OD lumbar pack for MOLLE I waistbelt and V strap adapters

Built a large lumbar pack for the 1st generation MOLLE (MOLLE I) ruck waistbelt; as the belt is quite sturdy and has attachments which allows the user to attach an ALICE buttpack to it. Materials; 1000D Cordura Nylon in Tactical Tailor Olive Green; 1″ Nylon webbing in OD #7, ITW-Nexus hardware. Approximately 740 cubic inches, a little over 12 liters.

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The large MOLLE Lumbar pack on the 1st gen MOLLE belt

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Side view

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Upper view

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Shown with 1980s ALICE OD butt pack, and 1990s-2000s ALICE/MOLLE butt pack (really is ALICE but were issued with the 1st gen MOLLE items)

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Close up of the top 1.5″ triglide mounts to stabilize the lumbar pack to the 1.5″ webbing

I also made a set of V strap adapters to interface with Tactical Tailor’s padded MAV harness; and to enable users to attach to the 1st gen MOLLE waist belts, of both types

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Shown attached to the MOLLE I Ruck waist belt; You can see how the waist belt has the hardware for the ALICE butt pack, with metal loops for the woodland butt pack’s lashing straps.

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On a standard 3 piece MOLLE I utility belt; they are commonly found either missing the 1.5″ vertical webbing, or with a different belt attached (either SPEAR ELCS or MOLLE II). The outboard sleeves are nearly identical to the SPEAR ELCS H harness pieces, only they have 3 metal rectangle loops to connect the 1st generation vest panels.

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Close up of the adapter. I used ITW-Nexus’ Strap dividers for 1.5″ webbing, 1.5″ webbing tapered to points, and sewn to 1″ webbing.

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Close up of the lower ends of the V straps, using 1″ Tri-glides and utilizing 3 of the waist belt’s metal loops (There are a total of 12; 6 per side, for adjusting where the vest panels go)

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Pouch/pack attached, 2x Combat Medic Vest system triple ammo pouches, 2x canteen covers, 2x Tactical Tailor Large utility pouches, 1x Tactical Tailor Zippered medic pouch, and the lumbar pack.

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Showing the gap between the pouches for the 1″ webbing to go through.

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Upper view with belt standing up

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On Utility belt; with all 3 sections adjusted smallest possible; from outboard to center; 2x Grenade pouches, 2x CMVS triple ammo pouches, 2x Canteen pouches, 1x SAW 100rd pouch with old  ALCIE?M1967 Jungle First Aid Kit’s plastic box insert.  This set up is very similar to the ELCS H Harness, or Eagle DFLCS H harness, or any of the older PLCE/H-Harness rigs offered by Eagle, London Bridge Trading Company, Blackhawk! Industries, and British Tactical.

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Olive Green plate carrier

Made a modular plate carrier in 1000D Olive Green; the green is a very close match to Tactical Tailor’s OD green.

Specs;

1000D Cordura Nylon, Olive Drab

Mil spec webbing, 1″, a shade of green

mil spec webbing, 2 1/4″, USGI green with red line

fits 10″x13″ Medium SAPI Plates

Approx 28″ front width, 10″ rear width, 18 slots, and 6 rows maximum height on front, 6 columns and 6 rows on rear

compatible with ALICE and MOLLE gear

Sized to fit up to 3xl men, smallest it can go down is around 38 inches circumference

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Front of plate carrier with wings

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Back plate bag

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Inside of back plate bag

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Inside of front plate rig

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Tactical Tailor OD X harness against plate carrier.

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Plate pocket flap detail; reinforced with 1.75″ webbing and using Line 24 snaps, this is the front plate bag flap

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Back plate bag flap, I changed positioning of the reinforcement to behind the fabric on the male ends.

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Shoulder strap padding; not totally happy with how they came out

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Showing plate thickness and plate bag side stitching, front plate bag

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rear plate bag with plate in, again showing side seam/stitching details

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Set up for AR15 with Tactical Tailor pouches, USGI holster,  magazine pouches and compass pocket, and London BRidge Trading triple pistol ALICE pouch

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Modeled by my lovely wife-to-be, front

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Side showing Tactical Tailor medic pouch

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Back, showing at the smallest, being oversize for her.

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Last, all ALICE pouches, and strobe pocket on left shoulder pad.

 

Vintage Bicycles and Sisters, OR overnighter!

Picked up these two bicycles; a 1973 Schwinn Suburban ladies bike and a 70s Murray 3 speed bicycle, and went on an overnighter in Sisters, Oregon with the Other 🙂

First up; pics of the Sisters trip; I had forgotten to pack her hammock, so with the extra blankets and such I have, we made a ground sleeping system and the ground isnt hard due to a layer of forest duff; I asked her which she wanted to use, she immediately said the ground with the USGI bivy bag.

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view of area, facing the morning sun

DSCN2001the camp site; no rain that night, and super clear night..so bright I had to use a hunting/concealment poncho as a light break to sleep better. Hammock under pad works great in lows of 60s…

DSCN2002old burnt tree, with a new tree next to it

DSCN2003another view of a different part of Deschutes National Forest.

 

And here’s the 1973 Schwinn Suburban ladies bike; 5 speed GT100 rear derailleur, Schwinn rack which used to be a baby carrier, I removed the seat back and foot peg

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DSCN2005Original schwinn rack

DSCN2006Schwinn Chicago headbadge

DSCN2011Original Schwinn Approved seat

DSCN2009Schwinn Approved Shimano GT100 rear derailleur

DSCN2008Dat funky cloverleaf chain ring

DSCN2007Schwinn Approved grips; original to the bike; not commonly found on these things presumably due to being hard or uncomfortable

DSCN2012Weinmann Brakes and cut down front fender

It originally had a WALD 535 twin basket rack, which I put onto the Murray Monterey 3 speed bike for my own use 🙂

DSCN1976Murray without rack; handlebar is the only badly rusted part on the whole bike, bought it at a church rummage sale for $5!

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DSCN2013With the WALD 535 Twin Basket rack mounted; the rack used to be mounted to the Ladies Schwinn via an U bolt, I went to Home Depot and found another U bolt with the right size base plate, and used that base plate to mount the rack to the seat stays.

DSCN2015other side, view of the large rack; I can put my laptop bag in there, with room to spare!

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DSCN2016Shimano 333 internal gear hub thumb shifter

DSCN1979Shimano 333 hub with shift cable mount system

DSCN1980Murray head badge metallic decal

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Murray metallic decal denoting 3 speed

DSCN1977Monterey script, I think it is actually painted, or it could be printed…not sure….no real sign of decal edges.

Well there you have it! I got a new rim tape to the front tire of the Murray, and the tubes aren’t leaking at the moment, though I have spare tubes just in case…. so far, I have only $5.98 total put into  BOTH bicycles….. The Schwinn ladies was given to me for free from a family friend..it was grungy and dirty….the Murray was also grungy and dirty, with flat tires and torn rim tape on the front wheel….I spent around 4 hours or so just cleaning the rust off best I can and washing and waxing the frames….and lubing, oiling what needs oiling, adjusting what needed adjusting and airing them up….they both ride pretty good.

Redid my hammock shelter into a minimalist tarp!

SO like the previous post said, my attempt failed at an integrated hammock shelter/bug shelter/ under cover…….

so I took it all apart, and did a few sketches and made a plan; Bat-Wing Tarp designIts based off of Hammock Forums’ member Gargoyle’s Ogee Tarp; and built using just the 55″x144″ material I have on hand;

it is now a very light, compact tarp, I will need to redo my hammock suspension so that I can put the tarp closer to the body of the hammock..

Bat-Wing Tarp Design 1the tarp over my hammock, it looks like a bat wing doesn’t it!?Bat-Wing Tarp Design 2angled view of the tarp

Bat-Wing Tarp Design 3head on view of the tarp, yes it is narrow, and that is the door/beak corner system

Bat-Wing Tarp Design 4 Close Upclose up of the triangle parts, I have an extra tie out there in case I want to do a tent pole spreader mod so that it opens up more on the inside.

Bat-Wing Tarp and Hammock  belt kitthe whole system; I now need to figure out the stakes/guy line situation as to how to pack them without getting the hammock dirty..,might use an USGI M16 cleaning kit pouch? the pouch on the far right holds my tarp, yes that is right, it packs down ridiculously small! the SAW ammo pouch holds the hammock, and the other small pouch holds the suspension parts, these two small pouches were my prototypes for the SKS ammo clip pouches.

 

ALICE pack and MOLLE straps on Civilian frame

Well looks like a fellow forumite from Bushcraft USA forums asked for pics and details of mounting an Medium ALICE pack to the wider, taller civilian Academy Broadway frame…along with MOLLE shoulder straps… MOLLE waist belt is not good on this frame though. But the current OEM belt it has is good..had to shorten it a bit due to overestimating my size LOL

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DSCN1768detail of pack’s upper mount using short straps to tri glide, also using original shoulder straps

DSCN1769detail of lower pack mount

DSCN1770MOLLE straps onto the frame; you can see where the center wide strap wraps around the lower middle bar

DSCN1771threaded the modified lower straps to the FASTEX buckles

DSCN1772detail of upper MOLLE shoulder strap side mounts, can move an inch up or down..

DSCN1773Detail of load lifter strap and old ALICE buckle mounting to the short pack mount straps; it does not do much to have the load lifter there, but the pack frame does not have stops for the top bar to prevent load lifter straps from sliding onto the vertical bars.

 

SO.. there you have it, Medium ALICE pack mounted to an External frame pack, and yes there is a lot of room up top to mount whatever you want to mount……

Hammock Shelter/Bivy and tarp group shelters, Vintage hiking pack

 

SO I scored a vintage Academy Broadway Jasper hiking pack from a thrift store for cheap, and modified the straps and belt to better fit me…. It is pretty useful, and very roomy..more room than the ALICE Medium packs I own. I loaded it up and put on my MSS bag with the ECW Intermediate bag and Hammock Underquilt on the bottom, there is still room in main compartment for food and such, small pockets hold fire starting kit and folding stove, along with straps and cordage. Pictures are of the pack with the Coleman PEAK 1 and the ALICE medium for comparison. DSCN1724 DSCN1725 DSCN1726 DSCN1727 DSCN1728 DSCN1731 DSCN1732 DSCN1733 DSCN1734

 

Below is my group shelter, with a 12×9 tarp as main panel, and 3 9×7 tarps as floor and side panels, it is roomy and can accommodate up to 6 people, probably more comfortable for 4. ideally, it would be split into 4 packs for 4 people, so as not to overburden one person with all 4 tarps. DSCN1748 DSCN1749And here is the 12×9 tarp as a hammock shelter; pitched A frame with porch, and with a 9×7 tarp on ground (folded lengthwise) as ground sheet.

DSCN1723And here is another shelter, a duck hunter camo bivy, at first I didn’t know how it was really supposed to set up, until I set it up the way that it was originally set up and noticed that one edge was supposed to be sewn to another edge, so I added a 70″ zipper to that edge to enable it to become a hammock shelter as well as a bivy shelter. it is 8 ft long on the top portion, just shy of 6 feet on the width of the top, and 6 ft long on the bottom, and same width as the top. Below are the first set up pictures, you can see the open edge and the 3 corner grommets that puzzled me until I added the zipper to it.

DSCN1750 DSCN1751 DSCN1752 DSCN1753Sewn zipper to the open edge, and set it up, turns out the grommets on the corners were so that it could become doors, and thus the lines existence became clearly for tying them into doors.

DSCN1757 DSCN1758and I set it up as a hammock shelter, which is the reason for the zipper to be where it is, and it is very much a minimal coverage shelter on the ends, I may add two triangle pieces of Coyote Brown material to the ends, so that I can have more overhead coverage.

DSCN1759 DSCN1760 DSCN1761I haven’t spent a night in the hammock yet, and I will be doing some adjustment to the ridge lines of both the shelter and the hammock structural ridge line.

Hope you guys enjoyed this post! 🙂