulk just packs down its own little luge run and doesn’t side slip out of it. Pulks afford the ability to easily bring sufficient gear along on winter camping trips without the worry of backpack weights, or even if it will all even fit in a pack. Is it going to be cold enough to warrant using two sleeping bags? Bring ‘em… Feel like a couple steaks some cold beers for dinner? No problem… Want to drag along that gnarly saw and an axe to turn some dead and down into a decent cooking/warming fire? Throw ‘em in the pulk with out a single care about the extra weight. It’s worth repeating… Pulks!
Don Watson said: Yes, the pulk does present challenges when there is terrain, but for most of the time the pulk’s ability to carry the bulky stuff that winter camping entails, along with your pack makes, it a great tool for hauling gear during the winter. The pulk is also easier to use than a toboggan whenever there are hills and broken country. Both have their place and even if you have to stop and put your pack on your back when obstacles hinder the pulk, it is still worth it, the same as having to portage a canoe and gear in the summer.
Or you could be like this guy and take both…..
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