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An important skill to know is the loading and lashing of equipment onto a toboggan. Knowing this skill will help you move equipment in the winter bush, and allow you to take heavier equipment winter camping without carrying it on your back.

Here is a good method:

bulletLay a large tarp on the toboggan. It should be large enough to turn up on all sides so that the ends will be able to cover the load completely. This tarp can also be used as a shelter or windbreak after you unpack at camp.
bulletDistribute the load equally on the toboggan so that it will track properly. Make sure the load is packed squarely and that nothing projects beyond the toboggan edges, and that it is not top heavy.
bulletOnce the load is stowed on the toboggan, cover it snugly with the ends of the tarp and proceed with the lashing.
bulletStart the lashing rope at the front of the toboggan, crossing over the top, down and through the side ropes, back up and over, and repeat down the side of the toboggan until you reach the rear. Bring the lashing rope back to the front of the toboggan in the same manner and secure with a clove hitch.
bulletAfter your lashing is completed, axes, shovels, spare skis, and snowshoes may be secured to the top of the load. Keep these extra items to a minimum.

Ensure that you take your time and make a neat, secure job of lashing the load. This will ensure that the load does not slip or move while you are on the trail.

When you get to your campsite an over-turned toboggan makes a great platform on which to place your stoves for cooking.

See Also:

More Sled Plans

Make Your Own Winter Gear

Winter Activities

Traditional Outdoor Adventure 

The Traditional Handbook

 

 

   

 

 


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