Saturday Snippets: 09.December.2017

We had brilliant sunshine for the first half of the week, and socked-in fog for the second half. I’d still take a foggy day over a rainy one! We’re planning on taking in some of the lights around town this weekend, so it could make for some awesomely moody pictures.

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 09.December.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

We started on building our shower this week! We’re definitely whittling down the jobs that are left to complete. I think the last two big systems are the shower / grey-tank system, and the second alternator. Since the alternator hasn’t arrived yet, we’re onto the shower!

On our first official road trip in Moby, we decided we loved the open space right behind the driver’s seat. This meant we didn’t want to build in an enclosed shower, as originally planned. We’re still having the shower located in the same spot, but we’ll be able to fold it up and out-of-the-way when we’re not using it. Which, to be honest, will be 99.9% of the day.

Jonty has built the box to hold our shower pan, as well as a stronger base to hold our weight. We still don’t know exactly how this is going to work, but we have a vague idea. All I know is that our vague ideas, given enough time to percolate, generally result in something that works for our needs. So I’m trusting this will be the same ๐Ÿ™‚

He was finally able to get onto the CNC machine yesterday, and cut out the lattice support structure for under the shower base. The slats are interconnecting, so the fit is nice and snug! | Sprinter van conversion - custom fold-away shower

CNCing the shower pan support base. | Sprinter van conversion - custom fold-away shower

Dog-bone grooves on the CNC will insure a nice snug fit for the interlocking lattice. | Sprinter van conversion - custom fold-away shower

Base of the shower box, with the lattice support in place. | Sprinter van conversion - custom fold-away shower

Base of the shower pan, with the hole for the drain cut out. | Sprinter conversion - custom fold-away shower

Happy Weekend!

Saturday Snippets: 02.December.2017

Whoa, December! First off, a big Happy Birthday today to our most favourite godson, and another Happy Birthday tomorrow to our most favourite middle-M nephew!!

I’m ready for December, especially if it means we can see a change in our weather. Seriously! We’ve had around 270 mm of rain this month, and I’m beginning to suspect I’m suffering from seasonal affective disorder. I need me some sunshine! Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 02.December.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

We tackled our bike storage conundrum this past week, and are very happy with our solution. | Sprinter van conversion - bike storage solution

  • Some of our original ideas were to build a sliding drawer in the back of the van or some type of hanging/sliding drawer. Both ideas would have been quite costly (heavy-duty drawer slides are expensive!) and fitting the bikes in would have still been quite tricky (they’re just an awkward size). Also, the designs we were originally going to attempt, would have rendered much of the storage space as difficult to easily access.
  • Then, we had the grand idea to mount the bikes on the back doors! I think we dismissed the idea at first, because we thought the bikes would be too wide. But Jonty, my resident Puzzle-Master, found the perfect angles to make both bikes fit! | Sprinter van conversion - bike storage solution | Sprinter van conversion - bike storage solution

  • We’ve used 80-20 to build the mounts. The key to this solution is having the handlebars lock into place. This, along with two mounts for the wheels, prevents the bikes from rotating and ensures no part of the bike catches on door frames. The front wheel is stored behind the bike frame and is also locked into place using the same handlebar mount. Ingenious! | Sprinter van conversion - bike storage solution | Sprinter van conversion - bike storage solution | Sprinter van conversion - bike storage solution

  • The great aspect of this design is that the bikes will naturally swing out of the way, whenever the doors are open, allowing us access inside. And the bonus is that we were able to find an orientation that allowed us to keep the seats on the bikes (lowered all the way down) while being stored. This means there’s just one fewer piece of random gear to store! | Sprinter van conversion - bike storage solution

Happy Weekend!

Saturday Snippets: 25.November.2017

Gosh, we’re already at the last weekend of November! We’ve entered in our first bouldering competition of the season, and we’re looking forward to climbing some fun problems tomorrow!

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 25.November.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

  • For those climbers who have ever had to leave a piece of gear behind on a route, because you couldn’t get to the top, here’s a potential solution. Or, just carry a bail-biner ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Mmm, a lovely lentil coconut soup / stew for the changing seasons.
  • I saw this recipe, thought it would be a nice weekend treat, and bought persimmons the following day. At the rate we’re eating them, I may have to replenish the stock!
  • We love a good whiskey every once in a while (single malt, please). We tend to buy a bottle to mark a special occasion, and drink them at the same rate (i.e. special occasions). If you haven’t been bitten by the whiskey bug yet, here’s a guide to start. Oban and Cragganmore are two of my favourites!
  • Come December 1st, we’re all for looking at Christmas lights. Here’s 32 places around Vancouver, where you can find the best and brightest.

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

  • We’re still figuring out our shower. We think we’ve settled on a shower pan, and we’ve ordered a shallow drain, which has arrived already, and we’ve ordered some other parts. Jonty will probably start prototyping out a box for it next week.
  • We’re also still trying to decide on the best place for our bikes in the back. Every time we open the back doors, we’re convinced we have tonnes of room back there. And every time we bring our bikes around, still nope! They’re just awkward to fit in there – too tall or too long. The last time we tried to figure out a bike storage solution, it was to determine the bed height. Now that we have the bed in, our physical constraints ain’t moving! We’ve tried out a few different orientations, so we’ll see which one ends up the winner.

Vancouver Mural Festival walk:

This past week, we’ve been hit with our classic Vancouver weather – rain. So much rain. Instead of focusing on the grey and dreary, I thought it would be nice to inject a bit of colour into this post.

A few weeks ago, we had a glorious day of sunshine and we used it to get out on our bikes and trundle around the newest murals in Vancouver. We did this last year as well, by making a bit of a day of it. Cycling around, looking at art, popping into little shops for coffee and nibbles and the occasional brew.

If you live in Vancouver, or are planning to visit, walking around the murals would be a great way to spend the afternoon. The Vancouver Mural Festival website has all the artist and mural information, as well as a map of where everything is.

Here are a few of our favourites from this year!

ARI DE LA MORA + IRVING CANO – “Dance the Dance My Girl”

TYLER KEETON ROBBINS – “Trees Burn While Flowers Bloom”

JENNY RITTER – Community Mural

JANE CHENG – “Holograph”

CARRIELYN VICTOR – “Scolder Dives for Berries”

ANDY DIXON – “Vancouver Studio (After Matisse), 2017”


DAVID ULLOCK + DOUGLAS NHUNG – “Luxurious Dreamscape Bubblebath”

GHIA COLLECTIVE – “Community Tree”


Happy Weekend!

Saturday Snippets: 18.November.2017

The Vancouver Eastside Culture Crawl in on this weekend, and we’re planning to check out some of the artists around town! We went last year, as well, so the plan is to check out the other areas we missed last year. If you’re in the Vancouver area, it’s a great way to check out local artists – there’s something for everyone!

Here’s what caught our eye in the online world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 18.November.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

It’s been a bit of a slow week here on the Moby News. Jonty is in design-mode, so nothing has physically been done in the van. We’re still trying to figure out the best way to make our shower and have been hashing out different setups. Nothing is ever a simple solution, but we’re getting there ๐Ÿ™‚

On Visiting Dawson Creek:

Last week I had to fly up to Dawson Creek (no, not the television show… ๐Ÿ™‚ ) for a work visit. One of my colleagues usually looks after this site, but she was going to be out of town and I was able to help her out. I’ve never been up that far north in BC, so a part of me was actually excited to go. It’s just unfortunate that my first experience up there was in the middle of November! It was -17ยฐC when I landed, although the following day was slightly warmer (a balmy -10ยฐC). Regardless, I was able to get out and explore while the daylight (and my frozen fingertips) lasted!

On the flight up, we were delayed in Prince George for a few hours, due to heavy fog and poor visibility in Dawson Creek. Once we got there, however, I was greeted with the most beautiful hoarfrost-covered trees. As I was โ€œnavigatingโ€ my way to my hotel (there are only 2 main roads in the town, no navigating really required), I saw a big park off to one side of the road and stopped for some pictures.

I assume it’s a well-used park, as the paths were shoveled clear. It would be quite pretty in the summer, as a creek meandered through it. I managed about 20 minutes of picture-taking, before my fingertips were red and I was beginning to lose feeling in them. Despite that, I really enjoyed the brisk walk out!

The following day, I had a few hours to kill before my flight was scheduled to leave, and the blue sky was beckoning me to do a bit of exploring of the town centre. The claim-to-fame of Dawson Creek is that it’s situated at Mile 0 of the Alaskan Highway.

At the central hub of the town is a nice art gallery and tourism information centre, built out of an old grain elevator. They also have an electric vehicle charging station! Colour me impressed ๐Ÿ™‚

… A little something for you, Dad!

Again, it’s too bad that my first visit up here was in November because I think it would be a nice area to explore for a day or two (in the right season). The town seemed to have quite a few parks and green spaces, and a handful of quaint cafes and coffee shops.

I had stopped in at the Baked Cafe for lunch, and was treated to the most fantastic turkey sandwich on homemade bread. Everything there was made from scratch and looked wonderful. Cookies, cinnamon buns, bread, soup, you name it! I’d go back to Dawson Creek, just to eat there again!

My colleague did offer to trade me her Fort St John / Dawson Creek trip next summer, if Moby wanted an extended road trip. For that cinnamon bun? I could possibly be convinced! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Weekend!

Saturday Snippets: 11.November.2017

It’s been a whirlwind week of traveling for me. Last weekend I was in Edmonton for a work meeting, then home for a day, then down to Seattle to visit friends for 2 days, then home for a night, then up to Dawson Creek for a quick site visit! Six plane rides + two days in the van later, and I’ll be home just in time for our wedding anniversary tomorrow. Phew!

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 11.November.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

To be honest, not much has happened this week, what with all our travels. Jonty has started working on designs for the shower, and I spent a few hours on Monday sewing magnets into the ends of curtains (which has helped keep the slivers of light out).


  • The newest addition to the kitchen are the customizable dividers for our big drawer. Jonty used the laser cutter to make them, and I think they’re fantastic! We’ll be able to change the layout of the drawer, as our needs change, without having to buy new cutlery trays or things like that. Functional AND lightweight. Perfect for the van ๐Ÿ™‚ | Sprinter conversion drawer dividers


  • Jonty learned how to use the vinyl cutter at MakerLabs last week. Since the day we got Moby, we’ve had ideas of adding certain personal touches to the outside of the van, many of which required being able to cut vinyl. This was our first design!
  • We now have Moby’s instagram account on both of the back side windows. I totally love it! What do you think? So, if you think you might like some fancy vinyl stickers made for yourself, let us know, and we’ll strike a deal ๐Ÿ˜‰ | Sprinter van conversion - custom vinyl lettering | Sprinter van conversion - custom vinyl lettering

Happy Weekend!