Our buddy Tom Whitfield checking in again from Antarctica.
Done something quite interesting the other day. I had made a stretcher
and we decided to go out and test it in our pulk. It was a search and
rescue exercise. We simulated a broken leg in the hills. We all
gathered the equipment, strapped in, and hauled our arses for hours up
and down hills with the patient strapped in.
We had seen some videos where skiers and snowboarders are able to go
down hill with the pulk so we had a go. I used the splitty and skins
to go up the hills then I was the brake and co-coordinator when going
down hill in snowboard mode. Between me and Rob (skier), we had no
troubles going down hill laden with weight. It was surprisingly easier
than I thought, and good fun. You may have seen similar things on
pistes I guess.
I’m glad I did it because when we go on winter trips we bring sleds to
tow our gear. So I could use this technique when coming down hill.
Just thought you guy’s might be interested in seeing what fellow
splitters can do with this relatively new concept! Everything worked a