Saturday Snippets: 24.February.2018

We thought we were rounding the corner into spring (the daffodils are coming up, and some of the cherry blossoms were sprouting through), and then we woke up to the above picture on Sunday. Snow! It feels more like Christmas now, than it did back in December!

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 24.February.2018.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

The only major job we have left to do is to buy and install the grey tank. Seeing as we had week of cold and snow, we’re not getting under the van anytime soon. So, Jonty’s begun the process of emailing local companies who sell water tanks. Hopefully we can get a tank ordered before we head to Australia, and then install it when we return (in hopefully warmer, drier weather!).

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Moby the big grey van snow day

Until that happens, there might not be much news on the Moby front. Time will tell, however!

Pictures from the week of 24.February.2018:

Earlier this week, I had to make a quick, last-minute trip up to Prince Rupert for a site visit. I have never been before, so was oddly excited to go. When I was looking for the directions from the airport to the hospital, I noticed Google Maps told me there was a ferry involved in the journey. A what?!

Yup, the airport is on an island.

And you have to take a ferry to get over to the mainland.

And it’s something like $50 for a return trip.

Really?!

BUT, if you’re a foot passenger, there is a bus that takes you from the airport to the main hotel in Prince Rupert, at that bus is free (i.e. included in your flight price). Weird! So a foot-passenger, I was.

I simply followed the crowd when I got off the plane (the airport is 1 room), and the whole process runs pretty smoothly. You pick up your luggage from the plane and take it to a big truck. The luggage goes onto the big moving truck, and the people go into a small tour bus. The bus then takes you on the ferry (timed perfectly for when the two flights per day leave and arrive) and drives you to the hotel to pick up your luggage. At this point, you walk outside the hotel, just as the taxis come rounding the corner (they all know when the ferry bus arrives). It works like a charm! Weirdly efficient.

Unfortunately, my timing wasn’t that great for getting pictures – my testing took me into the evening, and then my flight out the next morning didn’t allow for enough time to really wander. I didn’t have a car, either, which would have made exploring a bit easier. Next time, perhaps! For now, you just get some pretty pictures from the flight ๐Ÿ™‚

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Prince Rupert BC

I did have dinner at a great little restaurant (Cargo Kitchen), and was able to sample the local brewery (Wheelhouse Brewing Company) – both I would highly recommend, if you ever find your way far up the inside passage of the BC coastline.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Wheelhouse brewing company prince rupert

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Prince Rupert BC

Happy Weekend!

Saturday Snippets: 17.February.2018

With this past Monday being a long weekend in BC, and Valentine’s Day falling mid-week, and a few site visits thrown into the mix, it’s felt like a really short week! No complaints here, though. To the rest of Canada, we hope you enjoy your Family Day long weekend this coming Monday! Next year we’ll finally join in on the same day ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 17.February.2018.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

Last week I had to spend a day over in Nanaimo for work, so we took the opportunity to bring the van over and stay on the island for some of the long weekend. The big highlight of the trip? After almost two years, Moby got his first bath finally! His favourite part? A little scrub behind the wheels ๐Ÿ™‚ It was the best $12 we’ve spent on him!

The other bonus of the weekend was that we were able to gather some data from our second-alternator charging system. All week, we let the batteries run down, and by Saturday morning, we had about 30% charge left. So on the drive from Nanaimo to Victoria, Jonty hooked his laptop up to our Mastervolt controller via USB, and gathered data from the system. I’m hoping he will do a proper post here, because we’ve had some interest from the Instagram community!

We’re the very first customers to use the Mastervolt charge-control system in conjunction with the Nations high-amp alternator and, as far as we’re aware, no other group is able look at their charging data in real-time. It’s kind of exciting! Here are a few graphs showing a very small subset of some data we’re able to look at. In very (very) general terms, we obtain real-time information on alternator temperature, battery voltages and currents, charging rates, etc.

In less than 2 hours of driving time, we were able to completely charge up our batteries, and we didn’t even tax the system to its full potential. So from now on, our off-grid / off-road travels will really only be limited to our fresh water supply!

Weekly progress report:

We’re definitely getting toward the end of this van conversion. Until we figure out the grey water tanks, our weekly updates are going to be a lot of little finishing-up projects. This project this week was installing a slide-out garbage and recycling tray under the sink.

After nearly 2 years of having to custom-fabricate virtually every component in the van, we finally purchased something that required almost no additional work! Ikea, we thank you for selling something that is shorter than the standard household cupboard depth ๐Ÿ™‚ The rollers and tray were UTRUSTA, and the bins (with lids) were VARIERA. All Jonty had to do was to make a mount to attach the rollers to the L-track in the floor! Hallelujah, a quick project!

Pictures from the week of 17.February.2018:

Like I mentioned, we spent last weekend on Vancouver Island. We stayed in Nanaimo for one night in Nanaimo and the second night in Victoria.

While Jonty was washing up the breakfast dishes, I snapped a few pictures of the morning light in the Nanaimo harbour. These were the views we woke up to in the morning – not too shabby, hey? I’m a sucker for a good water reflection ๐Ÿ™‚

And our ride back to Vancouver!

Happy Weekend!

Saturday Snippets: 10.February.2018

How was your week? We’re combining a work + pleasure trip over to Vancouver Island this weekend. We’re traveling in our home away from home, and we’re both pretty excited to try out the new table!

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 10.February.2018.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter conversion updates):

Kitchen Table:

  • We finished putting in the kitchen table in last week, and we figured out a pretty good solution for keeping the table secure in an up position! This means we can drive around with the table up or down, and it’s not going anywhere.

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  • To keep the table in it’s up position, Jonty fabricated a custom spring-loaded twist lock that can easily be inserted into the 80-20. You push the lock in, twist it 90-degrees, and it locks into place. The nice thing about this solution is that it’s not fixed to the 80-20, so we can easily remove the twist lock to open or close the curtains.

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  • A tie-down strap then attaches to the table-leg hole (which is secured to the floor via the L-Track), and can be cinched down nice and tight. It’s a really clean, easy solution that makes stowing the table a cinch!

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  • We wanted a method that wasn’t going to require taking the table top apart and stowing it somewhere, and this totally fits the bill. The table leg is small enough to fit into our catch-all drawer, which is an added bonus!
  • So far, we are absolutely loving the functionality of this table. We’ve often remarked how long it takes to figure out the simple and/or elegant solution to a problem. But taking the extra time to make sure it’s a good solution really relieves those pressure points down the road.

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ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | 20180210-Sprinter-conversion-kitchen-table

Finishing Kitchen Cupboards:

  • We’re now just waiting for the weather to improve, and the rain to stop, before installing the grey tanks (the last major system to finish!).
  • Until that happens, Jonty’s started to work on finishing up some of the little bits and pieces that were not crucial to do previously. One of those was adding a cupboard backing to the one that’s right next to the sliding door. All of our other cupboards use the foam-padded walls of the van, as a cupboard backing. The one adjacent to the sliding door doesn’t have that as an option! Until now, it’s just been open at the back, and we’ve had to minimize what we put in there, so that it doesn’t tumble out.
  • The tricky part to this cupboard backing was to introduce a curve, to align with the curvature of the van wall. I think he’s done a fantastic job!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter conversion - kitchen cabinet updates

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter conversion - kitchen cabinet updates

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter conversion - kitchen cabinet updates

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter conversion - kitchen cabinet updates

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter conversion - kitchen cabinet updates

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter conversion - kitchen cabinet updates

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter conversion - kitchen cabinet updates

I’m not sure what little project we’ll be tackling next week, so stay tuned! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy (BC Family Day) long weekend!

Saturday Snippets: 03.February.2018

Well, hello February! Is anyone else wondering where the heck January went? With us being away last week, the month really seemed to slip by. We had a fantastic week in Disneyland, and will try to post some pictures next week, once I go through them all. We returned to a pretty solid week of rain and, given the picture above, I think I’m still pining for the Californian sun!

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 03.February.2018.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

  • One of my (many!) climbing weaknesses is my pinch strength. Rock and Ice has a good article on how to improve it, if it’s one of your weaknesses, too!
  • We got back from our family trip to Disneyland earlier in the week. We all had such a fantastic time, and both Jonty and I were kind of surprised at how much we enjoyed a theme park! The attention to detail is phenomenal. Probably, in part, to reasons like this – interesting tidbits about working as a Disney Princess.
  • And speaking of theme parks, some of these roller coaster pictures made me laugh out loud.
  • Are you going to be watching the Super Bowl this weekend? We don’t have cable, and we’re not big US football fans, so it’s probably unlikely in our household. BUT, that might not stop us from enjoying some Super Bowl snacks! I wouldn’t say no to any of these!
  • How’s your chocolate cake craving?
  • Do you know that you can now get free WiFi anywhere in Vancouver? Pretty awesome!

On Moby News:

Well we flew back into Vancouver earlier in the week, and wasted no time getting a back to the van work. I would be lying if I said we didn’t suffer from post-vacation blues, but the van work must go on!

We made really good progress on the kitchen table, as in, it’s very nearly done! Jonty modified the stowable shower mount to accommodate the table hinges, and fabricated a table leg to mount into the L-Track in our floor. We’re not sure if this will be our final table leg, but it serves a purpose for the time being.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - kitchen table design

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - kitchen table design

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - kitchen table design

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - kitchen table design

When we want to use the shower, or need additional room in that area, the table easily flips up and the table leg can be stowed. Our plan is to have a strap that connects from the underside of the table to the curtain rod, in order to hold the table in its flipped position. We need to make a few more mounts for that, so we should have those pictures for next week’s post.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - kitchen table design

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - kitchen table design

We still have to Osmo the table, but otherwise, it’s useable! Super exciting, as now the only major system left to install is the grey water tank.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - kitchen table design

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - kitchen table design

Happy Weekend!

Saturday Snippets: 27.January.2018

We’ve been enjoying a family vacation in Disneyland this past week. The sunshine, warm weather and fun times with the family have made a great start to the year!

And so, you’ll have to forgive the brevity of this week’s post. Here’s a few things that caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Our Saturday Snippets for 27.January.2018.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

Pictures from the week of 27.January.2018:

The Schmuland clan (my parents, brother and his family, and me and Jonty) headed down to California this week for a great family vacation! We had no idea what to expect, but with a 3-day pass to Disneyland we had a lot of time to experience all the rides and attractions.

With a group of nine of us there was always something going on, and something to see and do, it was apparently a “quiet” time of year to go, which meant we were able to get on lots of rides (several times) and see many of the sights, without having to deal with massive crowds. To dip our toes into the Disneyland experience, it was perfect for our first time there!

I’m not sure what the last few days will look like for us, but the weather is supposed to be wonderfully warm, so anything outside will be great.

Here’s a few pictures of our first few days in California: Disneyland, hockey games, and blue skies!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Family vacation at Disneyland

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Family vacation at Disneyland

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Family vacation at Disneyland

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Family vacation at Disneyland

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Family vacation at Disneyland

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Family vacation at Disneyland

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Family vacation at Disneyland

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Family vacation at Disneyland

Happy Weekend!