Saturday Snippets: 22.July.2017

Today my Mom is turning the big 6-5 (Happy Birthday, Mom!!), and I’ve flown back home to help her celebrate. She doesn’t know I’m coming, though. So if all goes according to our plan, and nobody slips up, I’m hoping she will be suitably surprised. I’m pretty excited to see the look on her face 🙂

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Our Saturday Snippets for 22.July.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

  • The BC Wildfire situation is still a major concern in our province. There are now over 45,000 evacuees displaced from their homes and communities (that may not even exist anymore),  and the province has brought in numerous wildfire fire fighters from Australia to help with containing the blazes. Every summer brings wildfires in this province, but this year seems to be extra sever. At the time of writing this, there are over 180 fires burning, and apparently over half of them have been started by humans. People – stop throwing your cigarette butts on the ground!!
  • If you’re not living in a furnace, I think this Turkey Pesto Meatloaf would be worth turning the oven on for. And if you ARE living in a furnace, making them into burgers for grilling on the BBQ.
  • I bet there are countless ways you could change up this summer veggie quinoa bowl, and never get tired of it.
  • Do you have any sunglasses that are still perfectly fine, except for a scratched lens? Apparently you can just order new lenses from this website, for tonnes of different sunglasses brands!
  • Did you catch Alex Honnold talking with Jimmy Kimmel about his most recent free-climb ascent in Yosemite? When he describes it, he almost makes it seem like a normal thing to do!

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

  • We started on the platform bed this week!
  • The original thought was to use aluminum angle to form a frame (with a centre bar) and then to use wooden slats (like the Ikea kind) to form the platform. The reason for using aluminum (instead of steel) was to minimize weight issues. The reason for using wooden slats (instead of a solid wooden base) is for ventilation.
  • We purchased and installed aluminum angle along the sides of the van. That seemed to go forward without a hitch.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - building a platform bed

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - building a platform bed

  • Jonty still had concerns about the strength of the aluminum. Because this is a platform frame, it is kind of free-floating and isn’t directly attached to the floor. Deflection and bending of the frame could be a real concern. So he did a few deflection calculations, based on the grade and thickness of aluminum we were planning on using. And, yup, the frame wasn’t going to be strong enough, with the intended design.
  • In order to make the bed frame strong enough, we could either use a lot more aluminum (which would then negate any weight-saving benefits), or we could use steel. So, steel it is! We’re keeping the same design, but using Unistrut steel framing for the cross-bars of the bed.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - building a platform bed

  • So the framing will continue, and hopefully next week, we’ll be able to show you a finished platform bed!

Pictures from the week of 22.July.2017:

We had to pick up more electrical wire for the van (story of our lives) on Monday, so made a pit stop down to Granville Island for a coffee and stroll. As long as we get there early enough (and not on a weekend day), we can always find a place to park Moby 🙂

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - Granville Island

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - Granville Island

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - Granville Island

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - Granville Island

On Tuesday, we headed to a new climbing crag. It’s only about 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver (which is nice) but it does require walking along the highway for a few hundred meters (not that nice). While it didn’t smell smoky, the air quality was definitely compromised in the morning. It still looks kind of pretty, though!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Howe Sound views

By the end of our climbing day, the air had cleared, and we had a nice view of Howe Sound.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Howe Sound views

Happy Weekend!

Weekend Meanderings Vancouver | ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com

Pedal Pictures: Seeking Sunrises

If you would have told my mid-20’s self that, by the time I hit my mid-30’s, I would be a full-fledged early riser, I would have laughed in your face. But here I am, in my mid-30’s, and I’m (dare I say it?!) an early riser!! When the alarm goes off, between 5:30 and 6:00am (for 6 days of the week), I may not always want to get up, but I never regret it, once I’m up.

There are a few great reasons to start getting up early:

  1. It’s quiet! Especially on the weekend, the world doesn’t stir much before 8am; the roads are quiet (which is great, for those early-morning cycles), you get your choice of waterfront view, and a big bonus is there are no crowds!
  2. You can get stuff done! Our lives seem to becoming increasingly busy, but it’s amazing how productive you can be in those hours before 9:00am, especially on the weekend!
  3. You get to watch fantastic sunrises! Enough said.

The days are getting shorter and the sun is rising later, so we are taking advantage of these still-light mornings before the seasons change. During the summer, we try to eat breakfast down by the water, once a week. It’s a nice way to start the day! This past week, we walked down to Kits Beach and had our choice of bench, overlooking the water.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Breakfast at Kits Beach, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Breakfast at Kits Beach, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Breakfast at Kits Beach, Vancouver BC

From there, we walked down past Granville Island, along the seawall, before heading up towards our respective workplaces.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise over Granville Island, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise over Granville Island, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise over Granville Island, Vancouver BC

Yesterday morning, we hopped on the bikes in an attempt to catch the sunrise. A great place to do this is on the Cambie Street Bridge.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise over Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise over Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

We trundled down to the Olympic Village seawall and, again, we had our choice of bench!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise over Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

We had almost an hour to enjoying our breakfast and morning coffee as the sun rose, before the rest of Olympic Village began to stir.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise over Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise over Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sunrise over Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Seabus in False Creek, Vancouver BC

We never tire of mornings like this 🙂

Pedal Pictures: Vancouver Stay-Cation

We have been on vacation for the last two weeks, and by “we”, I mean Jonty, because I don’t officially head back to work until Monday. The weather has been hot and humid, so it’s a good thing we are early risers, as we’ve been able to enjoy the calm, cool early mornings for a bit of climbing and cycling.

On a handful of mornings we’ve cycled down to Olympic Village to have our breakfast by the water. If you live in Vancouver, you should really give this a try – any beach will do! The warm sun on your skin, the smell of the ocean, the quiet, calming views… it’s a great way to start your day, whether you’re on stay-cation or not!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Olympic Village and Science World, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Jonty at Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Jonty at Olympic Village, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Olympic Village and Science World, Vancouver BC

The other day, we started our morning down along the water then made our way over to Granville Island to check out a marine-electronics store (we’re already putting together a to-do list for when Moby arrives!!). Sadly, they were closed for inventory that day, but we did a quick stroll through the island to see what was new. Weekday mornings don’t have the same claustrophobic feel as some of the weekend days can have, and it was nice to walk around without your personal-bubble feeling squeezed. The silo paintings have finally been finished!

After living in Vancouver for almost 12 years, we have finally crossed off a Vancouver Bucket-List item – we cycled down to Waterfront Station and took the SeaBus over to Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. We’ve never been on any of the SeaBus routes before! We tried to act all nonchalant about it, but secretly, we were pretty excited (sad, but true).

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Seabus view heading to North Vancouver

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Seabus view heading to North Vancouver

We celebrated our monumental journey with a taster flight at the Green Leaf Brewing Company, which is located right on the Quay, a stones-throw from the SeaBus terminal.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Beer Flights at Green Leaf Brewing, North Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Beer Flights at Green Leaf Brewing, North Vancouver BC

The forecast is still looking hot for the weekend, so we will enjoy our last few stay-cation days with a few more rocks climbed, bicycle routes traveled, and craft-beer sampled.

Happy Weekend! 🙂