Just wanted to thank you for the great ski pulk. I used it on Denali this spring with great success. We even saw a couple of other groups up there with your setup. On side hills and skiing down the mountain we were the envy of everyone. I never once had the sled overturn and I took it all the way to the 14,200 foot camp. I did use a rope brake on the way down which worked perfectly. Yes, we did summit. I'm also attaching pictures of us using the sled to go sledding at the 11,200 foot camp. On a rest day while everyone else shivered in their tent our group went out and bombed the hill in our sleds. It was a great time. Thanks again
Dave - Portland OR
Photos below from Ryan's successful trip to Denali in 2005. His notes included some specific suggestions which I will email to anyone interested. Below is a synopsis of his comments:
Ed's sled worked great for me last year. I had two fins installed for extra stability -- I do believe that they helped, especially on the descent. I found that the system worked best for me when I kept the poles straight -- when I used them in the cross configuration, the sled tended not to be as stable and also presented additional problems with self-arresting. This configuration worked so well that the sled didn't flip over a single time on the descent. (The average sled (my partner's) flipped two dozen or more times, which greatly increased our descent time.) Ed's pulk worked out great! It was at least as good as, if not better than, every other pulk on the mountain, and at a fraction of the cost. (And, it was vastly better than the standard sleds provided by the NPS and the air taxi services -- much more stable and much more cargo room). I would highly recommend his pulk for future Denali expeditions. Make sure that you practice with your full climbing setup well ahead of the expedition to make sure that your system allows you to effectively self-arrest and stop your partner's crevasse fall.
Mountaineering in the Wrangell-St. Elias ranges of Alaska requires rugged, dependable equipment. Ed's ski pulks are the best set-up we've used in 25+ years of guiding.
Wayne Marrs, owner, St. Elias Alpine Guides, McCarthy, Alaska
Greetings, I recently bought a package from you (all but the sled and straps) for a trip into Baxter State Park in Maine. We caught a break, got some snow (otherwise, it was crampons for 13 miles!..yuck) and had a great trip. The sled worked perfectly, and it was a blast to hop on and ride down some of the steeper trail sections. The sled was very solid behind me, including when I pulled it downhill, including some short but steep sections.
David at Baxter State Park -Maine
I purchased the glacier pulk from you for my Denali trip. I wanted to thank you and let you know that it worked out very well. Many climbers struggled with their rope-to-the-sled system, but my pulk performed well even on steep downhills.
Bernie- Lakewood CO