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Portaledge Part 2

Portaledge Part 2

This is part two of this series, for part one go here. Once I picked this project up again and started putting it all together it took me about a month and a half to get it to where I could sleep on it. I had a couple of learning curve moments but everything came...

Portaledge Part 1

Portaledge Part 1

First Ledge: I started putting together my first portaledge several years ago. It was long enough ago that I don’t really remember exactly when but the pictures I have say they were created in April of 09, I'm pretty sure I took them a while after it was built. I was...

Dry Boxes

Dry Boxes

If I had to choose between the river and climbing, I don’t think I could. From time to time one becomes more important to me and I focus more energy on one than the other but that flips all the time. I’ve been climbing longer but since I started kayaking in 2009, I’ve...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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