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! | 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. | 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™‚ | Sprinter van conversion - galley countertop | 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™‚ | Porteau Cove climbing - British Columbia | Porteau Cove climbing - British Columbia | Porteau Cove climbing - British Columbia | Porteau Cove climbing - British Columbia

Happy Weekend!


  1. Happy Birthday to Jonty! The cake you made him looks awesome, I have no idea how you figured out how to make that checkered pattern on the cake. Moby also looks like he’s coming along really well. The sink and stove cutouts look very nice. Did you both learn how to do all of these things for Moby yourselves? And I really enjoyed looking at all of your climbing photos (very artistic!) ๐Ÿ˜€ Your Saturday snippets always leave me with so much to say haha and are always so motivating/inspiring

    1. Jonty was pretty handy already (his dad was a joiner/carpenter in the UK, and he used to work for him in the summer), but most things have been learned while we’ve been working on Moby (especially the CNC stuff). By the end of this, he will definitely have earned the moniker “Jack of ALL trades” ๐Ÿ™‚

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