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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ™‚
  • 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, โ€œHoly crap we need to turn off the power now!โ€ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ On Monday,ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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!

Saturday Snippets: 22.April.2017

We’re in Victoria for the weekend, and hopefully the weather is going to hold! We’ve got our bikes walking shoes and our climbing gear and our growlers ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

  • For the most part, I’m not good at stretching. It’s not in my daily routine, so I forget. Perhaps it should be my goal to incorporate at least one of these stretches into my day.
  • Whether you climb or not, this sweet potato and avocado burrito should satisfy all taste buds.
  • The science of weird food pairings. This was definitely not one of my physics courses offered at university.
  • At first, I was drawn to the gorgeous colour of this green sauce. Adding miso? Colour me intrigued!
  • Sometimes, you just need a good piece of really-dark-chocolate cake. Simple and unpretentious. This looks to be that cake.
  • It’s everyone’s favourite season in Vancouver – Attack-of-the-Crow Season! Yup, we’re entering those magical few months when you feel like you’re being followed, tormented and dive-bombed by those avian creatures. I wish I could find something nice to say about them (because I know they’re just protecting their young) but I can’t. They follow me and freak me out. Jonty thinks my fear is irrational, but I beg to differ!

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

The Electrical:

  • For whatever reason, it felt like a slow week on the van conversion. Well, only in that I was working most of the week and Jonty was updating some of our electrical schematics, and doing a bit more prototyping. So it was a bit of a computer week.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - electrical diagrams

The Fridge:

  • We did get the fridge fully installed and secured to the L-track and 80-20, so that is good. That sucker is solid!!
  • Jonty cnc’d one more mount for under the middle of the fridge, finishing that part of the set-up.
ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - fridge mounts for L-track

The black fridge mounts are bolted to the L-track (through the van floor) and then connected to the 80-20 extrusion on the top. The fridge is then connected to the 80-20.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - fridge mounts for L-track

Having a bit of a laugh while installing the fridge mounts. These three mounts will connect the 80-20 to the L-track. The fridge is then connected to the 80-20, and thus to the van floor. Solid!

The Galley:

  • Yesterday we found out that our sink (which was supposed to be delivered last week … then Tuesday… then Thursday….) has officially gone missing. Big bummer. Some employee must really love RV-sized double sinks! At least Amazon recognized the unfortunate disappearing package was not our doing, we’ve been refunded the price already. But we still need to order another one, which will probably take another 3 or 4 weeks (because they weren’t in stock). Again, bummer.

Pictures during the week of 22.April.2017:

We’re in Victoria this weekend for a bit of a getaway. The weather was absolutely glorious on the ferry ride over, and you better believe we tried to soak up as much Vitamin D as possible! We’ll need it, as the weather is supposed to turn rainy again today (hence, no bikes). But we’re used to this; it will just be nice to enjoy the new scenery.

So, next week there should hopefully be a few pictures from our weekend away. For today, you get ferry pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | BC Ferry ride to Victoria BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | BC Ferry ride to Victoria BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | BC Ferry ride to Victoria BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | BC Ferry ride to Victoria BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | BC Ferry ride to Victoria BC

Happy Weekend!

Saturday Snippets: 15.April.2017

Happy Easter Long Weekend! Do you have any plans? We’re hoping the weather will hold for us to get a few good bike rides in, probably some van work, and definitely some good food!

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Our Saturday Snippets for 15.April.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

The Awning:

  • Check out the automatic awning – it just works! Just ignore my barking orders ๐Ÿ™‚
  • We had a lot of rain since we cut the hole in the roof, and so far, no leaks. Always a bonus.

The Galley:

  • We finally started working on the galley this week. Which means we have at long last moved the fridge out of the living room in our apartment and into the van. Our apartment feels so spacious now!
  • The first big question was how to attach the fridge to the 80-20 frame and then attach that to the L-track in the floor. The second question was how we were going to thermally isolate the (metal) 80-20 frame from the (metal) L-track on the floor.ย We’ve got a plan, which we think is going to be pretty bomber.
  • Jonty spent the next few days prototyping fixtures and fittings, using the CNC to cut out the pieces we need. So far so good! We needed a few more parts (correct length screws, etc) but should have it all together by the end of the weekend.
ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter conversion - installing the fridge

The NovaKool fridge framed into the 80-20 galley. There will be enough room to place a shallow drawer above the fridge (and below the counter).

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter conversion - installing the fridge

The fridge is attached to the 80-20 frame with a simple aluminum attachment (CNC-milled in aluminum by Jonty, specifically for this purpose).

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter conversion - installing the fridge

The wooden mount fits under the fridge. It will be bolted through the L-Track in the floor (centre) and through the 80-20 (side holes).

Next up:

  • Our sink should arrive shortly, so we’re hoping to start prototyping the counter top out of cheap MDF. We’ll be able to play around with the fit of our induction cooktop and sink, and figure out if we need any additions to the 80-20 frame at all.
  • Then it’s probably more wiring and electrical work. It’s been quite time-consuming for Jonty, but he’s done such an amazing job!!

Pictures from the week of 15.April.2017:

The weather has still been a mixed bag. We had one nice day last weekend and were able to get out for a quick 15 km cycle. Then the other nice day was spent working on the van… which was glorious. We had the side door open, and only had to wear 2 layers, and I squinted into the sunshine for most of the afternoon. Bliss!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver cherry blossoms

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver Maker Labs murals - blue sky

The other few days at MakerLabs have been grey and soggy. On one of the grey days, I snapped a few pictures of the area. If you know Vancouver at all, you’re probably aware of the Strathcona area, which borders onto the Downtown Eastside. We park the van inside the locked gate at Maker Labs, but can see what’s going down in โ€œthe hoodโ€ throughout the day.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver murals at Maker Labs

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver murals at Maker Labs

Most days, we see a minimum of 2 or 3 ambulance call-outs (dealing with the drug overdoses), a variety of people spaced out on something, and far too many people who are generally just trying to get by.

But if you look past some of the dark corners, you see the brightness, too. Murals cover many buildings in the area, and a local community garden (run, in part by some of the homeless people in the neighbourhood) is right across the back alley. Many artists live and work in the area, and there are great coffee shops and cafes everywhere.

It’s an interesting area and, I hope Vancouver will be able to find a way to help those people who need it, without forcing them out of their community.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver murals at Maker Labs

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver murals at Maker Labs

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver murals at Maker Labs

For better or for worse, there’s never a dull moment when we’re at work ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Long Weekend!

Saturday Snippets: 08.April.2017

This felt like a really busy week, what with a few site visits + tax season + van work… Suddenly we’re back at Saturday again! I had a few other posts in the queue to publish this past week, but it was not meant to be. So here’s to next week ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 08.April.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

  • We finished our power training last week – we changed up some of our campus routine and tried to maintain a two-day rest in between campus sessions. I think both changes were a success, and our last session ended on a high note! Now we’re onto a round of power-endurance – bring on the forearm pump!
  • I love Lara Bars – these homemade cashew cookie dough versions look like the perfect climbing fuel.
  • Do you have a favourite donut? I’ve got a major soft-spot for Boston Creme donuts, which is why these cupcakes caught my eye!
  • Are you getting enough protein?
  • Does anyone have any good book recommendations? I’m in a blah phase at the moment, so I’m always on the hunt!
  • Photographers document how quickly some of the worlds biggest glaciers have been receding over the recent years. It’s quite a stark contrast (use the slider bar in the middle of each picture).

On Moby News (aka Sprinter Van Conversion):

Awning:

  • We had two dry days this past week, so we made use of them and finished hooking up the awning motor. This required drilling another hole in the roof of the van, so a dry day was key.
  • The cables go from the awning motor, through a waterproof cable clam that, and then down into the inside of the van. We’ve wrapped cable conduit around the wires that are exposed on the roof. So far so good – no leaking roof!
  • Yesterday, Jonty wired connected the wires to the awning controller, and we now have an electrically extending and retracting awning! Very exciting ๐Ÿ™‚

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - installing a Fiamma awning motor

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - installing a Fiamma awning motor

More electrical:

  • Jonty has been prototyping boards that will house all of our electronic controls and displays. He thinks he’s nearing a version that has all the parts we’ve installed so far. The finished product will eventually be mounted above our inverter and electrical panels.
  • Tidying up all the wires and cabling, tucking everything into flexible cable conduit. There’s something very satisfying about seeing all the clutter disappear ๐Ÿ™‚
  • An electrical part returned from being re-programmed. Now it reports values consistent with other components and the multimeter – finally it all works as expected!!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - control panel board

More wall panels:

  • This time for finished the sliding door (top and bottom) as well as the thin panels in between the back windows. I’m not going to lie – some of the covering is tedious, requiring me to use spray adhesive and a good old needle-and-thread, but we’ve been extremely happy with the end result!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - covering wall panels

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - covering wall panels

Pictures from the week of 08.April.2017:

I spent a day over in Sechelt last week, for a site visit. I love taking the early morning ferry – the clouds were starting to burn off, and the short 40 minute hop over to the Sunshine Coast was gave me enough time to snap a few pictures. There were only a handful of people on the outer deck, which made it nice and quiet for me to sit and enjoy the view.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Travel to Sechelt BC

I was near the front of the ferry for off-loading – it’s quite fun to see the doors of the berth opening, to reveal your destination.

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ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Travel to Sechelt BC

It was mid-afternoon when I finished my site visit, and I had a few hours to kill before my afternoon ferry was scheduled to head back to Vancouver. There’s a long straight road heading into Sechelt that runs right along the ocean, and it’s a great place to walk along the beach and enjoy the view.

Blue skies or grey skies, I find something so peaceful and mesmerizing about staring out into the ocean. I’m pretty sure many West Coasters feel this way, too!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Travel to Sechelt BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Travel to Sechelt BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Travel to Sechelt BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Travel to Sechelt BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Travel to Sechelt BC

Happy Weekend!