Saturday Snippets: 15.July.2017

Happy Weekend! Hope your week was a good one, and your weekend is even better! Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 15.July.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

  • This company is 3D-printing climbing holds. And they’re based in Vancouver!
  • My birthday is in a few weeks, and Jonty’s been asking what kind of cake I might like. I think I might go rogue, and one of my requests was a peach pie (I love pie). But this blueberry pie is pulling at my birthday strings… 🙂
  • Quantum Physics for babies! I know what all of our nephews are getting for Christmas 🙂 They can grow up to be rock-climbing physicists, like their auntie and uncle.
  • I found this article about how AirBnB rentals in tourist towns are squeezing out the locals from accessible housing quite interesting. The same thing is happening in Vancouver, and the local government is trying to figure out a good solution, to ensure locals can find long-term rentals.
  • This is one of my favourite Canadian instagram account. He’s based out of Regina, and does a lot of Saskatchewan photos, and they’re all gorgeous!

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

Bed Frame:

  • Well, the closest we got to working on the bed frame, was bringing down our bikes and bouldering pads, to see how much room we were going to have under the bed. Spoiler alert – we’re too tall for our orignal plans :/
  • When we travelled in our rental RV a few years ago, we had to take the front wheels off, seats out, and stack the bikes on top of each other. It looks like we may have to go that route again. If we do, however, at least we’ll be able to design a box that will hold the bikes without damaging them and will be more accomodating for our needs.
  • As for the bouldering pads, we might end up attaching them to the back doors! They will fit where we first intended them to go (standing up, behind the wheel wells, along the side of the van, like in the picture below). But seeing as our original bike storage design isn’t going to work, the original bouldering pad location might not be ideal, either. We shall see!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - measuring for platform bed

More Wiring:

  • Jonty started (and finished) wiring up the galley appliances!
  • Both the induction cooktop and fridge now work off our inverter as well as shore power, and the fridge is wired to work off of our 12V supply when not hooked up. This means we can start planning our first meal in the van, and then come home to do dishes 🙂
  • The lights are all wired into zones. Yes, we have zones in our sprinter 🙂 There are 4 zones in total: The ceiling lights are separated into the bedroom lights + kitchen lights, and the under-cabinet LEDs are also separated into the bedroom + kitchen. All are dimmable, and are remote controlled. We love how it’s turned out!
ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - 12V fridge hook up

The fridge is cold inside!!

Pictures from the week of 15.July.2017:

We had to take my bike into the shop on Monday so while we were waiting for the store to open, we took a meander down Spanish Banks West beach. The tide was waaaaay out, and it was kind of neat to have so much extra “beach” to walk on!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - Spanish Banks Beach West

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - Spanish Banks Beach West

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - Spanish Banks Beach West

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - Spanish Banks Beach West

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - Spanish Banks Beach West

As we were walking back to the car, we stopped at these old driftwood trees that had been carved into furniture. I nudged Jonty to go and sit on one, so I could take an artsy-fartsy picture for my July photo challenge. This woman walked by, and offered to take a picture of both of us sitting. It through me for a loop! I’m pretty sure we couldn’t have been sitting together more platonically, if we had tried 🙂

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - Spanish Banks West

However, these pictures… I’m pretty sure this is more representative of us:

“Jonty, let’s pretend we’re looking up at how high the rock is that we just climbed, okay?! Keep looking up! Keep looking up!!”

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Porteau Cove BC - climbing at Lumberjack wall

“Darn it, the picture didn’t take. Keep looking up!! You’re still looking up, right??!”

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Porteau Cove BC - climbing at Lumberjack wall

Happy Weekend!

June Photo Challenge: EXPLORE Recap

June has come to an end, and so has my monthly photo challenge. It was my month of EXPLORE and we ventured into neighbourhoods near and far.

So here’s my EXPLORE recap for you.

The June Photo Challenge took me…

… from enjoying the rain to enjoying the sun…

… from exploring new climbing crags to exploring new neighbourhoods of Vancouver…

… from teetering over log bridges to easing over raging rapids…

… from cooking new recipes to trying new restaurants…

… from enjoying new views from bridges and sunroofs and rooftops.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | June monthly photography challenge - EXPLORE recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | June monthly photography challenge - EXPLORE recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | June monthly photography challenge - EXPLORE recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | June monthly photography challenge - EXPLORE recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | June monthly photography challenge - EXPLORE recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | June monthly photography challenge - EXPLORE recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | June monthly photography challenge - EXPLORE recap

And just like that, we’re into July and a new challenge word! This month is all about URBAN ART and you can check out the details here.

Happy picture-taking!

July 2017 Monthly Word: URBAN ART

Happy July (a few days early)! I think summer has finally arrived in Vancouver, and we’re absolutely loving the sunshine. June was filled with evenly split with work-work, van-work and climbing-work. The weather was better than most June-uaries, so we made the most of getting out and about. And with that, My Month of Explore has come to and end. I’ll share the full photo round-up in a few days time.

July Month of URBAN ART

Last year, Vancouver hosted a Mural Festival. Numerous buildings around town were covered in large-scale art. We thought it was a fantastic way to showcase local talent and add a bunch of colour to our city. This year, the festival is returning, with another group of buildings getting covered. When I start to actually look at the city, there is so much urban art and culture around, whether it’s a painting or a sculpture or someone’s freedom to express themselves.

I expect there will be quite a few building murals in my month, but I’m going to be on the look-out for all the urban art that catches my eye.

So, I’m dedicating July to my month of URBAN ART, and I would absolutely love to see the artistic gems in your city, too! If you’d like to join in, please do (as many or as little photos as you’d like). I’ll post my findings on various social media places – Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter,  tagging #MyMonthOfUrbanArt and #MyMonthOfJuly.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | July 2017 Monthly Photo Challenge - URBAN ART

Here’s to a month of URBAN ART!

May Photo Challenge: FROM ABOVE Recap

May has come to an end, and so has my monthly photo challenge. It was my month of FROM ABOVE and today I have my downward-gazing recap for you!

In one way, May passed in a blink of an eye. Yet, looking back through the pictures, I find it hard to believe that all of these things happened in May! It’s funny how the perception of time changes. Good thing I have pictures to document it all 😉

So what did My Month Of From Above look like?

The May Photo Challenge took me…

… from cold weather to hot weather…

… from cherry blossoms budding to green leaves exploding…

… from climbing on plastic to climbing on rock…

… from cycling around town to lounging in the sun…

… from lots of good food to lots of good coffee…

… from gazing down at shoes to gazing over mountaintops.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | May Photo Challenge - FROM ABOVE recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | May Photo Challenge - FROM ABOVE recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | May Photo Challenge - FROM ABOVE recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | May Photo Challenge - FROM ABOVE recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | May Photo Challenge - FROM ABOVE recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | May Photo Challenge - FROM ABOVE recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | May Photo Challenge - FROM ABOVE recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | May Photo Challenge - FROM ABOVE recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | May Photo Challenge - FROM ABOVE recap

And just like that, we’re into June and a new challenge word! This month is all about EXPLORE and you can check out the details here.

Happy picture-taking!

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.  :/

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 🙂

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!