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?
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
We aren’t just talking about a shoe (sandal?) that can walk through rivers and up mountains with general ease. We are talking about a status symbol that you choose to wear on your feet. Nothing says “I care more about function than style” like strapping on some kicks designed in the paleolithic era and shit … Continue reading Hashtag Chaconation: Liberate Your Toes, Liberate Your Soul
Van dwelling is different for everyone. We’ve all come into this through different walks of life. A great many of us are outdoor enthusiasts and some are just college students or 9-5er’s trying to make ends meet. Regardless of what brought you to the mobile life (why I chose the vanlife), and regardless of what … Continue reading Van Dwelling: Being Houseless Isn’t Being Homeless
Back in July, Justin and I made our way out to Lander, Wyoming for the 25th annual International Climbers Festival. I have a serious case of imposter syndrome and I know that I’m not exactly what you would call a “crusher”. I mean, I just started climbing a little more than a year ago and … Continue reading How I Learned to Climb: Humble Beginnings and Headspace