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Ultralite Rescue Sled

Ultralite Rescue Sled
Lightweight and compact when stored. Ultralite Rescue Sled - open and ready for action.

Brooks-Range Ultralite™ Rescue sled features a bright red tarp of our proprietary Ultralite™ rip-stop nylon fabric weighing a mere 8.7 ounces (247 g). This includes the straps for holding a victim securely in place, and for tying the tarp to the skis to become an integral part of the sled assembly.

The Pro Stretcher bars are designed with slots cut in them so they can work as cross beams when mated with a pair of skis. The two Pro Stretcher Bars are made of four cylinders of aircraft quality aluminum that fit inside each other so that they pack down to a single, nested 10-inch long cylinder.

Five extra long two-foot ski straps tie the skis, poles, and the expanded stretcher bars together to make a solid frame that won’t fall apart under load. It all fits in a small, taco-style nylon pouch that practically disappears in your pack.

To go super light, but remain prepared ,you can use the shaft of any of our Brooks-Range shovels as the stretcher bars and leave the duplicate metal of the Pro Stretcher Bars behind.

Package includes:

  • 1 Red Ultralite™ Rescue Sled Tarp
  • 2 Pro Stretcher Bars (4x 10” nested, slotted bars)
  • 5 two-foot long rubber ski straps
  • 1 11” x 4” Nylon Pouch

Weight: 24.9 oz. (706 g)

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Customer Reviews

  • Author: Andrew Nelson
    Working great! Hope you can make it lighter

    British Columbia, Canada

  • Author: Jonathan S.
    At my AIARE ITC last December, one of the participants for his sample teaching presentation had us construct an emergency sled. One group of students had to improvise, while my set got handed a stuff sack full of this rescue sled. An instructor, who was also an AMGA ski guide, got all excited and showed me how to assemble it (which was very quick & easy). Then I realized why he was so excited!

    As a nordic ski patroller, we always practice constructing emergency sleds, but they never inspired much confidence. By contrast, this seems very sturdy. (Admittedly though, I never got to fully test it last season, since first my field test plans were foiled by too little snow, then too much snow — a rare highway closure for the northeast — but I promise this year to be more motivated!)

    Although the recommended full complement of five straps to stabilize the sled is more than any single person would carry, spread out among a party of two or three skiers, it could be considered reasonable for potential applications totally unrelated to sled construction.

    Amherst, MA

  • Author: John Thomsen
    The rescue sled is awesome. It is a great piece of gear and extremely useful in a guiding context. Set-up and use was simple and quick, and the sled was light enough without compromising function. The small stuff sack that is for use with the sled minus the poles was a bit too small; the sled body fit in there fine, but I still wanted to carry the five orange ski straps with it, and they did not fit in the stuff sack. Also, the idea of using the sled poles as a shovel handle is great for saving weight, but not sure if I would carry the sled poles as the shovel handle again, particularly because I’m not sure if I’d use that shovel again. This is mainly because the shovel blade is cumbersome with the additional metal piece welded on for shovel handle stability, and because I feel like I don’t need a shovel that is so beefy. I like to use a smaller shovel that gets the job done and fits in my backpack better versus a larger set-up. The rest of the gear, especially the map tool, guide cards, and field book cover were great and made things like creating daily tour plans much easier.

    The equipment worked really well and was really well designed. I will use that gear for many tours and trips to come.
  • Author: Charles Feller
    I find this product very useful. You can tell that they constructed the product well. I did find the rubber straps that bind the ski poles to the skis are a bit difficult to tighten.

    New York, NY

  • Author: Jonathan S. Shefftz
    I just returned from a Ski Patrol Level 2 Mountain Travel & Rescue Course, the first such course held in the past three seasons here (after three prior attempts, ugh).

    My sled was kind of the centerpiece of the rescue enterprise on the third day. It was quick and easy to assemble and it made it through all the raising, lowering, then skiing part of the exercise.

  • Author: Colin Zacharias
    “In December of each year the Canadian Mountain and Ski Guide Training and Certification Program runs its “Mechanized” training week at one of British Columbia’s cat skiing operations. This is the first of two training weeks for the Assistant Ski Guide. One of the many exercises is a “Lost Skier Search” that includes a recovery and evacuation component. The aspirant guides are tasked with finding and evacuating a skier from steep treed terrain. The evacuation exercise includes assembly, packaging and evacuation of an “injured victim” in a team of three. The two haulers may be required to drag the mock victim in the improvised sled down steep terrain with deep snow and often are required to maneuver the sled over flats, traverses and up short hills.

    The nature of the exercise illustrates several points to the aspirant:

    - the difficulty and scope of a backcountry evacuation in deep snow and remote mountainous terrain
    - the potential for quick onset of shock and hypothermia for the “victim”
    - the importance of a well constructed sled that is reflects professionalism of the guide and care for his or her client
    - a “semi rigid” sled (like the Brooks Mountaineering sled) works better in varied terrain and snow conditions that an unsupported bivy sack drag.
    - an effective rescue requires practice.

    The instructors also brief the aspirant guides that they will be examined on an “evacuation circuit” during their upcoming spring exams. The instructors do not recommend a specific type of evacuation system. They allow the students to try out several systems, a few of which may be demonstrated successfully. The students are told that their evacuation system must be light enough to be carried whenever they are professionally guiding clients, assemble quickly to minimize client discomfort, be rigid enough to reduce exacerbating the client injuries, and be durable enough to permit evacuation over several kilometers to a nearby trailhead or helicopter landing pad.

    The aspirants then have the winter to prepare and practice with the system of their choice.”

    – Colin Zacharias (ACMG Course Leader, Canadian Mountain and Ski Guide Training Programs)

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