Climbing rocks changed my life. Easy as that. I found a new passion to push myself to my physical and mental limits while immersed in nature. Actually, passion doesn’t quite define it. It’s more than just a mere passion, it’s an absolute obsession. And with all obsessions, be it positive or negative, life must bend … Continue reading Why the Vanlife?
First light. It’s nearly seven in the morning as I slowly make my way through the 15th and 16th pitches (200’, 5.10d) while the sun starts to creep over the horizon. It’s at this moment, as I rest and shake out my arms between moves, that the achievement of a year-long goal starts to finally … Continue reading Time Wave Zero: Living My Dreams
The barking of sea lions and slight crashing of the waves makes it sound like I am parked in the middle of the ocean. Though I’m not actually that close to the water, my anxiety is cranked to 11 and amplifying the sounds. Every footfall is somebody about to knock and every voice is that … Continue reading Inner City Sleeping in a Van
Rock climbing has been an ever-evolving sport. Long gone are the simple days of static-rope leading with a bowline knot tied around your waist. The recent years have shown amazing technological advances in climbing protection which in turn has helped push the limits of our physical abilities. We now climb harder now than ever before. … Continue reading Climb Harder: How to Redpoint Smarter
Congratulations on step two (step one is choosing the van) of the arduous yet fulfilling task of starting your very own van build out. I’m guessing that you have already decided what type of van you’re going to purchase (if you haven't already purchased it) and are now trying to come up with a bunch … Continue reading Van Build Out: Planning the Layout
In early 2015, I decided to ditch my gas guzzling Jeep Wrangler and move on to something more fuel efficient and a tad more comfortable. After all, I was driving more than 60 miles round trip for my daily commute and gas prices in California have never really been conducive for using a vehicle that … Continue reading Living on the Road in a Jeep: Like Vanlife, But Smaller.
My tool sinks into the pale blue ice with a reassuring thud. Sweet. I can feel my body loosen slightly with relief as I look around for my next placement. Ok, wide base. Keep your heels down. Breathe. You’re chillin’ man. No need to rush. With a hollow “pop!” my other Black Diamond Cobra shatters … Continue reading How I Learned To Ice Climb: A Solo Ascent of North Peak
Climbing gear (like food or income tax) is just another one of those expensive life necessities. Other than a sponsorship or scouring a bunch of classic 5.7’s after a holiday weekend, there aren’t many ways to score free gear. Luckily though, once a year, we have the Holiday season to help strong arm and coerce … Continue reading Climbing Gear: A Christmas Gift Guide (or just good gear to buy)
Van dwellers are a nomadic tribe of people with little value in monetary wealth and we don’t need Christmas gifts from loved ones. Right? Wrong. Everyone loves gifts! However, I would be careful when selecting the right gift for your van living loved ones. The vanlife is limited on space and most personal belongings need … Continue reading 11 Almost Essential Items for the Vanlife (Just in Time for Christmas!)
We’ve all been afraid of falling at some point. We’ve all heard stories of fatal climbing accidents. We know about the risks and take the time to assess them. But we all perceive things differently.
According to social media and other forms of inflated self-promotion, the vanlife is nothing but freedom. Wide open roads to drive on, national parks to get lost in, and hammocks strung (illegally) between Joshua trees to nap in. Every night is a new sunset and every day a new adventure. But when was the last … Continue reading Loneliness and Community Through the Vanlife