Finding Balance: The school life VS the van life

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

A man, a van, and a dog: How they stole my heart

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

Becoming a Trad Climber: A Rite of Passage

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

Choosing the Right Van for Your Vanlife

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

Vanlife With a Dog: Achilles the Copilot

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

Review: Trango Ration Pack

Lucky me! I recently received a new multipitch bag from Trango.  And let me tell you, I had no idea how much difference a little bag like that could make.   I’ve yet to have been lucky enough to take it out on any crazy alpine expeditions or anything crazy yet.  However, my partner and I … Continue reading Review: Trango Ration Pack

Van Solar Power Setup. Tips and Calculations.

One of the most asked questions, by far, is how Frieda powers herself.  The non-vanlifers are usually pretty amazed just to find out its solar power.  However, the veterans of our craft obviously already know that and are simply inquiring about the more important specs.  I already covered the basics in The Basic Build-out of … Continue reading Van Solar Power Setup. Tips and Calculations.

Climbing Season in Joshua Tree

The J-tree climbing season is right around the corner, and if you live in or around Southern California, chances are that you’re just as stoked as I am!  Joshua Tree is a 1,200 square mile sea of orange granite with a rich history in the climbing community. Many of the greats cut their teeth (and hands) … Continue reading Climbing Season in Joshua Tree

Frieda: The Sprinter Campervan

To the right eye, Frieda can be quite the head turner.  And to anyone interested in the vanlife she is definitely a conversation starter!  Sadly, I never documented the build out of my van to share with everyone. It seemed like a lot of work, and I didn't realize at the time how much it … Continue reading Frieda: The Sprinter Campervan

Why the Vanlife?

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?