Saturday Snippets: 08.July.2017

Welcome to the first week of July! The weather has been unusually warm. For us, it means early climbing days and warm evenings on the balcony, and we’re loving it! Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Our Saturday Snippets for 08.July.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

  • Rock climbing in slow motion. I can only imagine how horrible some of those holds would be to catch!
  • We’ve got everything we need to make this kale and quinoa salad, so I’m not sure what I’m waiting for! I love the idea of plumping up the dried cranberries in the cooking quinoa.
  • I bet a version of these chocolate chia oatmeal bars would make a great climbing-day snack.
  • We were watching a movie earlier this week, which prompted me to ask Jonty, “Do fish actually sleep”? Well, they do, and this is what sperm whales look like when they sleep. Kind of freaky, I think!
  • Yes, there’s really a park called “Dude Chilling” in Vancouver. And, yes, they offer free yoga there in the summer 🙂
  • Could you sleep in a Bubble Lodge? I’m not sure!

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

Compared to the last few weeks, where we were cutting, staining, epoxying, OSMOing, this week felt like a slower week. BTW – we finished the sink cover / tray, and it’s turned out really good! I think it’s definitely going to be a functional piece in the kitchen.

Lighting:

  • We’ve finished the lighting in the van! We installed LED strip lighting underneath all the cabinets (in the kitchen and bedroom areas).
  • One of the great things about using 80/20 for all the cabinet framing is the ability to use the channels for multiple purposes. On one side of the frame, we’re able to hang curtains. On the other side, we’re able to slide in thin LED strips! We’ve placed a diffusing strip (opaque plastic) on one side of the LEDs, so you can’t see the individual lights, and it gives a nice warm glow to the spaces.
  • All of the wiring runs through the 80/20 channels and up into the ceiling, so we don’t have any wires visible. Cool!
  • And all of the lights are on dimmer switches, so mood lighting is available at the push of a button 😉

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - LED under-cabinet lighting

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - LED under-cabinet lighting

Cabinet dividers:

  • Since we had to take all the cabinets down (yet again) to install the LED lights, we figured it was a good time to make and install the cabinet dividers. We’ve got one divider per cabinet, giving us 6 separate compartments. We kind of like the way the holes turned out! A bit of functionality (can see through them, which is nice, and good for air-flow) and a bit of peek-a-boo eye candy (because, why not!)

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - funky cabinet dividers

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - funky cabinet dividers

Other bits and pieces:

  • We’ve ordered a 45-gallon fresh water tank this week, and it should be here in about a month. So once that comes, we’ll be able to cut more holes in the floor, and get our van water-ready!
  • Next on the list is designing and making the bed frame. Jonty is starting to have a better idea of what that might look like (what materials to use, how to attach it to the van, what height we want the bed to sit at, etc).
  • I’m slowly getting my ducks in a row for making the curtains. I’m still on the hunt for the “ideal fabric”. I can’t really describe what I want, but I’ll know it when I see it (are you like that, too?!) Wish me luck on my hunt 🙂

Happy Weekend!

Saturday Snippets: 01.July.2017

Happy Canada Day!! Are you taking in any of the festivities in your town? We’ll be out climbing for the day, but might meander downtown later on, to feel the birthday love. Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 01.July.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

Last week, the van was in complete disarray.This week, the van looks much better:

  • We took out the tall walls (dividing the kitchen from the bedroom) and re-made them.
  • Originally, we used 1/8-inch plywood to keep the weight down, but have since switched to 1/4-inch. Ultimately, 1/8-inch was too flimsy (rattling!) and didn’t allow for any clean mounting options. So, off to the wood shop we went!
  • New panels have been cnc’d, stained and installed, and these ones are much better. We’re definitely happy we made the change.

Kitchen galley:

  • We installed the counter top this week! The induction cooktop and sink fit perfectly. Nothing is hooked up or works yet, but it sure does look good 🙂

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - kitchen with butcher block counter

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - kitchen with butcher block counter

  • Jonty also made a sink cover using the extra butcher block wood we had. The design was to have a cover that fit over the double sink, to increase our usable surface area. When you take it out and flip it over, it turns into a little kitchen tray! We use a kitchen tray in our apartment all the time, so it makes me happy to have something similar in the van 🙂 I’ll have to fill the knots with epoxy, then OSMO it, then it’s good to go!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - inset sink cover and flip-over tray

  • A few more sides of the galley walls have been cnc’d, stained and installed. And so has the end board of the upper cabinets. It’s starting to feel like a real kitchen.

Roof panels:

  • We’re chipping away at covering the roof and wall panels. The ceiling is now complete, finally! All we had left were three long corner pieces. Two were on the side that house all the electrical wires, so we were procrastinating if finishing them. It feels very good to have them done!
  • The only remaining walls that are left are right behind the driver’s seat. We’re planning on installing a bathroom on that side, so we’ll wait until we know how much of the walls we actually need to cover.

 

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - covering ceiling panels

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - covering ceiling panels

Happy Canada Day long weekend!

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 🙂
  • 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 “real” 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 🙂

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. 🙂
  • 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 🙂
  • 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 🙂

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 🙂 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 🙂

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!