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Mushing Innovations

Steve Bergemann's Version of the Rope/Stick Tie Down

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Rope/Stick ATV
ATV Hookup - one rope anchored to solid object
Sled Closeup
Sled Hookup - two ropes.
Rope to solid object hooked to sled hookup line.
Sled Long View
Sled Hookup Line
The sled hookup line is separate from any other sled lines. It's fastened to the back loop of the gangline (not bridle) and runs on the top or underside of the sled (depending on model). The end protrudes just behind the bed of the sled when you're underway.

This isn't really an innovation, it's a very old method of tying off the sled for hookup.  It is totally reliable: never breaks, never comes unhooked unexpectedly.   Additionally, it's extremely easy to turn the team loose when you're ready--no jammed knots or frozen quick releases.

The only thing that's different about our "stick" is that we use 3/4" ID Electrical Conduit for the stick.  It's smooth, easy to drill for the pull rope and the keeper rope (not shown).  The bottom edge is ground slightly to remove rough edges and give it a bit of a taper.

Provided by Steve Bergemann, November 2006


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