Saturday Snippets: 22.July.2017

Today my Mom is turning the big 6-5 (Happy Birthday, Mom!!), and I’ve flown back home to help her celebrate. She doesn’t know I’m coming, though. So if all goes according to our plan, and nobody slips up, I’m hoping she will be suitably surprised. I’m pretty excited to see the look on her face 🙂

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

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

  • The BC Wildfire situation is still a major concern in our province. There are now over 45,000 evacuees displaced from their homes and communities (that may not even exist anymore),  and the province has brought in numerous wildfire fire fighters from Australia to help with containing the blazes. Every summer brings wildfires in this province, but this year seems to be extra sever. At the time of writing this, there are over 180 fires burning, and apparently over half of them have been started by humans. People – stop throwing your cigarette butts on the ground!!
  • If you’re not living in a furnace, I think this Turkey Pesto Meatloaf would be worth turning the oven on for. And if you ARE living in a furnace, making them into burgers for grilling on the BBQ.
  • I bet there are countless ways you could change up this summer veggie quinoa bowl, and never get tired of it.
  • Do you have any sunglasses that are still perfectly fine, except for a scratched lens? Apparently you can just order new lenses from this website, for tonnes of different sunglasses brands!
  • Did you catch Alex Honnold talking with Jimmy Kimmel about his most recent free-climb ascent in Yosemite? When he describes it, he almost makes it seem like a normal thing to do!

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

  • We started on the platform bed this week!
  • The original thought was to use aluminum angle to form a frame (with a centre bar) and then to use wooden slats (like the Ikea kind) to form the platform. The reason for using aluminum (instead of steel) was to minimize weight issues. The reason for using wooden slats (instead of a solid wooden base) is for ventilation.
  • We purchased and installed aluminum angle along the sides of the van. That seemed to go forward without a hitch.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - building a platform bed

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - building a platform bed

  • Jonty still had concerns about the strength of the aluminum. Because this is a platform frame, it is kind of free-floating and isn’t directly attached to the floor. Deflection and bending of the frame could be a real concern. So he did a few deflection calculations, based on the grade and thickness of aluminum we were planning on using. And, yup, the frame wasn’t going to be strong enough, with the intended design.
  • In order to make the bed frame strong enough, we could either use a lot more aluminum (which would then negate any weight-saving benefits), or we could use steel. So, steel it is! We’re keeping the same design, but using Unistrut steel framing for the cross-bars of the bed.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - building a platform bed

  • So the framing will continue, and hopefully next week, we’ll be able to show you a finished platform bed!

Pictures from the week of 22.July.2017:

We had to pick up more electrical wire for the van (story of our lives) on Monday, so made a pit stop down to Granville Island for a coffee and stroll. As long as we get there early enough (and not on a weekend day), we can always find a place to park Moby 🙂

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - Granville Island

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - Granville Island

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - Granville Island

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - Granville Island

On Tuesday, we headed to a new climbing crag. It’s only about 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver (which is nice) but it does require walking along the highway for a few hundred meters (not that nice). While it didn’t smell smoky, the air quality was definitely compromised in the morning. It still looks kind of pretty, though!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Howe Sound views

By the end of our climbing day, the air had cleared, and we had a nice view of Howe Sound.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Howe Sound views

Happy Weekend!

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!

Saturday Snippets: 24.June.2017

Gosh, the last weekend of June! How did this month go by so quickly? Here’s a few things that caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 24.June.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

I was on vacation this past week, and we really seemed to cram in a lot of work!

Kitchen Galley:

  • We filled all the holes and grooves with West System 105 epoxy (+ 205 Hardener) and covered any areas we thought would be affected by the under-mounted sink. I’ve never worked with epoxy before, so started on the underside of the counter, where I could make mistakes, knowing they would never be seen 🙂
  • When you see the big blobs of amber-coloured epoxy all over the wood, I must admit, I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. Would that amber colour remain? Would you see remnants of the epoxy on the wood? But it turns out the epoxy sands smooth very easily, so we ended up without any overspill on the filling.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - epoxy on butcherblock counter

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - epoxy on butcherblock counter

More CNC-ing:

  • We’ve CNC’d, stained and installed the back and sides of the kitchen counter. Do you like our ventilation holes?!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - galley design

Sewing:

  • We wanted to make use of the 8020 grooves to hang curtains. We bought a strip of nylon glider, which fits into the grooves and cut some into small pieces, then screwed in a small hook into the centre. These act as runners along the length of the 8020!
  • I had a bit of fabric lying around the house, so sewed up a version of what we thought we might want, just to see if the runners would work. They totally do! So now the “real” curtains can be made, once I figure out a colour scheme.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - hanging curtains

Pictures from the week of 24.June.2017:

The Dragonboat Festival is on this weekend. Last weekend we had a rest-day (from climbing) and meandered down along the waterfront. We saw a few of the boats getting last-minute practice in. It was a beautiful afternoon to sit and watch the world go by.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - Olympic Village

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - Olympic Village

Happy Weekend!

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!

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. 🙂

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. 😉
  • 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!