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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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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

Z poles
Do you need your poles to be adjustable, or just collapsible? I recently got a set of Locus Gear CP3's, which I love - but then I was gifted a set of Black Diamond ultra distance Z-poles, and ...

In GEAR » Trekking pole recommendations
November 13, 8:57am

Toothpaste hijack
I think this thread is getting hijacked by toothpaste, predictably. Let's turn it back on track. To emphasize this, I will not post my strong opinions on the toothpaste conundrum. Instead,...

In Philosophy & Technique » Super-Awesome TIP OF THE DAY!!! (warning, thread may be too awesome for some viewers)
November 13, 8:53am

Pattern material
Jerry - the star pattern is made out of a cereal box - my favorite pattern source for small patterns. At some point I'll switch to 1/4" plywood for my most commonly used patterns - that...

In Make Your Own Gear » Sewing timelapse
November 12, 9:23pm

"What is this? Think you might be on the wrong site..." But how much does the painting *weigh*, Paul?

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Real copy, or fake original....
November 12, 6:18pm

Hipbelt Camera Case
So I finally got a decent camera again - a Ricoh GR. When I've taken it on a few more trips I'll post a review on the photography forum, but basically, it's made photography fun for me...

In Make Your Own Gear » Hipbelt Camera Case
November 08, 2:09am

My two cents
So this has all been said before, but I'll try to get it into two easy paragraphs: Static ropes are better for rappelling. Less stretch and they are more durable. However, you should NOT, ...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » rope recommendations
November 08, 1:48am

The rappel
Dan: The rappel is simple to setup, but I would advise an autoblock for the first person to descend, and a fireman's belay for everybody else. The waterfall is quite slippery. I enjoyed the l...

In Pre-Trip Planning » "The Jug" Arizona
November 07, 11:12pm

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