Climbing Backpack W/ Frame and Pattern





Introduction: Climbing Backpack W/ Frame and Pattern

Here is my first shot at making a DYI backpack project.

It can made from durable industry standard heavier materials (500D cordura or 840D Ballistic) on a home machine or very heavy duty materials on an industrial machine (1000D cordura or 1680D ballistic)

All the instruments (with build pictures), pattern and places to order materials from are on the pdf's below. I am trying to convert them to JPG's while keeping the scale the same and keeping them printable on a plotter.

Step 1: Get Info

Here are the general pages, these include the tools and materials and optional sewable padded shoulder straps.

update: you can and should now get the sternum slider-duel from quest for the sternum strap. Your sternum strap webbing and duel ajust slide release buckle should also be 1' to match the hardware.

Step 2: Here Are the Pattern Plates

The first two are the pattern. The 2nd two are a break down of the first plate in the instance that you can not print the first plate in Arch E

Step 3: Now the Instructions

here are the detailed instructions, complete with pictures.

Step 4: Instructions Continued

That is all. Have fun!



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    Great effort


    A good fun time starts with a few good instructions. a diy is a diy, not everything is easy, doing it for yourself is the goal, it's the challenge ...
    the philosophy of instructurables is that ... if you do not have what you need, you get or improvise, if you do not have pc, you get or borrow it, if you do not have the files separated, you get the program for unite them ... all for the purpose of having fun in the process .... that is in the anecdote of "that I could do it for myself". Thank you.

    This is a fantastic build, planning on making some personal size changes. I'm a big guy, 6' 5" and wide build. Would this work for me? If not what would I need to change to make it work


    22" is the tallest a lot of packs come, you could make it taller if when you measured your torso length, your torso length was taller than 22". As for width, you could increase the width to add volume, but aside from the width of your neck (which should not be a problem with this design), the over all width of the pack should work as well for you as for anyone else!

    Thanks ashx! This helps a lot. I'll be sure to post my finished product when it's done. Along with how it fits on me. Just so anyone my height will be able to see how it fits


    Oh, and for a better look at the padded shoulder straps, especially the angle of the base cut, check out the dyneema pack, you could potentially just make the dyneema packs shoulder straps longer and use those, they work better as far as free handing goes.

    This is a quality instructable. Thank you for putting so much time into this project, can readily follow all steps. Meant for someone who's actually going to make this.


    Thank you!

    This was originally going to be a dyi for the website, but it will prob get a different pack now.

    what did you think of the pack design it's self?

    I like the simplicity the most. Have been looking for a guide like this for a while for a laminate fabric pack I've been milling around in the noggin. The Cordura material you implemented looks like it would be a much better material choice for durability though. This has been a good springboard for the project. Really like the PDFs too, very convenient to print out and have on a workbench while you working out the details.

    Clear thought process, lots of pics, and room for deviation. That's a winner instructable in my book. : )

    P.S. I get that it was probably a limitation of the freemium Autodesk product you were using but would suggest in future guides you use an online tool such as this to merge PDF instruction pages into one like those found in Step 3.

    Thanks again!


    I will look into that program in blending pdf's as autocad does not even seem to do a good job converting things to jpeg...

    I am glad this helped as a springboard, if you are using the structure of the pack, an update I would add is if you wanted it to close like a patagonia spindrift collar, you could just continue the drawstring around the entire top, but getting a little shorter around the lid, it would make it sort of like a chalk bag.

    Another material I have been playing with a lot is 840 ballistic (photos below). I made a couple of packs out of it and it is a great material if you are making a 2 layer ballistic bottom, or even a 2 layer ballistic/lighter material bottom with potentially a dyneema gridstop top (I just discovered how awesome this material looks, though weight wise, it is not that large of a change if used in small bits: 4.8oz a yard as opposed to 8oz a yard)

    I may do an 840 ballistic/dyneema pack industructable in the future, largly because it would look amazing.

    I really look forward to seeing what your pack looks like!


    One question, can one use waxed canvas instead of the materials specified?