Live That Van Life

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Sunny Stroeer


INSTAGRAM: @sstroeer

I think vanlife means to be open to adventure and do things spontaneously - go here, stay there, make a detour to unexpected places. Because of that, I have a number of adventures and places that I absolutely want to experience, rather than a full itinerary for the year. I set out from Houston at the beginning of February, working my way West (and North-ish) - exploring Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas Panhandle, playing in the dunes of White Sands National Monument, climbing obscure multi-pitch routes at Cochise Stronghold in Arizona, running a 55k trail run in Moab the day before Valentine’s Day and finally (for now) landing in the San Juan Mountains for a couple weeks of ice climbing, avalanche safety education and backcountry skiing. It's been a whirlwind! Looking forward, I plan to travel more slowly - cover less ground and soak up the wonders of vanlife more leisurely. My 'must-do' adventures for the spring and summer are: Rope-solo a big wall - I’ve got my eyes set on Space Shot in Zion, over 2-3 days in April. Go on a multi-day SUP exploration of Glen Canyon and Lake Powell, paddling through canyons during the day, stopping for some deep water solo along the way, and finding lakeside spots to set up my hammock at night. Show my mom and her husband (who are German and live over there, but will come visit in May) around the Golden Circle: Zion, Bryce, the Grand Canyon, the San Rafael Swell, Arches, Canyonlands, Escalante, and Vermillion. Spend most of June in Yosemite and climb my first big routes in the Valley. Hang out in Silverton/Ouray for the 2016 Hardrock 100 Mile Endurance Race in July, to get to know the course and support friends. Make my way north to the Bugaboos for classic mountaineering objectives in August. And once I’m in Canada… who knows!

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