The Vans of BLUE ICE

2017 will be remembered as the “Golden Age of the Van.” The boxy, slow rollers are no longer owned by creepy gypseys living down by the river. Now, vans are the hippest mode of transportation for pro-climbers, trendy vagabonds, and professional Instagram models.


The allure of #vanlife isn’t difficult to understand. As climbers, our road dwelling, itinerant lifestyle is a perfect match. The van is our transportation, our living room, our bedroom and even our kitchen. It protects us from inclement weather at the crag, hauls all our gear, and takes us to far off corners of the continent. Vans aren’t fast, but it is no mystery why they are so popular.


The employees BLUE ICE are not immune to latest vehicular fashion. Here is a summary of the vans you’ll find in our parking lots…


Clementine Junique- Marketing Coordinator


Make/Model/Year
- 2006 Citroën Jumpy

Odometer Reading-  200 000 km (125,000 miles)

Does your van have a nickname? “El Jumpy”


What kind of major repairs/changes have you done?

We replaced the entire exhaust pipe because of the road salt in winter. And, we have these amazing custom Giraffe seat covers.


Where was your most unusual Van bivy (emergency sleeping place)?

Under a beautiful church clock in Italy.


What’s the longest/furthest/best trip(s) you’ve done in the van?

The best was to Corsica. It’s the perfect destination for rock climbing and stunning beaches. All the landscapes in one little Island.

The longest was a month in Croatia, but subtract two nights in Venice on the way back where we splurged on a hotel room. What a change!


Do you have a good/scary/epic story about your van?

Once in Valthorens, it was so cold that when we woke up everything was frozen Inside.

But another is the opposite: we have a solar shower, and the best feeling is to take a hot shower in front of the ocean.

 

Peter Wilk- Design Engineer


2005 GMC Safari

157,500 mi (253,000 km)

Aka « Wanda the Wanderer »


What kind of major repairs/changes have you done?

We put on a lift and bigger, all terrain tires.  We built a small deck in the back for sleeping in the van. We added a custom roof rack to hold the large roof box. We put a swivel base to the passenger seat. And lastly, we added a 2.5m square awning to shield us from the Utah sun and occasional rain.


Where was your most unusual Van bivy (emergency sleeping place)?

Once, we bivyed at a rest stop in Fillmore UT on our way back from Red Rocks, NV. This was before the lift kit and new, all terrain tires. It was late November there was heavy snow in the forecast. We decided to leave early and stayed to beat the snow.


What’s the longest/furthest/best trip(s) you’ve done in the van?

We haven't taken it out for more than 4 days. It turns out starting a new office location for Blue Ice takes a lot of time.


Do you have a good/scary/epic story about your van?

Once returning from ice climbing in Bozeman, MT there was a white out blizzard. Driving a white van in a blizzard at 20mph is stressful.

 

Charlie Boas- Sales & Marketing North America


2000 VW Euro Campervan

Aka “Edgar” (my grandfather)

100,000 miles (160,000 km)


What kind of major repairs/changes have you done?

We put in a lift with new, bigger tires. But we need a new passenger door… That was my fault. It turns out that Van vs. Concrete Column = Column Wins.


Where was your most unusual Van bivy (emergency sleeping place)?

We slept at a gas station in Beaver, UT. It was Friday night on a three day weekend, when out ignition coil pack broke. We were able to have a part delivered early Saturday morning, saving our whole trip.


What’s the longest/furthest/best trip(s) you’ve done in the van?

Eight days to the Eastside Sierra Nevada in California. We went to Tioga Pass and Touloume Meadows near Yosemite Valley. We hiked and bouldered at 10,500 ft (3200 m) by Mt. Conness. Amazing.


Do you have a good/scary/epic story about your van?

Driving to Red Rocks, NV near Las Vegas, we were pushed by a big gust of wind almost off the road and into the cactus. It was terrifying. 


Alberto Giolitti- CFO/Godfather


2007Volkwagen - Transporter

200.623 km in the last reincarnation

“Il Camion”, “ The truck”.


What kind of repairs/changes have you done?:

Just the necessary things, no major change on mechanical side. On the recreational side everything is handcrafted by Olimpia and Carlotta (the women of my life), myself and the contribution of friends. But mechanically I'm a disaster, and the Truck engines have often had irreversible debacles.


Where was your most unusual Van bivy?

Somewhere in downtown Palermo, Italy with five other vans. We parked in circles like an Indian camp.


What’s the longest/furthest/best trip you’ve done in the van?

Crossing the Scandinavian peninsula until just a few miles from the Artic Circle.


Do you have a good/scary/epic story about your van?

I consider “The Truck” an abstract entity that has been reincarnated several times, following the rhythm  of my life. From the first used Bedford to the current Volkwagen,the nickname has remained intact over the years. “The Truck" (“Il camion" in italian) means not just for transporting people, but also to carry the stuff for doing what you love; Traveling, Climbing, Running, Biking.

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