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Denver Lee
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My two good friends and I have been preparing to go out and squat some land somewhere around oregon, washington, or idaho. We are going to be heading out soon after the winter lets up to go search for some places and get started.

Right now we are gathering tools, seeds, food and other supplies. We have been studying, practicing and playing around with permaculture for the past year while working on farms trying to gain as much hands on experience as we can in this type of wilderness off grid sustainable lifestyle.

We are going to need an extra set of hands to help us with building an underground house a root celler, and several greenhouses.


anyone interested?
Questions?
Ideas/tips?
 
David Mcgowan Hicks
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bring good books.
 
Shannon Sylte
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I'd like to help!
I'm hibernating/studying this coming winter in Pennsylvania and have plans on heading West in the Spring for a Permaculture endeavor, although none concrete enough to motivate me yet. I am

Can you tell me more about your plans and who's helping?

-Shannon

shannonmariesylte@gmail.com
 
Robert Ray
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Tread lightly, having seen what destruction can be done by marijuana farmers and what some have done to springs for irrigation of their crop is sad indeed. Sounds like fun, but squat with thoughtful regard of property that is not yours. Far easier to find remote viable areas on the western side of the cascades.
 
John Galt
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I would be interested in visiting to see what you are up to and help if possible. My girlfriend and I are looking to buy land in the PNW (probably N. Idaho) and will be visiting again in February. We also have plans to build an underground house.
 
David Hartley
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I can't think of too many locations out here in the PNW wilderness where one would be physically able to build a home underground... Just saying {shrug} Massive tree root systems will put a quick halt to such a notion.
 
Terri Matthews
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The BIG trouble I see is that after several years of work you might get kicked off the land you are squatting at. That would be a tragedy!

As for greenhouses, my husband talked me into a kit but I regret that. Honestly, if you can build a frame of pressure treated wood you can make hoops of plastic pipes and then fasten a plastic greenhouse cover over it. Have you read Elliot Coleman's books? He raises vegetables for sale in Maine in a similar manner, though I think he uses metal hoops instead of plastic.

We have had a few nights in the single digits, and I still have beets and onions in mine. I covered the growing beds with cheap plastic paint tarps when it got very cold, as Mr. Coleman advized, and it works a treat! There is very little new growth during the winter, but the vegetables stay in excellent condition!

You might want to drift by this area: http://www.unitedcountry.com/search06/SearchViewProperty.asp?SID=129524735&Item=773647&Lcnt=&Page=1&Office=36059&No=36059-78487&AU=N&FT=P

With prices so low, I suspect that there are not too many people. Just guessing. On an ealier page it says they were wanting $10,500 for 9,85 acres. http://www.unitedcountry.com/search06/SearchResults.Asp?SID=129524735&Lcnt=&AU=N&RF=N
 
Doug Mac
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If you work in the 'normal' world and live super cheap, you can save up enough money for remote land. Then you would own it and no one could kick you off. It would be really sad to be kicked off after several years work. Once you squat, you may not be able to generate enough money to ever buy the land or the owner might not be willing to sell it. I don't know the issues of squatting on Fed land, but if you squatted on MY land, you'd be dealing with one pissed off fellow.

The other issue is that you can get hurt. How do you get help? I played sports in high school and college and am very coordinated. In my construction career, I have broken my hand, broken my upper jaw with the loss of two teeth (that was a bloody one), hurt my back (badly) and got a piece of steel in my eye (sticking in the the eye ball). Access to medical help is important for illness also.

I live near a small rural town now and even in town there aren't enough doctors.

I don't mean to poo poo your idea, just to point out some issues. Good Luck what ever you choose to do!
 
S Bengi
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If you are just going to do it for 5yrs to save up some money or experiment or to restore nature, then maybe.
But if this is where you plan to live while you grow old. DONT DO IT.
I have seen 2 acres of land for less than $5k in very fertile but humid place.

So assuming it is only for a few years to restore nature, try out permaculture, etc.
How will you make pocket money. A farmers market stand? What type of housing: tiki, tent, geodesic, earthbag?
A movable RV/5th wheel sounds like the best idea.
 
Rufus Laggren
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If you're heading for true wilderness... Be low key, humble, maybe a little dumb, with the peeps you happen on (or who happen on you). Peaceable. Don't lay your cards on the table too soon if at all. Some folks who take to wilderness have really really good reasons to not want people around. Not all are what they look like nor look like what they are. You're probably not the only honchos out there playing by a whole different set of rules.

And Doug Mac tells it straight: A small group 4 days or more from any "modern" resources shouldn't sally forth each day with the same casual elan as they have all their past lives. You may carry some of the accumulated knowledge of our huge culture but by yourselves you carry essentially _none_ of the power and backup that you grew up with. Chances are your cell phone won't work. Mayhap that's a good thing, just what you want. But be humble. Be a little scared. You're in unfamiliar territory. It's the best kind of insurance - preventive.

Hope y'all have gallons of good clean hair raising hard working fun and tell us about it sometime.

Rufus
 
Terri Matthews
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If your cell phone DOES work, then you can call for help from Life Flight if there is an accident.

And, I believe they make solar power chargers for cell phones.
 
Doug Mac
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Relying on cell phones in most of rural America is a joke. I live a couple of miles outside of town and I'm on the edge of coverage.

I'm not saying, "Don't do this." I'm saying that you need a plan. What will you eat till crops come in? What will you do in a medical emergency? The worst threat is not broken bones but uncontrolled bleeding. Think of what other problems you could have and plan for them.

What Rufus says about the folks you meet in the woods.... Yep, I second that. There are a lot of 'growers' in northern California. Most are armed and many are paranoid. Stay away from them. P.S. the feds can see them in satellite pics, just like google earth but more up to date and different wave lengths.
 
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