Nansen Sleds

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In collaboration with our colleague David Ellis of Ratcliffe Ellis Polar Equipment in the UK we are able to supply traditional Nansen sleds, Komatik inspired sleds and Scott pyramid tents.  These are all highly specialised items which can be customized to meet specific requirements. Please contact us for details.

Originally developed by the Norwegian Explorer Fridtjof Nansen in the 1890s, these traditional wooden sleds were widely used for exploratory work with dog teams in the Antarctic.  The modern version is made of ash with laminated bridges which are lashed to the runners with Helvetia hide.  The remainder of the sled is assembled with cord lashings producing an immensely strong, light yet flexible sled which can be configured for use with dogs or skidoos.  Towed by snowmobiles, these sleds are still used by The British Antarctic Survey and other National Antarctic Programmes.  Together with our food boxes specifically designed to fit the sled and a Scott Pyramid tent lashed on top of the load the Nansen sled provides a complete system. Renowned polar explorer and Geological Survey of Canada glaciologist Roy Koerner used the Nansen sled during ice core studies in the 1990s and early 2000s.