Sleds

Teamwork with sleds
Expeditioners from Davis station haul a sled near Rauers. (Photo: Shane Mitchell)
Equipment containers on sled

Sleds are used extensively for field travel and vary in size from small sleds for towing behind a quad to large, 20 tonne sleds for traverse use.

Different types of sleds in use for AAp field work include:

  • 20 tonne sleds (Aalenner and Walch). These heavy traverse sleds are suitable for transporting living vans, generator/workshop vans, fuel and cargo. They are normally towed by traverse tractors (Caterpillar D5, D7 and Challenger 65).
  • 10 tonne sleds (Aalenner and Otaco). These lighter traverse sleds are suitable for transporting living vans, generator/workshop vans, fuel and cargo, and are generally towed by traverse tractors (Caterpillar D5, D7 and Challenger 65).
  • 5 tonne sleds (Smiths). These small traverse sleds are suitable for transporting fuel and general cargo. They are normally towed by Nodwell, D5 tractor, the Pioneer and in special circumstances, by the Hägglunds.
  • 2 tonne cargo sleds (Sheers) carry general cargo and small vans, and are towed by Hägglunds.
  • Quad and snowmobile sleds are suitable for towing small loads behind quads and skidoos.