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Nick Smolinske (Smo) - BPL Forum Member

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About Me I'm a dirtbag desert backpacker, who also happens to make bikepacking gear for a living.
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Great writeup, and an inspired route! I would love to see a map of where you went.

In Post-Trip Reports » Canyonlands NP multi district tour
May 16, 6:23pm

In regards to the trowel . . . I just want to say that I have spent a couple hundred nights in the backcountry, and several hundred more at primitive car camping sites. I have never encountered te...

In Gear Lists » Gear List -- Grand Canyon May 2015
May 16, 6:05pm

+1 for Weld
Weld contact cement is great and you can get it at your local hardware store. I've also made CCF cozies out of the standard blue foam and two years later it's holding up really well still.

In Make Your Own Gear » Glueing two pieces of blue CCF together
May 15, 1:38pm

That looks incredible! Furthers my resolve to make it the Mee/Knowles area sometime soon. How many miles of packrafting in total?

In Post-Trip Reports » Mee Canyon to Westwater, Black Canyons Wilderness (Backpack to Packraft)
May 09, 9:09pm

La Sportiva Boulder X
Everyone's feet are different. But I've had great luck with the La Sportiva Boulder X approach shoes for off-trail Grand Canyon hiking (i.e. technical terrain and water carries). The sole...

In GEAR » Suggest a lightweight shoe for heavy loads and lots of Water+ technical terrain? Raptors, Salomon X Ultra ?
May 03, 9:01am

Caloric Equivalency
I think there's a pretty simple (although hard to actually calculate) equation for this - if you're in a survival situation where a fire is a good idea, you are potentially losing calories ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Coconut oil as a firestarter
April 27, 9:05am

In regards to speed, you can get servo motors with pretty much any industrial machine, and I highly recommend them for a number of reasons. Among those is that there's a dial on the motor cont...

In Make Your Own Gear » Needle feed - worth it for UL fabrics?
April 23, 4:07pm

Re: Re: Great work! But...
"Dimension Polyant's Newest Pack fabric! Light, durable, flexible and waterproof . This X-Pacâ„¢ uses the same 210d face fabric as the VX21, but has a low-friction, thicker .5mil polyester...

In Make Your Own Gear » Wood Frame Pack
April 19, 8:42am

Great work! But...
So first off, great pack, and I love the wood frame idea. If your sewing is bomber and strong, who cares how it looks? Now on to the bad news . . . the shiny side of VX-21 RC should be on the i...

In Make Your Own Gear » Wood Frame Pack
April 18, 7:50pm

Re: Franken Deuter-Exped Lightning 60
Nice job! Thanks for the tip about the titanium rotary cutter blades - I didn't know they made those. I can confirm that D40 will dull a normal rotary cutter blade in just a couple of cuts. ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Pack Fabric Selection
April 14, 11:44pm

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