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Van Life

#vanlife ...   So I have done it. I bought a van. Built it out. and now have to post about it. That is what you do right? I purchased the van in mid September off the lot. Sold my Fourwheel Camper, and had to build it out as fast as I possibly could since I stay in it for my job quite often. So here are some photos of the process. I bought it from a Freightliner dealer in South Carolina. It is a 144 wheelbase with high roof and 4x4. The first trip I did in it was to the New River Craggin Classic and I had just gotten it so I used NRS straps and put my grandfathers old recliner...

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2012 Fourwheel Camper for sale

2012 Eagle Fourwheel Camper For Sale $10,400 $9,800 Obo I am selling my camper that fits on a mid sized truck. Please contact me at karstendelap@yahoo.com. This is a shell model that was customized. I have used it to hang out in the mountains for weeks to ski and climb.   Mechanical Camper Jacks (4 corner) Upgrade to Aluminum Jack Brackets Furnace w/ propane tanks & cabinet Power Roof Vent (Fantastic Fan) Screen Door 8' Side Awning Side Awning Light Rear Awning Yakima Roof Racks (Track System) Standard 5 foot Length w/ locks Rear Wall Steps Rear...

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Fox Mountain Guides Summer Camp

I have been working with the Fox Mountain Guides Rock Climbing Summer Camp in some capacity for the last 9 years. It has been ever evolving into a very high end teen climbing camp where teenagers come to experience climbing for the first time and after a few years leave having lead multi-pitch climbs and learned technical rescue skills that most adults would be envious of. Some of these campers have gone on into the world to pursue guiding, as well as a couple students are even professional climbing athletes and now pushing the leading edge of climbing today. Here is a little preview of what...

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Rescue in Michigan

The Michigan Ice fest had another awesome year and the turnout was amazing! Ice climbing in the U.P. has really grown just like it has around the rest or the U.S. This of course means folk trying things that maybe push their abilities a little over the edge and they can wind up in some trouble. Here is the incident report I put together for ANAC:   Rescue Report February 17, 2017 Rescuers: Jeff Whit Sam Magro Carlos Beuler Karsten Delap   The call from the 911 center to Bill Thompson happened about 6:45 PM. The call came through that there was a climber that...

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Bad Decisions and the EDK

It is incredible that we are still referring to the Flat Overhand as the “EDK” let alone having Rock and Ice magazine tell people it is unsafe, should be thought of “like the 13th floor”, and not use it. Rock and Ice Article I just went to some continuing education at the American Mountain Guides Association’s annual conference where I sat in on a great talk by Silas Rossi on how as humans we just make bad decisions. This clinic was held at the Petzl institute about a half hour after some of the worlds most experienced guides tested the flat overhand for the millionth time. Now Silas,...

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