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Monday, July 16, 2007

Pony Cart Adventures

Photo by Brian Fink

Took my pony cart for some extreme climbing on Sunday. Decided to strap 5 gallons of water (44 pounds) to the cart and pull her up La Tuna Canyon.

I am working hard to figure out the perfect way to pull a cart. Why? Because I want to do next year's Solo Badwater Ultramarathon self-supported, like Marshall Ulrich (see here). That means I would carry all my own water and food from the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere, Badwater in Death Valley, 282 feet below sea level, all the way to the summit of Mt. Whitney, highest peak in the contiguous USA at 14,496 feet. Total mileage over 140 miles.

I really enjoy pulling the cart. I have created a special harness that has suspenders over my shoulders and a girdle that hugs my hips. When this is fitted just right, it feels good, and pulling is easy for me. Keeping the arms free is key. Also, going up hill is made easier with a walking cane.

This cart opens up all kinds of interesting possibilities for running off-road in the desert.

BFT

Pony Cart Transport Vehicle

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5 Comments:

Blogger Pieter said...

Dude!!!

Monday, July 16, 2007

 
Blogger Josue said...

This is the kind of adventure that gives me butterflies in the stomach just to hear about it. I am excited to hear more about your training!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any more progress on the "Methode Naturale"? I'm very interested in the parkour movement & barefoot free running
Thanks

Saturday, July 21, 2007

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

By the way, I took it out the other day and towed 12.5 gallons without a problem.

It is much easier to pull on the road than on a mountain fire road.

BFT

Saturday, July 21, 2007

 
OpenID admyrrek said...

Hi!

I absolutely love hauling in the harness, and I was doing a google search for just that -- I am forever trying to find new harness designs and better hitch set-ups -- when I found your entry.

I am very interested in your harness and cart. From all that I can tell in your picture, your harness looks very thin in its strapping in many places. Is this the case or just the nature of the photo. Also, I see you connect the cart to your hip area; have you tried attaching higher to know which is better? Do the cart poles at your hips get in the way of your hands?

And about the cart; did you make it or alter a preexisting pony cart? If you did make it, what did you make it out of? What is it's weight? (how) did you work out suspension for smoother travel? and how much did it cost to construct?

I would be very interested in finding out more about how you did this, specifically about the cart and harness. I've found its very difficult to get any good, solid information on harnessed human hauling on the internet. It seems there is some sort of taboo against using oneself as ones own beast of burden. Go figure.

I'd appreciate any info you migh be able or willing to share. My email is admyrrek@aol.com. Thanks!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

 

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