Winter camping is one of my favorite things to do in winter. The challenge is finding the right equipment to get your gear to camp.
One of the best tools you can have to get your gear to camp is a sled. Unlike summer camping the snow makes an amazing surface for pulling your gear, instead of wearing it. Since you need more gear in winter to stay warm, it isn't always that easy to pack it all in a backpack. No need for 80lbs of gear on your back, a sled make things so much easier.
I am also an avid ice fisherman so I already had a great sled for carrying a lot of gear. (PS - the mods I will show you here also help with ice fishing too).
I took an older model Pelican sled and added some mods to make it a technical Pluk Sled. A pluk sled simply give you more control of your sled when in motion. It also helps when you are on hilly terrain, for one your sled will not chase after you because you have poles to keep the sled back. The sled also corners better as the poles help steer the sled.
With these designs you can hook you sled to your body, and 4 wheeler and even a Fat bike and not worry about your sled and stings getting tangled
You can buy pluk sleds for up to $300. Since I already had a sled, I have about $30 into this project.
I hope you enjoy this Instructable.
Step 1: Acquire New Hardware.
- 1/4 inch rope (I purchased some that was reflective)
- washers (small and large)
- You will also need two 6 foot lengths of 1/2 inch PVC pipe.
Step 2: Get Sled Ready for the Upgrade.
- Clean sled out (My sled has been around the block with many patches and mods already.)
- Remove old pull string
- Match drill bit to
- Drill holes in sled
Step 3: Mount the I-bolts.
Use the large washer first then the small washer. This will help keep the bolts from ripping out of sled.
I used a double nut on the back to help keep the nuts on. I will also put loctite and tape to ensue that the nuts to not come off.
Step 4: Thread Your Rope Through PVC Pipe.
I used a small piece of rope to help pull the larger rope through the pipe. You want a double length a rope through pipe.
Step 5: Attach Carabiners.
I simply made a tight overhand bow knot on one end.
Then tied the other end together with a overhand knot tight to the pipe and then a square knot to tie the ends together.
I then made a loop using a modified whip with some paracord.
To finish the whip off I flame treated all the ends and paracord.
Step 6: Clip Poles to Sled.
Step 7: Tie the Two Poles Together.
I used a velcro strap I already had.
Step 8: Clip Your Sled to Your Waist Belt.
I had a old fanny pack that I use for hunting to clip the poles to.
I found that if you could clip to the poles to your hips the sled controlled better. It also pulled smoother.
Step 9: Add Tie Offs.
I threaded the extra rope I had and made tie offs. This was another great add-on. Simply thread the rope around your sled. I added loops which can aid in tying off your gear.
Step 10: Field Test
I found some velco straps that I had which were a perfect fit for this project. The straps fit around my waist perfectly. Plus you can adjust the size to fit any body size.
The gear fit like a charm. Everything stayed in nicely and the sled pulled like a dream.