Saturday Snippets: 27.May.2017

I think Vancouver missed the spring memo, and has jumped straight to summer! We’ve had fantastic weather this week, and it’s supposed to continue through next week. We were able to get outside climbing twice this week (first of the season), and it felt pretty darned good. πŸ™‚

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Our Saturday Snippets for 27.May.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

We took Moby in to the shop to get some work done, at the beginning of last week. It was supposed to be done within the week. No such luck. At the time of writing this, it’s still not done, and their estimate is now by the end of next week! It’s a bit frustrating, but there’s not much we can do. Jonty thinks he might start designing the water / plumbing system for the van, because he’s finished up as much other design work as he can do, before we physically need the van.

So here’s what we’ve been getting organized for when the van IS back:

  • Our kitchen countertop butcher block slab has been purchased! We’ve bought an 8-foot unfinished slab from Yew Woodshop for super cheap (it becomes more expensive, if you want them to do all the work).
  • We’ve purchased our kitchen faucet! I’m pretty sure our van kitchen has officially become more modern and functional than our apartment. πŸ˜‰
  • Jonty has the CNC cut-outs for the countertop finished – we just need the van to load the wood in and haul it to Maker Labs.
  • We have the walls surrounding the fridge ready to be CNC’d and have added in a cool little design detail (you’ll just have to wait and see!).
  • We’re flipping back and forth between buying a small convection oven and a convection microwave oven. I think we’re leaning towards the oven-only option, as our food lives really revolve around baking/cooking with that. Any thoughts?

Pictures from the week of 27.May.2017:

On the Victoria Day Monday, we cycled up to UBC to look around. We’ve wanted to do this for ages – it’s been 10 years since Jonty finished working up there (eek!) and 12 years since I finished my Masters there (double eek!). We knew things had changed, and it was a glorious day, so thought it would be a good time to check it out.

Because I only did my Masters there, and spent most of that time off-campus, at the cancer centre, I’ve never really spent a lot of time exploring the campus. There were so many streets and buildings that I never knew existed! If you’ve never been around UBC, I’d urge you to take a walk or cycle through the campus.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - UBC campus

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - UBC campus

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - UBC campus

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - UBC campus

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - UBC campus

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - UBC campus

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - UBC campus

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!

Saturday Snippets: 06.May.2017

It’s felt like another super-busy week over here, and I can’t really believe we’ve officially hit May! We’ll be taking part in our final climbing competition of the season this weekend, which means we’ll probably also be enjoying a beverage or two on Sunday when it finishes πŸ˜‰

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Our Saturday Snippets for 06.May.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

Cabinets:

  • It’s been a week of cabinet-making! Jonty was able to CNC all the front and bottom panels for the upper cabinets, and I was able stain them all. We’ve decided to stain the cabinet bottoms black, to match the divider walls, van walls, fridge and cabinet latch hardware.
  • For the upper cabinets, we’ve used 1/4-inch Baltic birch, and finished them with a clear coat of Osmo oil, which seems to be the woodworker’s wax of choice.
  • More latches are on order, once they arrive we’ll be able to put everything together.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter conversion - sealing cabinets with Osmo

Random bits and pieces:

  • We’ve started to work on finishing the ceiling at the front of the van. The main panel (with the holes for the lights and fan) has been CNC’d and attached. The upper galley-cabinet is no longer on temporary mounting blocks, and is attached properly to the ceiling and wall (finally!). Next up is covering the ceiling panel in our foam-backed vinyl.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter conversion - ceiling panel up

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter conversion - ceiling panel up

  • Sink update: we ordered another sink (after the first one failed to make it to us), and it’s ready for pick it, so hopefully next week we can show you some pictures πŸ™‚
  • Jonty wanted to put in one more safe guard on the electrical system (to make it easier for us to shut off the power in a, β€œHoly crap we need to turn off the power now!” situation). He finished that off and cleaned up some more fusing.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter conversion - battery installation

Pictures during the week of 06.May.2017:

Eeek, I’m afraid I don’t have much to show for this week! It was site visits and van work, with a few climbing sessions in between. I posted my monthly photo challenge pictures yesterday, so maybe I’ll just show you a few of my favourite πŸ™‚

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vibrant pictures around Vancouver

Happy Weekend!

Saturday Snippets: 29.April.2017

Goodness gracious – the last weekend of April! I feel like I’m in denial. Maybe because it’s only started to kind of feel like spring in the last week. One more weather fact for you, because we’re Canadian, and apparently it’s all we talk about πŸ˜‰ On Monday,Β Jonty sent me the rainfall update for April: as of Monday, Vancouver has had 170 mm of rain in April (the average for the month is 67 mm), and we still had a week to go! However, the sunshine gods must have been feeling sorry for us, because we’ve had more sun than rain this last week of April. Hopefully this is a sign of weather to come?

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 29.April.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

This was another week of planning and prototyping, but we’ve officially entered cabinet-making season πŸ™‚

The Cabinets:

  • The first half of this week was all about the hinges. What type of hinges are there, what kind do we want to use, do we want to fully cover the 80-20 or not, how can we attach the hinges to the 80-20, what hinges will work with 1/4-inch thick cabinets, etc, it’s all non-standard…
  • The second half of this week was all about the latches. Once we figured out the kind of latch to use on the cabinet doors, we then spent a bunch of time trying to figure out who sold them in the lower mainland, to see them in person.
  • Good news is that we think we have answers to both questions! Jonty used some cheap-o $3 hinges from Home Depot, to prototype attaching them to the 80-20. It involves drilling holes in the hardware, but we think it’s going to work! We also found the latches we want to use, at the local Marine store (which is closing their Vancouver store shortly), so picked up one to try (at a 25% discount!).

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - upper cabinet hinges

  • We picked up a few sheets of 1/4-inch Baltic Birch and started making the cabinets! The bottoms of all the upper cabinets will slide into the grooves of the 80-20. The cabinet fronts and sides will fully cover the 80-20 frame. Jonty was able to blitz out 4 cabinet bottoms and 4 cabinet fronts on the CNC machine yesterday. Now we just have to stain / seal them, and attach the hardware and we’ll have usable storage space!
ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - cabinet bases

Cabinet bottoms, made out of 1/4-inch Baltic birch, will slide into the grooves of the 8020 extrusion.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - cabinet bases

Cabinet bottoms, made out of 1/4-inch Baltic birch, will slide into the grooves of the 8020 extrusion.

Pictures from the week of 29.April.2017:

Last Saturday we were climbing in the competition, but Sunday morning we spent an hour wandering around downtown Victoria, to snap a few pictures before it got too busy. Victoria has a very walkable downtown area, and I absolutely love the old brick buildings!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Downtown Victoria BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Downtown Victoria BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Downtown Victoria BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Downtown Victoria BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Downtown Victoria BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Downtown Victoria BC

Happy weekend!