Month: December 2014

For the Love of Climbing

I don’t know many people that would willingly lend a complete stranger a few hundred dollars. You can’t trust anyone these days – or at least that’s what my grandma tells me. But she’s right. We live in a world where people can’t fall asleep unless they know their front door is locked; a world where locking your car doesn’t always keep people from stealing your iPod or wallet. This past summer I went for a long solo run on mountain trails through Grand Teton National Park. When friends and family heard that I went by myself, most responded with, “wow, be careful out there” or “really, you’re not scared?”. And they weren’t referring to the bears or potential storm clouds – they were referring to the people. Maybe it’s for good reason, but the climbing community has reminded me that although there may be a great deal to fear in today’s world, there is also an amazing amount of generosity and kindness. When Adam and I stopped at Zion National Park in May of …

Welcome!

Welcome to Bomber Cams, Sinker Jams – a site dedicated not only to climbing, but to life on the road! Adam and I live full time in a GMC Safari we converted into home. We prefer mountain ranges to city skylines, freedom to security, and adventure to routine. We find happiness in simplicity. But most of all, we love to climb – especially splitter cracks! Before we committed to living full time as climbing “dirtbags”, I scoured the internet trying to find inspiration and resources to aid in the transition. While I was able to piece together bits from here and there, I never found that go-to source of information I was looking for. After spending about two years on the road, we have learned a great deal about what works and an even greater deal about what doesn’t work. I’m hoping this site can serve as a resource and a source of inspiration for other dirtbags, perspective van dwellers, or anyone who wants to better understand why we decided to live our lives the …

Ode to Vagabonds

What is home? As someone who lives in a car, someone who has been referred to as “homeless” on more than one occasion, this is something I am constantly trying to define. <a href="”> Read More…

Chickpea Salad (aka Fake Tuna Salad)

One of my favorite, easy to make, go-to meals is this fake tuna salad recipe. I often make a big batch of this the night before, using a portion for dinner and bringing the leftovers for lunch at the crag the following day. It’s super versatile – you can eat it as a salad, make cold sandwiches with greens and tomato, or (my favorite) make a grilled “tuna” melt sandwich. Chickpea Salad (aka Fake Tuna Salad) 15 oz. garbanzo beans (mashed) 2 tbsp. mayonnaise 2 tsp. spicy brown mustard 1 tbsp. pickles (chopped) 1/2 onion (chopped) In a medium bowl, combine beans, mayonnaise, mustard, pickles, onions, and add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. *I make variations of this recipe depending on the ingredients I have available. I will leave out pickles and add in diced tomatoes, as I often  have a can of those on hand. Dirtbag Tip: Save mustard and mayonnaise packets from restaurants to use in this recipe!