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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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Topo Map Additions
I should add another addition to this, which is that when playing in the backcountry you can allow proper nouns from the area you're in, or any word that appears on the topo map. Especially fu...

In GEAR » Backcountry Bananagrams
January 24, 7:16pm

Backcountry Bananagrams
So I thought about posting this in MYOG, but I don't think it really makes the cut - I just looked up the bananagrams letter distribution online, bought 2 sets of scrabble pieces on Ebay, and c...

In GEAR » Backcountry Bananagrams
January 24, 11:54am

Re: Big Bend, Chiso Mountains
Great stuff! Makes me even more excited to make it out there in March.

In Post-Trip Reports » Big Bend, Chiso Mountains
January 21, 9:22pm

No extra gear for pillow
I don't have any extra stuff sacks for a pillow . . or extra clothes that I might not need at night. So I just carry an Exped. Doesn't weigh much more than a stuff sack anyway.

In Multiple Use Gear » Pillow
January 21, 7:18pm

Carne Seca
I second Stephen's recommendation for Carne Seca. I put it in my meals before I boil the water, so it has some time to rehydrate. Fatty, salty, and lots of protein - it's great stuff.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Something to add to pasta
January 21, 4:26pm

First batch done!
The first batch of 5 bags (plus one extra small bag) is complete! Shipping tomorrow. Tonight I'll start on the next batch. I'm super happy with the sale so far, I've had 15 orders ou...

In Gear Deals » 80 Days. 80 Framebags. 80 Dollars Each.
January 19, 4:34pm

That's a great quote about men insulting and women complementing. But I haven't found it to be true. Maybe I'm just good at finding the right people, but I went on three backpacking t...

In Philosophy & Technique » Why do male adventurers not take their female partners along?
January 19, 3:47am

Re: Re: Coastal Redwoods
No redwoods on the Lost Coast hike. Northern section is beach, headlands. South section is Poison Oak. Corrected that for you. ;) It's not *that* bad, but I was extremely cautious, broug...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Best redwoods trip? Taking my 13 year old on a father daughter jaunt
January 18, 7:05am

Re: Re: Re: Reusable plastic containers
Yeah, but in my experience, anything larger than a medium rat can chew through a plastic container. Roger, did you have rats chew through a container during a single night, or was it a cache? I...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cookie tins for desert food storage
January 15, 8:06am

Reusable plastic containers
If you're sleeping with your food, I've never had a problem using a plastic container. These would be lighter than a paint can (an empty gallon paint can weighs 12 oz), and possibly lighte...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cookie tins for desert food storage
January 14, 9:31pm

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