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Paint Can Apparatus

Paint Can Apparatus

In the training portion of the blog I keep referring to the paint can apparatus and I thought I’d do a quick write up so people following would know what I’m talking about. The term “paint can” comes from when I used to own the climbing gym. I had built a training...

Low Ropes Course

Low Ropes Course

One of the first things I built when I bought the local climbing gym was a low ropes course. I was the director of the Orange County Challenge Course for about 4 years when it first opened and wanted to have something more to offer kids during our summer...

Mountaineers Axe and Ice Tools

Mountaineers Axe and Ice Tools

Several years ago I made a set of ice tools and a mountaineers axe, I can't recall when exactly but it was around 2006 or 2007. I was working at the shop that had the water jet. The shop I worked at used to make sand blasting cabinets for a local company that made...

Training Room

Training Room

The Grand Junction Climbing Center was one of the dungeon gyms of old. Built in 1996 by a couple of local climbers it was built in an old industrial building that used to be used by the rail road to work on train engines. This was how most gyms were built back then,...

Sub Enclosure

Sub Enclosure

When I was around 20, I started a small side business building custom speaker boxes for car audio for competitions. I mostly did work for friends and got paid in beer more often than money but it was fun and I learned a lot. I was obsessive about making...

Fire Pan

Fire Pan

For those that don’t run rivers a fire pan is a leave no trace way to have a campfire. It may be used in other places but many of the permitted rivers out west are requiring them as part of the required gear, even when there’s a fire ban. I’ve brought it with me on...

Rock City Sign

Rock City Sign

I learned to climb at Rock City in Anaheim Hills, California in 2001. I took a college class and after retaking the class a few times for the cheap membership I got hired on part time. I pretty much lived at the gym since it was close to where I worked and went to...

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

Craters of the Moon National Monument 43°14'00.5"N 113°29'36.6"W Randall Chapman | Dec 16th, 2018 | Travel   It’s been described as having the feel of walking on another planet and I can’t say I disagree. Designated as a National Monument in 1924 by President...

5150 Hooks

5150 Hooks

The 5150 hook is the latest piece of gear that I’ve been devloping. The idea came from the Alfifi and I would like to give credit to Skot Richards for coming up with a great idea and design. I think his hook design is great but when I looked at the picture of it, my...

Jeff’s Trailer Mod

Jeff’s Trailer Mod

You may remember my friend Jeff from episode 5 of the podcast. Back in May, I went over to his house and helped him modify his dog trailer adding an 8’ drawer. Jeff bought an old horse trailer and a slide in pop up camper and modified them to use as his...

Web Cam

Web Cam

In January of 2009 I went on to Rockclimbing.com to look up information on routes in the area. I stayed off the forums at that time for the most part because of all of the banter and bull shit that came along with the ability to anonymously post and in some cases...

Timpanogos Caves National Monument

Timpanogos Caves National Monument

Timpanogos Caves National Monument 40°26'20.4"N 111°42'31.5"W Randall Chapman | Oct 14th, 2018 | Travel   I met up with the Rock City Climbing Team for a week of climbing in American Fork Canyon over the summer and I have to say it was great to be climbing in AF...

Greater Spokane Area

Greater Spokane Area

Greater Spokane Area 47°39'35.8"N 117°25'08.4"W Randall Chapman | September 16th, 2018 | Travel   I prefer to be out in nature over a city most of the time, I moved from LA to Grand Junction CO to get away from city life back in 2005. I prefer to live out in the...

Old Mission State Park

Old Mission State Park

Old Mission State Park 47°32'58.1"N 116°21'33.3"W Randall Chapman | August 14th, 2018 | Travel   Growing up in Southern California, like every other 4th grader, I had to do a mission project to help learn about the Spanish Missions that were built throughout what...

Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site

Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site

Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site 44°17'52.9"N 107°32'30.5"W Randall Chapman | July 24th, 2018 | Travel   My fascination with rock art began just a few years ago when I started working on a hiking guidebook to the Grand Junction Area. I lived in GJ for...

Pompeys Pillar National Monument

Pompeys Pillar National Monument

Pompeys Pillar National Monument 45°59'44.7"N 108°00'16.9"W Randall Chapman | July 1st, 2018 | Travel The map of the US has changed many times over the years since its inception in 1776. It started with the 13 original Colonies and has expanded to meet both the...

Wagons Ho!

Wagons Ho!

Independence Rock 42°29'37.7"N 107°07'55.6"W Randall Chapman | June 22, 2018 | Travel   Along highway 220 in Wyoming on the route between Rawlins and Casper is a rest stop where weary travelers can get out and stretch their legs, use the restroom, get access to...

Swift Water Rescue 2018

Swift Water Rescue 2018

As an organization Team River Runner gives a lot to its vets and volunteers. 90% of all the money collected through donations and grants by TRR goes directly into programing that directly benefits Vets and the other 10% goes to administrative costs. That is the main...

Westwater 6/12/18-6/13/18

Westwater 6/12/18-6/13/18

In 2017 while running the Kern River in California at one of the highest levels it’s been in decades I wrapped my raft around a tree just above a class IV rapid. We were stuck for about an hour and a half before we were able to get the raft free, flipping it and...

Goblin Valley

Goblin Valley

Goblin Valley State Park 38°33'51.2"N 110°42'12.5"W Randall Chapman | June 10th 2018 | Travel Out in the middle of the Utah desert at the foot of the San Rafael Swell lies an ancient sea bed from 140 to 170 million years ago, during the Jurassic era. There was a...

Rocky Mountain High!!!

Rocky Mountain High!!!

Rocky Mountain High!!! 39°07'04.5"N 106°26'41.6"W Randall Chapman | June 3rd, 2018 | Travel   I lived in Colorado for 11 years before I went back to LA to work at my friends shop for a while. I wanted my first CO article to really represent Colorado. I thought...

Pipe Springs National Monument

Pipe Springs National Monument

Pipe Springs National Monument 36°51’46”N, 112°44’21”W Randall Chapman | May 24th, 2018 | Travel   A Brief History: Pipe Springs is a natural spring along Arizona strip that provides a water oasis in the middle of a seemingly desolate area. The sandstone north of...

Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

Escalante Petrified Forest 37°47'18.5"N 111°37'39.5"W Randall Chapman | April 29th 2018 | Travel In the hills above Escalante Utah, at an elevation around 6,000ft, lies a link to a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Here you can find a high concentration of exposed...

Electrical Part 4

Electrical Part 4

This is part four of my electrical system, for part one go here. In this I’m going to talk in more detail about my solar panels and how they were mounted. Once again this is for entertainment purposes only and is not intended to be instructional in anyway. If you...

Mojave National Preserve

Mojave National Preserve

Mojave National Preserve 35°06'38.7"N 115°30'05.0"W Randall Chapman | April 16th 2018 | Travel The Mojave National Preserve was made a National Preserve by the US Congress in Oct of 1994. Before this it was BLM land known as the East Mojave National Scenic Area. At...

Electrical Part 3

Electrical Part 3

This is part three of my electrical system, for part one go here. In this part I’m going to talk about the lighting and outlets as well as some changes that needed to be made to the main electrical. Once again this is for entertainment purposes only and is not...

Insulation and Trailer mods

Insulation and Trailer mods

Insulation and Paneling All of my frame work was done using 2”X2” I beam, to insulate the spaces in the I beam I took ¾” blue foam insulation and cut it into strips that fit in the gaps. I used spray foam in all the areas I couldn’t get the blue foam. I wanted to...

Electrical Part 2

Electrical Part 2

This is part two of my electrical system, for part one go here. In this I'm going to talk in more detail about the individual components, why they were chosen, and how they were made if I had to make them. Once again this is for entertainment purposes only and is not...

Electrical Part 1

Electrical Part 1

No off grid system would be complete without a proper solar set up. I don't plan on spending a lot of time at campgrounds with hook ups so I need solar to get power. I plan to make most of my money working from my lap top so I'll need to be able to power that, charge...

The General

The General

The General is Evolv’s newest trad shoe with a technical downturn for small edges. They have given it their Trax XE edging rubber that is a little denser than their other rubber giving it a little more dig on small edges and more stiffness providing more comfort when...

Black Dragon Canyon

Black Dragon Canyon

The Black Dragon Canyon is a steep walled canyon of beautiful Wingate Sandstone cut into the San Rafael Swell just off of Hwy 70 near Green River Utah. A pictograph of a dragon was painted onto the wall by the Freemont Indian that roamed these lands between 400CE and 1350CE. There…

Building a Trad Rack

Building a Trad Rack

Recently a friend asked me about building a trad rack and asked for advice on what to buy and what order to buy it if his budget only allows him to buy 2 cams per month. It was the way I built my rack 15+ years ago and if I had to rebuild my rack again this is...

Will it fit?

Will it fit?

With a new truck comes new modifications, the camper was custom made to fit on a first gen Tacoma, a mini truck, and I now need it to to fit on a full sized Chevy. Not a big deal but in my mind it does look a little funny now. I knew when I started looking for my new...

New (to me) Truck

New (to me) Truck

1999 Chevy Classic K3500 Club Cab Well, I just sold my Tacoma and bought a Chevy, one ton, 4X4. I am really happy with this truck so far. It has a few things I’ll have to get used to but for the most part I think it will suit my needs just fine. I always say, you...

Washing your Rope

Washing your Rope

Part of your general care for your rope should be a regular washing to get all the grime out. Dirt, sap, oil from your hands, aluminum from running over gear and just general over all grime can shorten the life of your rope. If you check the manufacture website for...

Pando

Pando

Fish Lake is a beautiful alpine lake sitting at an elevation of 8,848ft in the Fish Lake National Forest in central Utah. This lake provides recreational activities like scenic drives, mountain biking, snowmobiling, hiking, camping and OHV use, as well as elk hunting and trout fishing. It is also home…

TRR Training Camp 2017

TRR Training Camp 2017

Team River Runner is a national organization that works to promote health and healing for disabled veterans through paddle sports and other related activities. In the individual chapters we work with vets to teach them how to control their kayak in the pool or other...

Trailer

Trailer

I haven’t talked about my trailer yet but as it has become a critical part of my current trip I decided to do a quick write up on it. A couple of years ago I bought a 6’X8′ flat bed trailer from Tractor Supply and I’m in the process of modifying it to suit my needs. I...

Air Bags Suck!!!

Air Bags Suck!!!

I am currently on vacation for 5 weeks (unpaid) as I need to be back in CO for a series of events starting with a race that I have done for the past four years called the CB3P and ending with a weekend of paddling with Team River Runner at an event that I’m organizing...

Roof and Running Lights

Roof and Running Lights

Still working away, over the last few weeks I’ve been working really hard to get this thing done. Looking at the calendar I only have a little over a month to get what I can done before I have to be back in Colorado for a race. Since my last post I got a lot of little...

Skin

Skin

I’ve been busy as hell lately. Over the last two weeks I’ve worked several hours every night after work and both weekends on the camper. I managed to get the skin on both sides and the back as well as mount the windows. For skin I used FRP bought from Lowe’s. All of...

Fiberglass

Fiberglass

Over the years I have worked with fiberglass many times but this was the biggest job I have done yet. In my early 20s I was into building car stereo systems for competitions and I used fiberglass to reinforce sub woofer boxes or to build custom stereo or speaker...

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Nestled high in the White Mountain Range in California, elevation 9,800-11,000ft, lies the oldest known living non-clonal organisms in the world. The Bristlecone Pines are trees that have a unique ability to survive in harsh conditions and in less than ideal soil. The oldest of these trees does not have a name…

Sheeting

Sheeting

LA has been having an unusual amount of rainfall this winter, which is awesome for the area but sucks when you’re trying to sheet a camper with plywood. I started to sheet two weeks ago and had to pull everything back off because it rained for 7 days out of 10. At the...

The Frame

The Frame

So the idea of building a homemade camper came after I spent the weekend in Bishop CA over Thanksgiving with a low in the single digits. I originally planed on living out of my truck with a LEER topper towing a trailer with my raft, kayaks and the rest of my gear. I...

The Design

The Design

I’ve always been a builder so the decision to make a DIY camper was an easy one. For much of my life I have worked to hone my skills to be able to create and build whatever I could imagine using whatever medium needed. It mostly started with wood shop, lapidary and...

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