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 Sledding on a winter descent 
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 Sledding on a winter descent
I watched someone using a plastic tobogan on Mt Major last Sunday. I honestly felt dumb for not thinking about it beforehand. Probably nice on Mt. Major, depending on how steep the ascent is it might be a bad idea on a 4k.
Maybe a really bad idea on a 4k.

They make em light enough so toddlers can carry them, might make a good stretcher in an emergency. Might cause an emergency and put me in a stretcher.

Been thinking about it most of the week, just can't lose my gut feeling that sledding down a trail is somehow cheating the mountain.

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I've done that with people a few times, coming down from a 4K peak. I have a "Swiss Bob" sled that I got at EMS, and another one called a TSL Quicky Sled. Both of these are small enough to your pack. Off the top of my head, I can remember doing this on Cannon, the steep parts of the Osseo trail coming off Flume, and Liberty. It can be a lot of fun but you have to be careful to not go too fast and get out of control.

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I use the TSL Quicky sled on 4ks....LOTS of fun, and cuts decent time into practically nothing.

There's a technique to using them so you stay in control. I use one leg bent so that my foot can break by pushing down into the snow. Like Bob said, it can get dangerous if you go too fast. When the trail is especially packed and the sides are high, it creates almost a bobsled run that helps keep you on the trail. :lol:


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And on popular trails, be sure to watch for hikers coming up!

I hear tell Glencliff is one of the best for a Swiss Bob.

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Twinway to Galehead
Either Hancock (South is slightly steeper)
Osceola Trail below the top of the slide
Ammo Ravine
Kinsman Ridge Trail off Cannon
Falling Waters

I like to keep my snowshoe-clad feet out in front and steer as if I was a snowmobile. I mostly butt-slide which is a bit slower, if harder on your garments, and any soft, fleshy part of you that may hit a stump or rock.

Example - Osceola Trail

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Brian"Swiss Bob" Andretti 8)

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Ohhhhhhh yeah! 8)

If it were not for the sledding I doubt I would have nearly as much fun winter hiking. :D

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Amazon is shipping a sled as I type. Those videos are down right inspiring

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You will love it! After reading these guys rave about them last winter I got one and it was one of the first things I hauled out for this season.

A caution: I typically hike with my dog and he just goes nuts running along with me- I exercise caution with this as it would be really easy to run him over. At the end of one of our runs this year he tried to pull me along to keep the fun going!

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Those quick sleds are fun. I saw a 4 pack at LL Bean Sunday for 20 bucks. Plain old glissading works well on steeper trails too.

On one trip up Old Speck a couple winters ago some guy came down almost the entire thing in one of those long plastic kids sleds, in the dark, with a headlamp. Seemed to have enjoyed himself and been no worse off for it.


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