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John Mac

Trad climber
Littleton, CO
Dec 10, 2010 - 02:49pm PT
Luke, your stuff looks great!

Are you going to have a website for online sales?

Hopefully I can buy some items off you when my job settles down. 40 percent layoff the last few weeks.

Cheers

John

Luke Malatesta

Big Wall climber
Moab UT
Dec 10, 2010 - 05:01pm PT
I am going to have it up soon. I think it will be a good winter project.

Thanks,

Luke
Balls MaGee

climber
Dec 10, 2010 - 09:01pm PT
Luke Malatesta makes some really killer stuff. i believe he's out of UT. he's currently trying to start a business with his skill. he makes everything from portaledges and flys to bolt bags and custom stuff. check him out.
Credit: Balls MaGee
Credit: Balls MaGee
Credit: Balls MaGee

EDIT: ok, he's already posted these items. sorry for the redundancy, but a BIG bump for him anyway
gf

climber
Mar 28, 2011 - 12:39am PT
hey rock-good on ya
luke -pm me if you see this -most interested in what you are up to
OlympicMtnBoy

climber
Seattle
Mar 28, 2011 - 01:07am PT
Re: Jerry
My home machine makes a nice zigzag stitch that if you make em close together an run a straight stitch through at the end is basically the same thing as a bar tack. It doesn't take long to do, I used those for all the potential load bearing points on my wall bags, three of them in some places. It's probably way less a real computerized bar tacker but I've tested them with body weight to see how few stitches I can get away with and I'd guess three of my fake bartack are at least 6-8 KN (+/- 6). ;-)
- OMB
Moof

Big Wall climber
Orygun
Mar 28, 2011 - 01:42am PT
Credit: Moof

One night stand, for dogs...
One night stand, for dogs...
Credit: Moof

redone Ural Alp russian aiders
redone Ural Alp russian aiders
Credit: Moof

Not Ural Alp russian aiders
Not Ural Alp russian aiders
Credit: Moof

Ledge haul sack
Ledge haul sack
Credit: Moof

Aid trees with gear organizing widget in background
Aid trees with gear organizing widget in background
Credit: Moof
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Mar 28, 2011 - 02:14pm PT

Either that's one BIG DOG, or it's a small ledge, moof!!!!!
mooch

Trad climber
Old Climbers' Home (Adopted)
Mar 28, 2011 - 03:33pm PT
Props Mucci.
wallyvirginia

Big Wall climber
Stockholm, Sweden
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 5, 2011 - 04:22am PT
BUMP for big wall DIY


Spring has finally reached us up here in the Stockholm area of Sweden, there's only a little snow left and big wall training season has begun!

We slept in the portaledge this weekend, on a small rockface half way out in the archipelago.. We were a little late so conditions were rough on us. Basically pitch black and lots of heavy fog when we finally started setting up the bivy.

Excellent practice, I suppose! =)

The backpack/camelback/gearsling seem to work just fine. I had to shorten the straps a little bit, because the gear was hanging a little low. Other than that - Perfect!

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Rocman

Trad climber
Reno,NV
Apr 22, 2011 - 11:16am PT
Plastic shipping containors[ olive] make a great haul drum,with sewn or knots on harness,plywood portaledge,5/8 thick riged with webing are good for your first wall,BlackDimond prymid works as rainfly both on and off the wall,knoted aiders adjust well for us taller people who are outside manurfacture spic. 5 gal w/ lid,web tie off for storage of fruit,bread,candys attached to bottom of hauldrum, webbing taped to sunglasses [crockies] all can be collected at little or no cost[craiglist]Delis,foodstores,construction sites[ask first]I ve always got buckets at Delis,free so if Big Walls are not to your likeing,your not out big $$
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Feb 6, 2012 - 12:57am PT
Has anyone thought of making haulbags out of TPO cool roof fabric? I just had my roof redone with the stuff when I installed solar panels. It seems like the material could be way less expensive and easier to come by than urethane. And no stitching required: the seams can all be heat welded. Thoughts?

TPO material on my roof
TPO material on my roof
Credit: Chris McNamara

Close up of the TPO material. Feels just as burly as the urethane on Y...
Close up of the TPO material. Feels just as burly as the urethane on Yates haulbags or Durethane on Metolius Haul Bags.
Credit: Chris McNamara
Jonnnyyyzzz

Trad climber
San Diego,CA
Feb 6, 2012 - 08:24am PT
Here just some of the soft gear I've built. I've done more climbing stuff like Gear Slings, chalk bag, Bivi sack, some more haul bags and crag packs, ect, but haven't taken any pictures to post. I'm working on a ledge now. I have done lots of non climbing stuff as well. It's cool to build this kind of stuff. You get stuff the way you want it with the materials, sizes, and features that you couldn't get any other way and I've found that the stuff I've been making is nicer, just as strong or stronger, and way, way, way less money So go get a really nice sewing machine start learning to use it. Take a sewing class It will pay for it's self in no time.
Med and Large Hall bags
Med and Large Hall bags
Credit: Jonnnyyyzzz
Removable straps tuck away like the A5 bags. padded back panel.
Removable straps tuck away like the A5 bags. padded back panel.
Credit: Jonnnyyyzzz
Adders with 2 inch wide webbing for steps &#40;adds comfort&#41;  and ...
Adders with 2 inch wide webbing for steps (adds comfort) and they collapse up to the handels that unroll to wrap them up in and keep out of the way.
Credit: Jonnnyyyzzz
Credit: Jonnnyyyzzz
Adjustable Dazy's
Adjustable Dazy's
Credit: Jonnnyyyzzz
Hammer holster with snap keeper
Hammer holster with snap keeper
Credit: Jonnnyyyzzz
Credit: Jonnnyyyzzz
Credit: Jonnnyyyzzz
Bouldering Chalk bucket monster
Bouldering Chalk bucket monster
Credit: Jonnnyyyzzz
GuapoVino

Trad climber
All Up In Here
Feb 7, 2012 - 02:26pm PT
Awesome work, great looking gear. I used to make a lot of my own gear on my Juki DNU-241 sewing machine - backpacks, tents, bivy sacks.

The roof membranes are pretty similar to some of the materials that are used to make rafts. Several years ago I built a one-man cat-a-raft out of PVC coated nylon, the same material that Seal Line drybags are made out of. I glued it together with a glue called HH-66. It was a royal pain in the ass to get those curving cone shapes to lay right on the ends and not look like crap (and hold air). I did a lot of exploring in that home built raft. I can post pics if anyone is interested. Of course if you're making something like a haul bag out of roof membrane type material and it doesn't have to be completely waterproof you can just sew it, assuming you have a beast of a sewing machine.

I built a fiberglass sea kayak and a kevlar canoe also. Epoxy is pretty cool to work with.
jfailing

Trad climber
Lone Pine
Feb 7, 2012 - 03:01pm PT
Very cool stuff everyone!

I already posted this on another thread, but oh well... Myles in Lone Pine has been making tons of gear. Here are some pics of the mods he made for the fly on my Fish ledge.

I'm sure he'd post some pics, but he's probably freezing his ass off up on Keeler Needle right now...

The yellow pole meets with another smaller black pole which connects t...
The yellow pole meets with another smaller black pole which connects to just below the ledge clip-in.
Credit: jfailing

Credit: jfailing

BCB Custom Ledge Fly
BCB Custom Ledge Fly
Credit: jfailing
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