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Nick Smolinske (Smo) - BPL Guest

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.
CityFlagstaff
StateAZ
My Website URLhttp://www.roguepanda.com

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Halfway there!
Kevin, thanks for the action shot - I don't have nearly enough of those. As of yesterday afternoon I'm halfway through the sale - 40 bags have been ordered. Out of those 40, 23 have b...

In Gear Deals » 80 Days. 80 Framebags. 80 Dollars Each.
February 05, 2:31pm

Anker Universal Charger
The old PowerGen charger that was out of stock on Amazon in a previous post is back on, under the brand Anker. I own the PowerGen version and it's great - I don't know about the Anker one ...

In Photography » charging camera batteries via USB
February 04, 5:08pm

Re: North Rim Grand Canyon
The North Rim will be closed, but if it continues to be a light snow year you could drive out to Toroweap/Tuweep, so consider that as an option. It might be worth it even just to camp out on the r...

In Pre-Trip Planning » A week in February? Death Valley bikepacking? Western US park loop? Elsewhere? Cheap gas!
January 30, 8:30am

Western Zion
If you go to Zion, look into the Coalpits Wash area - it can be really nice in February and has some great views of the western temples of the park. I think I did two leisurely nights there, there...

In Pre-Trip Planning » A week in February? Death Valley bikepacking? Western US park loop? Elsewhere? Cheap gas!
January 28, 10:58pm

Question of the Day
When I worked for a conservation corps we would do questions of the day every morning while we stretched. One time I asked "Who would you like to meet on the trail today?". I said my gr...

In Philosophy & Technique » "Dude we're going on a hike someday list."
January 28, 10:46pm

Industrial settings
I would imagine that if I were making shoulder straps in an industrial setting I would either cut my 3d mesh pieces to just the right length so that they stretch to the correct length, or I would s...

In Make Your Own Gear » sewing two materials w/ differing stretch characteristics
January 28, 10:41pm

Pins
I dislike using pins and try to avoid them whenever possible . . but this is a case where they can come in handy. You could try pinning every 2-3 inches. Another thing to do is to pay attention...

In Make Your Own Gear » sewing two materials w/ differing stretch characteristics
January 27, 8:59pm

Sternum Strap
I got the idea from somebody here to put your trekking poles through your shoulder straps, then clip your sternum strap through the trekking pole loops. I don't recall who posted it, but it...

In Make Your Own Gear » osprey pack owners need help
January 27, 2:35pm

Sapphire
Ralph has a good trip report there. I did the gems a year ago and attempted most of the canyons with a 60 foot rope and a handline (fixing them and jugging/climbing back up). If I hadn't gott...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Grand Canyon
January 26, 8:09am

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

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