Saturday Snippets: 24.June.2017

Gosh, the last weekend of June! How did this month go by so quickly? Here’s a few things that caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 24.June.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

I was on vacation this past week, and we really seemed to cram in a lot of work!

Kitchen Galley:

  • We filled all the holes and grooves with West System 105 epoxy (+ 205 Hardener) and covered any areas we thought would be affected by the under-mounted sink. I’ve never worked with epoxy before, so started on the underside of the counter, where I could make mistakes, knowing they would never be seen ๐Ÿ™‚
  • When you see the big blobs of amber-coloured epoxy all over the wood, I must admit, I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. Would that amber colour remain? Would you see remnants of the epoxy on the wood? But it turns out the epoxy sands smooth very easily, so we ended up without any overspill on the filling.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - epoxy on butcherblock counter

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - epoxy on butcherblock counter

More CNC-ing:

  • We’ve CNC’d, stained and installed the back and sides of the kitchen counter. Do you like our ventilation holes?!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - galley design

Sewing:

  • We wanted to make use of the 8020 grooves to hang curtains. We bought a strip of nylon glider, which fits into the grooves and cut some into small pieces, then screwed in a small hook into the centre. These act as runners along the length of the 8020!
  • I had a bit of fabric lying around the house, so sewed up a version of what we thought we might want, just to see if the runners would work. They totally do! So now the โ€œrealโ€ curtains can be made, once I figure out a colour scheme.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - hanging curtains

Pictures from the week of 24.June.2017:

The Dragonboat Festival is on this weekend. Last weekend we had a rest-day (from climbing) and meandered down along the waterfront. We saw a few of the boats getting last-minute practice in. It was a beautiful afternoon to sit and watch the world go by.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - Olympic Village

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - Olympic Village

Happy Weekend!

Saturday Snippets: 17.June.2017

This was a week where the days seemed to fly by and we were suddenly at Friday evening, wondering where the week went! It was a busy one, with site visits and work meetings, climbing and training days, and a few days of van work. All in all, no complaining ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 17.June.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

We’re in full-on kitchen mode! CNCing the butcher block countertop was a bit of a stressful moment (Jonty says that it was probably the most difficult cutting project he’s had to tackle, to date). But it worked, and it fits and we’re so happy with it!

  • This week has been spent making mounts to attach the counter top to the 8020 frame (it’s not going anywhere!).
  • The induction cooktop fits perfectly into its space, and so does the sink!
  • We were googling how to secure an under-the-counter mounted sink and saw that Ambassador (our brand of sink) sells these little aluminum mounts for attaching to a wood counter. But why buy a mount, when you can just make a mount! So Jonty’s had to manufacture mounts, as well. To be fair, he went to a few places around town, before giving up and deciding to just do it himself. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • The next step is to use a waterproof epoxy on the exposed wood around the sink and faucet, and also fill in any knots and holes in the wood with this epoxy, too. We were pointed to the West System 105 marine epoxy, so hopefully next week we’ll be able to show some progress.
  • Once the epoxy is applied, then we can Osmo the entire counter top, and it should be finished!
ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - installing cooktop and sink

Flush-mounted induction cooktop.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - installing cooktop and sink

Induction cooktop and sink installed.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - installing cooktop and sink

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - installing cooktop and sink

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - installing cooktop and sink

Happy Weekend!

Saturday Snippets: 10.June.2017

Jonty had a birthday (!), we’ve been out climbing (!!) and the van is back (!!!). Really, it’s been a very good week.

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 10.June.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

  • If you’re into climbing at all, I’m sure you’ve no doubt heard about Alex Honnold’s free solo of El Cap. For those of you non-climbers, Alex climbed the 3000-foot wall without a rope or harness. Jonty and I have talked a lot about this, it makes us both uncomfortable to even think about doing such a thing; my hands are sweating as I type this! I thought Tommy Caldwell’s article gave a great perspective of the event, both as another climber and as a close friend of Alex.
  • I’m liking the sound of this Spring Panzanella with Asparagus
  • Jonty requested a Battenburg Cake for his birthday. I’ve never made one, but he assures me it tasted just as he remembered. I’ll post the recipe next week ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Vancouver is holding another mural festival this year! We cycled around all the 2016 murals last year (which reminds me, I need to do something with those pictures!) and we’re excited to see the new art this year! If you’re in the Vancouver area, it’s a great way to meander around the city and look at some great (big!) pieces.
  • My mother-in-law recommended The Muse to me. I just finished reading it, and loved it! I thought I had it all figured out, but was wrong until almost the last page.
  • Interesting fun-fact – these trees always lean towards the equator!

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

Hallelujah! Moby returned finally! We picked him up from the shop on Monday – they did do a good job of fixing his nicks and cuts, even if it took three times longer than anticipated. We then proceeded to inch our way home through Vancouver rush hour (accidents on both bridges leaving the North Shore made for a very slow journey). But onto the fun stuff.

Galley time!

  • On Tuesday, Jonty was able to start on an MDF prototype for the galley with cut-outs for the sink and cooktop. It fitted perfectly to the galley frame. With the cooktop, sink and faucet a pretty darned good fit, so a few minor tweaks we think it’s going to be spot on!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - galley countertop

  • And then it was time to work on the real thing! We purchased our wood countertop in mid-May, it was patiently waiting for us at Yew Woodshop until we had the van back. The slab of reclaimed Douglas Fir is about 2 inches thick, which after machining and finishing will end up being around 1.5 inches. The plan is to use the CNC to skim off the excess, ensuring that the resulting slab will be of uniform thickness and flat.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - galley countertop

  • It’s always a stressful time – that moment right be fore you push ON. Thankfully there were no unanticipated issues, and we’re so so happy with the final result! Now we just have to sand and finish, make the attachment mounts and install the appliances ๐Ÿ™‚

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - galley countertop

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - galley countertop

Pictures during the week of 10.June.2017:

We’ve been getting outside to climb two or three times a week, which has been really great. Our crag-of-the-moment is up near Porteau Cove, en route to Squamish. The crag is nice and quiet (which suits us) and has a number of climbs that are at a good grade-point for us in the early season.

The crag is about a 30 minute hike up an old logging road. If you have a good 4×4 vehicle, you can get all the way up there. A decent Subaru will get you half way up there ๐Ÿ™‚ So a 10 minute hike up a decent hill, plus a small amount of bush-whacking, and you’re there!

We can hardly wait until Moby is ready for prime-time. The thought of enjoying an ice-cold beer and an unobstructed view of Howe Sound in our home-away-from-home sounds very, very appealing ๐Ÿ™‚

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Porteau Cove climbing - British Columbia

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Porteau Cove climbing - British Columbia

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Porteau Cove climbing - British Columbia

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Porteau Cove climbing - British Columbia

Happy Weekend!

Saturday Snippets: 03.June.2017

Happy June, happy weekend! Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 03.June.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

Well, it’s truth time – is Moby back in our possession??

NOPE!

Desperate times call for desperate measures: Jonty hates speaking on the phone. And this past week, he’s been on the phone with the dealership on an almost-daily basis, hounding them to firm up a date. Someone was not a happy camper. Actually, neither of us have been happy campers or satisfied customers with this whole process.

So, we were promised that it would be back in our possession on Monday. Definitely Monday. Well, probably Monday afternoon. Yup, definitely by end of day on Monday.ย  :/

Let’s hope we have something more exciting to share with you next week!

Pictures from the week of 03.June.2017:

Last week we had fantastic weather – warm temperatures and blue skies – and we tried to make the most of it. We climbed at Sully’s Hangout (a North Shore local crag in Lynn Canyon) and another one up near Porteau Cove (heading up towards Squamish). We also managed to get in a few great cycles around town, before the rain came. All in all, we tried to make the most of not having Moby to work on ๐Ÿ™‚

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Explore Vancouver - Lynn Valley Canyon

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Explore Vancouver - Lynn Valley Canyon

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Explore Vancouver - Porteau Cove

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Explore Vancouver - Olympic village

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Explore Vancouver - Lynn Valley Canyon

Happy Weekend!

Saturday Snippets: 27.May.2017

I think Vancouver missed the spring memo, and has jumped straight to summer! We’ve had fantastic weather this week, and it’s supposed to continue through next week. We were able to get outside climbing twice this week (first of the season), and it felt pretty darned good. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Our Saturday Snippets for 27.May.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

We took Moby in to the shop to get some work done, at the beginning of last week. It was supposed to be done within the week. No such luck. At the time of writing this, it’s still not done, and their estimate is now by the end of next week! It’s a bit frustrating, but there’s not much we can do. Jonty thinks he might start designing the water / plumbing system for the van, because he’s finished up as much other design work as he can do, before we physically need the van.

So here’s what we’ve been getting organized for when the van IS back:

  • Our kitchen countertop butcher block slab has been purchased! We’ve bought an 8-foot unfinished slab from Yew Woodshop for super cheap (it becomes more expensive, if you want them to do all the work).
  • We’ve purchased our kitchen faucet! I’m pretty sure our van kitchen has officially become more modern and functional than our apartment. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Jonty has the CNC cut-outs for the countertop finished – we just need the van to load the wood in and haul it to Maker Labs.
  • We have the walls surrounding the fridge ready to be CNC’d and have added in a cool little design detail (you’ll just have to wait and see!).
  • We’re flipping back and forth between buying a small convection oven and a convection microwave oven. I think we’re leaning towards the oven-only option, as our food lives really revolve around baking/cooking with that. Any thoughts?

Pictures from the week of 27.May.2017:

On the Victoria Day Monday, we cycled up to UBC to look around. We’ve wanted to do this for ages – it’s been 10 years since Jonty finished working up there (eek!) and 12 years since I finished my Masters there (double eek!). We knew things had changed, and it was a glorious day, so thought it would be a good time to check it out.

Because I only did my Masters there, and spent most of that time off-campus, at the cancer centre, I’ve never really spent a lot of time exploring the campus. There were so many streets and buildings that I never knew existed! If you’ve never been around UBC, I’d urge you to take a walk or cycle through the campus.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - UBC campus

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - UBC campus

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - UBC campus

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - UBC campus

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - UBC campus

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - UBC campus

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - UBC campus

Happy Weekend!