A dog sled (or dogsled) is a
sled pulled by one
or more sled
dogs used to travel over
ice and through
types of sleds are used, depending on their function.
A basket sled has a bed raised a several inches above the surface of the
snow. This type of sled is used in
dogsled racing. Sprint sleds are often short-bodied basket sleds. A
sled has a lower carriage and uses a closed bed, allowing the sled to slide or
float over deep snow. Freight sleds, which are heavier and sturdier than sprint
sleds, may be toboggan or basket sleds. Both of these types of sleds have
runners which stick out behind the sled, on which the
stand. Older sleds relied on hooks attached to the sled with a rope, whereas
modern sleds usually include drag and claw brakes built into the sled.
A recent innovation in sled design was introduced in the
Jeff King, who used a split sled for the race. This sled, the Tail Dragger,
has a basket-style body with a freight-holding back end, and an open middle. The
musher can sit on the back part or stand in the middle.
The komatik is a traditional
Inuit sled, used
in Canada and
low-slung and on which the hunter or racer sits or lies down, facing forward.
The runners do not stick out as in basket sleds.
A pulk is a short, flat sled used in the
Scandinavian sport of
pulka. The dog is
hitched to the sled and the sled to the skier. The pulk is used to carry
supplies or equipment, but not usually a person.
The expedition led by the
Roald Amundsen used dog sleds when they reached the
Robert Falcon Scott's party did.
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