So you've found yourself in a situation. You are running a 100 miler in Alaska in the middle of winter. The race requires you to carry 15lbs of survival gear on you at all times and you decide that is too much to carry on your back. So what do you do!? Build a sled of course! Lets also say you want to build this sled in about 3 hours from stuff you can get from around town... Well you have come to the right place because I have done all the hard stuff for you.
Step 1: Convince yourself that running 100 miles in Alaska in the winter is a good idea and register for the race.
Step 2: Move to a snowy climate so you can train.
Step 3: Re-convince yourself that running 100 miles in Alaska in the winter is a good idea.
Step 4: Training in cold weather conditions without a sled.
Step 5: Realize that you should really be training with a sled.
Step 6: Gather materials for the sled.
-Cheap kid sled from your local gas station
-30ft of static cord
-25 large zip ties
-2 5ft and 1/2in PVC pipe
-1 Large duffle bag or custom made sled topper (made by my awesome mom)
-Power drill with two drill bits (based on cord/zip ties size)
-Lighter and Scissors
-1 Black Lab for moral support
Step 7: Drill 10 holes on each side of the sled.
Step 8: Place custom made sled cover in sled and use scissors to punch holes in fabric at the exact holes. (if using a duffle just buy bungee cord and strap the duffle in the sled then skip to Step 11)
Step 9: Accidentally stab your finger with the very sharp scissors
Step 10: Place quick ties in holes and fasten them tightly and cut the extra plastic
Step 11: Drill two large holes in the front of sled (and two in the back if custom sled)
Step 12: Cut cord in thirds.
Step 13: Thread cord down through front holes and tie an over hand not on the bottom and top.
Step 14: Slide PVC pipe over cord and clove hitch or whatever knot you want to the carabiners.
Step 15: Clip Carabiners to backpack waste belt (cross them in the back for more control).
Step 16: Run around your house in it because it's a damn sexy sled.
Step 17: Melt those knots!
Step 18: Okay go drink some hot tea because you're done. And now the hard part of actually training with it is upon you. The following steps are for my custom sled.
Step 19: Cut the remaining cord in half.
Step 20: Thread through the back holes and tie a knot on the bottom.
Step 21: Thread through the tie down straps and tie to the front of the sled.
Step 22: Now you are done too and can drink some hot tea before going outside with it.
Hope that helped maybe just a little! Feel free to reach out and ask me anything else. (I named it Clifford the big red sled)