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 πŸ™‚
  • 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 β€œreal” 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 πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚
  • 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 πŸ™‚
  • 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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: 20.May.2017

Are you ready for the May long weekend? The May 2-4, Victoria Day, Memorial Day, the official start of camping season… Whatever day you’d like to call it, I think everyone can agree that we’re ready for a long weekend filled with sunshine. πŸ™‚

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 20.May.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

This week, Moby was in the shop, getting a bit of a tune-up, so we haven’t been able to do any physical work on him. BUT, Jonty has been busy getting the CAD finished for the galley – figuring out the cut-out dimensions for the induction cooktop and sink.

We plan on having the cooktop mounted flush with the counter surface, and the sink will be under-mounted. As with everything else we do, we’ll prototype this design with a piece of cheap MDF, tweak the dimensions as necessary, and the CNC the finished product.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - induction cooktop

True Induction 2-burner mini-duo cooktop.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - double sink

Ambassador Marine double sink.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - kitchen galley layout

Side-by-side layout for the cooktop and sink.

Before we started physically on the van, we made an initial design using FreeCAD. As we confirm dimensions, Jonty changes the original model to match reality and then tweaks the design of each part. As an example, here’s what our galley counter should look like in the end! The fridge is already installed, and we are still on the hunt for a convection microwave oven (which may be mounted under the sink as shown). Even thought we work on the van and see these progressions in person, it’s still oddly satisfying to see our van as a 3D model!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - 3D rendering

Pictures from the week of 20.May.2017:

The weather was not quite as bright and sunny this week, as was predicted, but we’ve still been out and about. We spent a lovely Friday afternoon meandering along Jericho beach, taking in all the sights and sounds. The boaters and kayakers and paddle-boarders were all out on the water, and people were desperately willing-on the May long-weekend sunshine. A grey day at the beach is still better than a day in the office, I say! πŸ˜‰

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Jericho Beach walk in Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Jericho Beach walk in Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Jericho Beach walk in Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Jericho Beach walk in Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Jericho Beach walk in Vancouver BC

Happy (long) weekend!

Saturday Snippets: 13.May.2017

Happy Mother’s Day, a day early! If you’re lucky enough to live in the same city as your mom, I hope you enjoy a fantastic day with her. If you don’t (like us), hopefully you’ll be able to celebrate with her in spirit (we’ll talk tomorrow, mom!)

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 13.May.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

Installing and covering the front roof panel:

  • We finally picked up our sink (sorry, no pictures yet!) and I think it’s going to be awesome!
  • We finished off some edging on the side-door step.
  • We covered the front roof panel with foam-backed vinyl, mounted the lights (Jonty needed to fabricate mounts for them) and put up the roof fan cover. We still have the upper side panels to do, but it’s almost looking like a finished ceiling! I love how bright it is inside.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - upholstering ceiling panels

Installing cabinets:

  • We finished staining the bottoms of the cabinets and sealing the cabinet fronts with Osmo oil, and finally got all the bedroom and galley upper cabinets installed! Like with most of our projects, nothing is a standard fit and Jonty fabricated mounts for both the cabinet hinges and the Blumotion soft-closing adapters. But in the end, the solution works like a charm and we have soft-closing cabinets, made out of 1/4-inch Baltic Birch plywood (instead of the standard 3/4-inch ply, in order to reduce weight).
  • Now we’re just waiting on the rest of the latches to arrive, and then the cabinets should be good to go!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - installing cabinets

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - installing cabinets

Pictures from the week of 13.May.2017:

Last weekend, we participated in our last climbing competition of spring season. It was the provincial competition, held over two days, here in Vancouver. We both had a great time climbing – the routes were really fun and there was a great vibe throughout the weekend.

All competitions are organized by Sport Climbing BC and, while the competitions are mainly geared for the youth divisions (ages ~8 to 18), they encourage other climbers to enter (those people who are ages 14 and up, who want to climb in competitions but aren’t looking to rank provincially or nationally).

We entered our first competition last year, and since then we’ve entered both route-climbing and bouldering competitions, and really love it! We both finished first in our age category, which was a bonus, but in general, we feel these competitions bring out the best in our climbing. I guess it’s nice to see that some of our training isn’t going to waste πŸ™‚

And if nothing else, there’s always the post-climbing celebration to look forward to πŸ˜‰

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sport climbing BC - climbing competition

Happy Weekend!