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Nick Smolinske (Smo) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Vicinity of the Grand Canyon
About Me I'm a desert rat dirtbag backpacker, who also happens to make bikepacking gear for a living.
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Easton Aluminum
Good idea Jerry . . .come to think of it, I have a piece of Easton that broke on me when I was bending it for a pack frame one time. I think it's probably long enough. I don't anticipate ...

In Make Your Own Gear » The 3 yard shelter challenge
November 24, 1:52pm

Cuben width
For some reason I thought cuben was 60" instead of 54". So yeah, that would be pretty tight. Oh well!

In Make Your Own Gear » The 3 yard shelter challenge
November 24, 12:22pm

Foot elevation
Thanks - glad you guys like the design. I'm hoping once I make it and get a trip report it'll inspire folks to make some 3 yard cuben shelters. There is one issue I haven't figured ...

In Make Your Own Gear » The 3 yard shelter challenge
November 24, 11:47am

The 3 yard shelter challenge
Inspired by Aaron's awesome ideas for a shelter that only requires 4 yards, I bought some graph paper and played around with some ideas on the Amtrak last night. I was curious whether I could ...

In Make Your Own Gear » The 3 yard shelter challenge
November 24, 10:41am

Ricoh GR Video
Since the OP was concerned with video quality, here's that Hermit Rapid Video I mentioned. Click the settings wheel and you should be able to watch it in 1080 HD.

In Photography » Compact wide angle big sensor?
November 23, 7:11pm

Poop shovel?
A pretty good list. But "poop shovel" should really be replaced with "sharp rock".

In On the Web » Section Hiker's website: You know you're a hiker when...
November 22, 8:55pm

Extra height
It occurs to me that for those who are tall or concerned about the extra height, it would be really easy to make this longer. You could, for example, buy 5 yards of fabric, move that diagonal line...

In Make Your Own Gear » What to do with 4 ounces of .51 Cuben...MYOG Tarp
November 22, 7:59am

Ricoh GR
I got a Ricoh GR recently and I'm in love with it . . . fantastic image quality, APS-C sensor and it's very compact (and light - 9 oz with battery and SD card). Also the user interface is ...

In Photography » Compact wide angle big sensor?
November 20, 2:40pm

Two-piece framesheet?
Missed this the first time around. Regarding suspension, I had an idea for a climbing pack that I never got around to making - maybe it'll happen in the future. I think it could work well f...

In Make Your Own Gear » Building a carry-on travel pack
November 18, 8:12am

Use the rope
This is why, if I'm multipitch climbing, I will always use the dynamic rope as my safety (just tie a clove hitch and clip it to a locker). Easier and safer than a dedicated safety. When rap...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Breaking Slings
November 13, 3:05pm

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