Ed Bossle

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since Dec 04, 2017
Alaska-Talkeetna Mountains
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I live off grid in interior Alaska on 12.5 acres. 480 square foot cabin with loft, outhouse, detached shower sauna, workshop and ATV/snow machine shed.

I’m  50, 6’ 2” tall, 230 pounds, active and athletic. I’m looking for someone (woman) that may want to try living off grid, (seriously off grid... ) but in a rather extravagant setting. The cabin has two solar systems and the workshop has a third small system. Propane stove and oven.  Blaze King Princess Wood-stove in the cabin for heat and another wood-stove in the shower sauna. Oil drip heater in the workshop. Water catchment system for summer rains (pumps filtered water straight to the sink) and winter I either melt snow or cut a hole in the lake ice for water.

Lots of wildlife. Bears (both black and grizzly) and wolves so being handy with a firearm and actually carrying one 100% of the time is required. Moose, caribou, wolverine, marten, beaver, coyote, ermine, ptarmigan, grouse, otter, snowshoe hare, squirrels etc. Berries everywhere in the fall. Fishing all over. Streams, rivers, lakes, ponds. Canoe is kept at the big lake along with additional emergency supplies/food in a steel job site box. Float plane dock but no plane yet. Working on that.

I get decent AT&T and Verizon cell service. The cell tower light is one of only two human lights visible at night. The airport beacon light is another (13.5 miles away) Awesome Northern Lights shows, which are easily viewed on the couch looking through the big north facing cabin windows. Everything about the property and location is awesome. (In my opinion, 2000 feet elevation overlooking Mt Denali) If isolation would bother you this place isn’t for you. I see a trapper neighbor a few times a year in the winter when he flys out but other than him I never see anyone else out here. Very difficult terrain and the only ways in and out are foot, plane, snow machine or helicopter, which is my preferred method. There is a nice landing zone 100 yards from the cabin.

I’d like to get a high tunnel or yurt greenhouse out here but not with my current situation. Possibly some chickens. Way too much for one person to deal with. And leaving them unattended while at work isn’t an option. I’m a professional mariner that has worked in the Arctic and Antarctica. I hate leaving this place for work and look forward to returning always. If I could stay here permanently I would. And I will one day. So write to me if your interested.
Yes I live there by myself. Not much left to do other than a few improvements.

1 year ago

Roberto pokachinni wrote:Is helicopter your only access!  I think I also see quad tracks in your alpine, but didn't see any roads or vehicles.



Helicopter, plane (skis or floats) and snow machine access only. You can hike in and out but need a pack-raft. My ATV can only go between the cabin and lake. It was disassembled and flown out, then reassembled.
1 year ago
I had an attached photo but had issues with it. Here’s two more.

1 year ago
Yes the metal roof lets snow slide right off. The winds help also.

1 year ago

Joseph Lofthouse wrote:How's the wind up on top of that mountain?



Very stout on occasions. The cabin is built on a huge rock and the foundation is anchored with 12 bored holes in the rock. Its sustained winds up to 100 mph many times. The roof is also cabled to the rock on all four corners. Speaking of wind I lost a snow shovel and generator cover last night, blew away in 40 mph winds. Might not find either until May-June when the snow melts.
1 year ago
New guy here. Been living off grid for three years in the Talkeetna Mountains of Alaska. Awesome cabin setup on 12.5 acres and spectacular view of Denali.

1 year ago