I am going to move forward with this project. I have a spare Prairie belt now, and most of the materials I will need minus the aluminum pack stay bars. I have sent an email to Harper Design Works, and if I can obtain the bars from them, I am ready to start sewing.
I have just finished my first prototype of a PALS water bladder pocket, and I am going to be making a few more improved prototypes before I post it up on the forums. Then, my next project is this belt/pack merger. Well, actually, I am going to be making more of my hammock kit bags first, then the pack project. If I am lucky enough to draw one of the elk tags I've put in for, then this project will be complete by September 1. If I don't have an elk tag in my pocket, I am going to spend my free time this summer hiking with other (HPG) packs, and I will work on this as time permits. Details to follow soon-