A moment with Jack Beckstrom on building sleds

by Sleddoggin Staff on October 26, 2011

E-mail adanac@adanacsleds.com, call 406-881-2909, visit us on facebook.com, and visit our website at www.adanacsleds.com.  Pam and I are pleased to continue to offer quality, affordable products with personal, individual service from our one-stop online mushing store!

What inspired you to start building sleds and equipment?

When I starting running sprint races, I became acquainted with Mel and Lee Fishback mushers and authors fromCalifornia.  Mel wrote numerous articles about training dogs, Lee was a sprint racer and sled builder, and Mel made ZIMA x-back harnesses (the original x-back harness we still make).

Lee Fishback passed away unexpectedly and Mel tried to run their harness and sled business.  She offered me an opportunity to purchase the sled-making business and she continued making harnesses and other products.  When I purchased the sled business, Lee made only one style of sled..  I currently make 22 types of sleds and add new designs each year.  Shortly after taking over the sled-making business, Mel sold us the harness business and we have been Adanac Sleds & Equipment ever since, selling everything you need for running sled dogs.

Our 40 page catalog and website have expanded greatly from Mel’s two-page catalog.   We keep current with the needs of our customers and love to hear from them.

Jack Beckstrom

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