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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    19 Discussions

    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

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    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.

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    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!


    Yes, you could use waxed canvas on either of the patterns posted, though to get the durability and and breaking strength of 500D cordura (around 400 to 500 pounds), you would have to use a thicker canvas and may need an industrial machine for it.

    Also, coated cordura is pretty water repellent, even un-coated cordura (the coating prevents it from leaching through if it gets soaked) will bead water off of the surface in light to moderate rain.

    It would be much, much better if you actually put the instructions into the text, along with photos of you making the pack.

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    I made the instruction booklet as a stand alone for a different site and it has a bunch of helpful leaders with txt and detailed info.

    It basicly reads (I hope) in a way that is very like this site. Though pulling it apart and reformatting it to, specifically, fit the site would have taken a couple of hours and felt unnecessary.

    That being said, I did strongly consider it before publishing, for the reason of uniformity.

    I think that your future readers would appreciate the effort - it may be a couple of hours, but the project will be here for years to come, and visited for all that time (some of my projects draw daily views even after several years, and I am sure the same is true for others').

    is it a uniformity thing or did you feel the pdf instructions did not work well for you?

    Firstly, it's a lot easier to decide if the project is "for me" if I can see it presented in front of me, without having to download twenty different files.

    Secondly, the many mobile-device browsers will find it very hard to access you work in this format.

    Finally, going back to downloads, as a pro member I can download an entire instructable as a single PDF document with just a couple of clicks. To download your instructions, in twenty separate files, would take twenty times the effort, which will put a lot of readers off even opening it, and almost everybody off sharing it via social media (which is where a lot of views come from).

    (This isn't about making you conform to the site, it's about helping you get as much positive traffic to your project as possible.)

    Makes sense.

    On mobile users: If you are going to use the pattern to make the project, you need to access a computer or at least a plotter to print the pattern, so you can't do it entirely mobile anyway.

    I am looking to convert the pdf files into jpeg files as a starting point. that way you can see the instructions in place of having to download each individual plate.

    I also have to figure out how to do leaders on the indestructibles page, a huge portion of the instructions are to sew a specific spot in a specific way so an arrow is much more informative than a paragraph of words.

    all that you said makes sense though and I am looking at implementing it if not in this project, then in future projects.

    I wasn't suggesting that people would be expecting to follow the project from their phone, but an increasing proportion of members do that - in the UK, around 60% of web users work purely on smart devices, not laptops or PCs. With mobile users, you're losing the immediate interest - they see a list of files to download, no interesting pictures, and by the time they get to a traditional computer they have forgotten about your project and looked alsewhere.

    Do you not have the original files with text etc that can be copy-pasted into this document? That makes a big difference, work-wise. Maybe you're wise to leave this one as it is, and work differently in future.

    You can still add arrows etc to images, either with your preferred image editor before you upload them, or with Pixlr as you write the instructable.