Choosing to Leave Full Time Vanlife

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Choosing to Leave Full Time Vanlife

It’s 70 degrees outside. My air conditioner isn’t working and hot dry air comes blasting out of the vents. The check engine light is on, had been for the last 1,000 miles. 

I glance at the dashboard clock, 7:49am.

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Drinking Myself Dry

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Drinking Myself Dry

I drove my van into the desert, and I didn’t drink. I spent nights alone in my van listening to the sounds of people slurring their words and signing late into the night around a campfire. I met a mormon girl with a German Shepard and we woke up at 6am to watch the pink sunrise with mugs of tea. The startling clarity of the morning sunk in through my eyes, my ears and my mouth, and it woke me up better than any cup of coffee. 

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Loneliness

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Loneliness

I’ve been living in the van for over two years now, and when I started making these videos and answering questions people had, I kept seeing the question ‘How are you not alone?’ Or ‘how do you make friends on the road?’ And at first I was like ‘psh thats not a real problem people have, don’t worry about it!’ 

And then I started to think about it, and I thought back to the very first week I spent in my van alone. 

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Being A Yosemite Climbing Steward

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Being A Yosemite Climbing Steward

To be a steward of climbing, to take care of and preserve a sport is a strange concept. The sport is alive and well and does not need caring for. What needs tending to is the natural spaces this sport inhabits. To be a climbing steward in Yosemite is to protect the rocks, the trails, the vegetation, and the trees.

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Is Solo Female Vanlife Safe?

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Is Solo Female Vanlife Safe?

The truth is, solo female travel is the schrodingers cat of safety.

You both are, and are not safe the entire time you are traveling, and you only know which one it ends up being at the end of your trip. The risk being, you’ll either be totally fine, or you’ll be dead.

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What’s it like living in a National Park during a Government Shutdown?

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What’s it like living in a National Park during a Government Shutdown?

We see two people soloing intersection rock in the distance, one is possibly naked and the other is wearing a pair of hot pink booty shorts. 

Mike grabs the binoculars, “Yep. He’s definitely naked.” 

5 minutes later the naked guy rides by on a bike. There’s a chalk bag clipped to his waist that is almost covering his junk, and he hollers loudly as he wizzes past. “ANARCHY!”

“Well,” Mike puts his hands on his hips, “that happened quickly.”

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Citylife + Vanlife: Working and Thriving

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Citylife + Vanlife: Working and Thriving

Vanlife isn't always a vacation, sometimes it's just a financial reality.

The first thing you should do if you know you are going to be in a city full time for a while is get a PO box! This is essential because you can have an address in the city for all your important documents to get delivered to. Post office boxes can cost between $19-$75 a month depending on the size and location of the box. 

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Citylife + Vanlife: Being Comfortable

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Citylife + Vanlife: Being Comfortable

The first thing you should do is lock your door every time you leave your van, put up your blinds and hide your valuables. Fortunately for me my van kind of looks like a piece of shit from the outside and I’ve never had anyone try to break into it, but I do know a few girls who have been sleeping in their cars/vans and woken up to the sound of someone trying to break in!

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Citylife + Vanlife: Basic Survival

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Citylife + Vanlife: Basic Survival

Livin' in a van in a city actually kinda sucks. 

There are a lot of benefits to living in a van, and I know many people who chose to do the vanlife thing in a city. It's great for them! But in my experience, it kinda sucks. That's why, after getting stuck in Grand Junction Colorado for a week and then getting even more stranded back in Santa Cruz for a few weeks, I decided to put together a little guide for staying happy and sane in the van in a city/town. Hopefully this will help y'all out if you have to hang out in a mechanics shop for a bit longer than you would have liked. 

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Sprinter Van Add On - Hangboard Mount

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Sprinter Van Add On - Hangboard Mount

If you've been following me for a long time you KNOW I have been meaning to do this for a while. If you haven't been following me for a long time, then welcome! This is the DIY hangboard set up for my 2006 Dodge Sprinter Van. 

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Transmission Issues

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Transmission Issues

Kate and I are cruising down highway 191 headed back to Indian Creek after getting rained out of Castle Valley.

We had been planning on climbing the North Face of Castleton and Fine Jade, two excellent (and challenging) climbs, but the weather decided otherwise. 

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Vanlife Lessons: Year 2

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Vanlife Lessons: Year 2

I've been living in a van for two years as of today! Yay! 

It's been a really crazy two years, and one of the most recent challenges for me has been managing my personal health and well being.

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Desert Towers

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Desert Towers

When I first met Kate, she was in her standard post climbing attire. 

Sundress, spandex shorts, Birkenstocks. We were hanging out at a dirtbag potluck, which is basically just a bunch of climbers hanging out in a parking lot and sharing food together. I was instantly drawn to her bubbly attitude and her impressive list of badass climbs she had been ticking off in Squamish. Kate wasn't afraid to go for it.

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