Somebody once asked, “What mistakes did you make when building your van?” My answer was, “Literally everything.” Building out a van is hard. Things will go wrong. For me, it felt like everything went wrong. What makes the difference, though, is how we react to those mistakes. It’s easy to admit defeat or become discouraged … Continue reading 5 Ways I Went Wrong in my Van Build and What I Recommend.
Living in a van leaves you with a very limited amount of storage space. However, having limited space does NOT mean you need to have a limited rack. It may not be the world's largest gear collection, but what I do have, fits comfortably in the back of my vehicle/home and has given me plenty … Continue reading Trad Climbing: It’s Not the Size of the Rack, But How You Use it.
"Where do you shower?" and "Where do you poop?" are easily two of the most asked questions for any van dweller. And honestly, I'm a little tired of hearing it. So I'm going to write this in hopes that maybe, just maybe, somebody will read it instead of asking me. But I also want to … Continue reading By Popular Demand: How I Poop and Shower in my Van
It’s early February in Joshua Tree National Park. A light breeze whips my shirttail around and causes my already aching legs to tighten a bit more. There is nothing but the slight friction between rubber and rock that is keeping me in place. I hyperfocus on my breathing, desperately moving my hands from bump to … Continue reading My First Lead Climb: Ignorance and Triumph
Living in a van on the road is, without a doubt, one of the most invigorating feelings I’ve ever felt. The air tastes like freedom and every mile a new adventure. One day you’re sliding down waterfalls with your best friend and the next you’re soloing up the Grand Teton in Wyoming. But being stationary … Continue reading Finding Balance: The school life VS the van life
One of the single most important (and tedious) step in starting your vanlife is properly insulating your new mobile home. Insulation will not only keep your metal tube of a house at a reasonable temperature, but it can also drastically cut down on outside noise. The second most important project you’ll perform is installing a … Continue reading Stay Cool: Van Insulation and Fan Installation
Hi! Nice to meet you, I’m Lauren. I’m the one who came along and surprised Justin with a serious relationship after he chose a twin size bed for his van's buildout. (Okay, it’s actually slightly smaller than a twin size bed. I was being generous.) Anyway, it's very cuddle-y. And don’t forget, Achilles is a … Continue reading A man, a van, and a dog: How they stole my heart
Traditional rock climbing is a quickly evolving art in a modern world. Sadly, a growing demographic of climbers don't think it's worth the risk involved. But is it really that dangerous? Or are people just becoming too accustomed to the safe environment provided to us by gyms and sport climbing? Regardless, that's not what this … Continue reading Becoming a Trad Climber: A Rite of Passage
Congratulations! You’ve decided to live in a van. Whether it’s a part-time gig, a full-time lifestyle, or dirtbag climber van, choosing a vessel to call home is still a big decision. And depending on your needs, the type of van for you may differ from the norm. Though I personally live in a 144” wheelbase … Continue reading Choosing the Right Van for Your Vanlife
So, you want to embark on a van-dwelling adventure but not sure whether to bring Fido or not? No problem! I’ve had my tiny life companion sharing the van with me for two years with minimal issues. That being said, there are some things to consider. You probably shouldn't just throw your dog in the … Continue reading Vanlife With a Dog: Achilles the Copilot