I was able to make a rough and ready repair while I was out there using multiple layers of duct tape which got me out of trouble but it is absolutely certain that this sled will not be making another expedition with me.
The other kind of sledge that I had considered making was a toboggan and Pete, another of the expedition members, had already decided that was the way he wanted to do it.
I have to admit I was impressed with the performance of his toboggan and it’s load carrying capabilities that is definitely what I’ll be making before my next trip.
The toboggan is a style of sledge that was developed by the First Nations of North America.
Originally made from thin wooden planking they have largely been replaced with plastic sheeting these days which is stronger, requires less maintenance and can even be rolled up for transport on aircraft.
See how I made mine here.