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Date Wednesday  11/7/2018
Group Denver
Event Title Pulk (winter sled) building clinic
Status Complete
Leader David Miller
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 14
Type Education (everyone)


Conference Room D at the American Mountaineering Center (710 10th St, Golden, CO 80401)

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Seminar description: Do you participate in hut, ice climbing, or winter camping trips? Carrying the bulky and sometime heavy gear required for winter activities or multi-day trips in the mountains has always been difficult. Modern-day outdoor-sportsters have taken notice of equipment development and transportation used by peoples of the far North for centuries - the sled (aka sleigh, sledge, or pulk). Pulks now find popular use in winter trips in Colorado. This seminar by speaker Ron Stokley will briefly cover the history of pulks, features and considerations of a good sled, and present an example design that has proven over years of use and design refinement. Attendees may opt to purchase components and get together in an off site build day after the clinic.

About the speaker: Ron Stokley has presented on pulk construction and usage at outdoor sports vendors such as JAX and REI and to special groups including the Boulder Lightpackers and Colorado Mountain Club. Ron’s first experience with pulks was on a yurt trip, where he discovered Ed's Wilderness Systems, aka Founded by Ed Bouffard, a Cascade NP Ranger, who developed his pulks for, among other places, 10th Mountain Hut trips. EWS offered complete pulks that were much cheaper than those available from commercial vendors. Because Ron was a mechanical designer for over 40-years so, he set about redesigning the components that Ed felt so essential to make a pulk. Ron’s design enables anyone to purchase the parts locally, and assemble them with hand tools.

Snacks and beverages starting at 6:30 pm.

Lecture (about 90 minutes) will start at 7:00 pm

Feel free to mingle and take a look at example sleds after the lecture.

Option to join a later sled building clinic (about 4 hours, cost of components is $130)