The “Shaman” sledge driving tips
So far as the sledge’s runners are relatively short, there is a “side effect” on a well-rolled or icy coating when braking - turning the sledge to the side of the foot that you apply the brake. The mechanics of this phenomenon are simple - removing the foot from the right ski, you transfer the body weight to left + brake, that is, shift the center of gravity to the left. And the braking point is in the middle of the sledge.
Because of this discrepancy - that the center of gravity is not on the braking line, there is a certain turning moment.
To minimize it, just step with your right foot on the left side of the platform, or vice versa - if you brake with your left foot - on the right side. This can be seen in the video "Turn at an acute angle", where I actually brake on ice. Get used to it is easy.
In the case of emergency hard braking, of course, all the body weight goes to the brake, press the middle and hold on tight.
If anyone is interested in how to avoid an obstacle standing inside the turn, not "tightly", and even at a comfortable distance, then I do it this way:
1. When the dogs leave the line to the right, I roll the sledge to the left and thanks to this the sledge does do not go right after the dogs, and a couple of meters continues to move in a straight line, "raking" to the desired turning point. The pull in my sledge is NOT attached by the nose, and therefore the dogs DO NOT instantly deploy it behind themselves, and do not knock on the pine tree. I can delay the turn time for some time and turn around without risking touching the snowdrifts, bushes and trees on the tangent. All of this is very clear on the video, for this it was shot.
2. Do not brake before turning. You will really want to brake out of habit, (or even jump off the sledge) so that it’s not so hard. But forget the “tram reflexes”. By applying the brake, you lose that useful inertia that will lead you to the desired turning point. And by pressing the brake, you increase the pull of the tow line, and as a result, its influence on the sledge, and now it stretches out after the dogs and you cut the corner along the potholes. Who swam, he understood me.
I hope I did not bored you with all sorts of tips? It will just be calmer for me now.
Sincerely, Karev Roman