Off Grid Log Cabin: Alone with my Dog in an Ice Storm

Did I wake you up? I have a feeling you are going to sleep up on this couch aren’t you? is that what you’re planning You are going through a lot of food today Cali That’s fair. Two thirds for me one-third
for you, okay? I’m done I’m having mine you’ve been very patient. That’s a good
girl Ready for dinner are you? Don’t you be getting up there. You know
better than that. Okay not the table though. Go to your dish
please Go to your dish. That’s a lot give you too
much you almost as much as me you Do you deserve that? Do you deserve all this all? Give me five girl okay go ahead go ahead,
Yeah it’s true it’s all yours good girl
You’re welcome stay out of the way okay. It’s my
turn to eat Give it a second to cool down okay high five
good girl okay careful that’s hot All right thank you Cali. Leave it Thank you. Are we going for a
walk want your backpack on she just chose to go out and sleep
outside by her itself on the front porch and watch for squirrels. Let’s see if
I can get her to come back in Sleep inside instead? Or stay outside in the rain? Are you staying there or coming in? okay Hungry? Cali get up. Okay good girl One more time. You smell good girl double
check a good girl yeah yeah you’re right Alright one more okay. Give me five…give
me five nice warm bed in here it’s the beginning of this cabin build and I
had a lot of funny questions people being sarcastic but asking how many
slivers I got or injuries that I got during this cabin build and there was
one incident when I was lifting the ridge beams up on to the roof into
position. I was climbing up this ladder with the heavy 6×6
hemlock beam and it just shifted on me and it came down on my thigh and gave me
a bruise but I kept working. It wasn’t enough to stop me so it
wasn’t that bad but that was literally the only minor injury I’ve had in the last
nine months working on this cabin little slivers no black nails from hitting with
a hammer no ladder falls no roof falls and I think the reason for that is a
couple of reasons I think one of them is that it’s not a job so I’m able to take
my time. It’s one thing about our not being in the work force and trying to make money’s is that
you need to do things quickly that certainly not the case here I think the
other thing is that I’m just in the moment when I’m working here you listen
to the lack of noise listen to the silence outside and the fresh air I
think maybe makes a difference too I’m just able to really really focus on what
I’m doing no distractions team what I’m deep in thought okay and what when I’m
working with them right now still doesn’t just distract you from the work
itself I’m able to pay attention now I do have a cellphone here with me and I
have a first aid kit and answering other questions with safety I do have a carbon
monoxide alarm and also a fire extinguisher so that’s screws later once I get to a
hardware store yeah it’s gonna be favorable la mode here clearing the snow off and
getting trucking out more materials to finish that bench and put some shelves
and stuff in visible answer a couple of your questions since so many new people
came to the channel as a result of that viral video last week but noticed on
some of the bigger social media pages like lad Bible and NBC Good Morning
America and the dot do I live here full-time answer’s no not yet
I don’t have the place righty first of all for my wife and I and because I am
married my kids are still with us but they’re just about to move out and move
on with their lives so just just gonna be my wife and I and my dog our dog so
once the cabin rolled in his homestead is ready she and I can move up here at
least for a year and see what it’s like there’s just too many things I need to
add to make this place comfortable for a couple rather than just for myself
including a bathhouse in addition to this a house somewhere to clean
year-round just like laundry facilities somewhere to do wash clothing the
outdoor kitchen something out to cook in there all the time and we can bake bread
and stuff out here in the oven a workshop I can’t keep working inside
doing construction inside the building you need a woodshed and I need to keep
cutting wood and have that in at least a year or two ahead now before moving in
here full-time and needing to heat it full-time sauna like I said more
bathhouse storage for food is probably my biggest challenge now if I lived
alone if I was single 100% I’d be here right now this is more
than comfortable enough for me if you want to stay tuned near the end of
almost all of my videos I have a section I call myself reflections where I talk
about my feelings for the week and some habits and things that I use to live my
life in just observations on people and events
stuff like that so if you want to stick around to that for help talk about in
this episode hypocrisy and how I’m a hypocrite but just about everybody’s a
hypocrite and you need to just decide at what level we want to be and Cali don’t
knock that tripod over something yeah just in this day and age it’s hard to be
one of any one thing so even though I’m building this wilderness off-grid
homestead there’s things that I have to compromise on which leads me to another
question and that’s the roof boards and the floorboards no I did not mill those
myself I don’t have a mill and I don’t have power equipment or generator up
here to do that I have a chicken chainsaw mill that I’ve never used
before maybe that’s my compromise I start doing that that’s the one power
equipment or power process that I use to build the rest of the things up here at
the cabin so I did get these things milled locally though extremely cheaply
the rough sawn lumber not from a lumber store but it fit into my model into my
plan my plan was to build this thing as cheaply as possible I wanted to see if I
could build a place free essentially and almost live for free that’s not quite
possible I’m doing my best to accomplish that but there’s compromises at every
turn lighting for example now that’s one of the other main questions I get is at
the end of that short time lapse video and then the longer video I show me up
in the loft with lights in behind me of course that’s my wife’s touch not mine
this little twinkling lights and the in the loft in the bedroom but actually
they’re functional so I’ll turn those on at night before going to bed and that’s
enough light to get ready for bed by those are powered by little just
double-a batteries that I recharged using this goal zero solar charger I
because again this is a mix of modern and and old traditional whatever you
want to deemed traditional if you can call anything traditional and when you
call something traditional what period and you referring back to but you know I
have to run these batteries the camera run the lighting for the
camera and I need some kind of lighting even if it wasn’t for camera which would
mean either bringing it fuel or finding a place that I can collect enough
beeswax I guess to make my own candles which is not really practical I’ve never
found anything like that in fact honeybees aren’t even native to to
Canada and that would not have been a traditional method of use of lighting
anyway I digress but basically the point is that everything’s a compromise I need
power here so it means I’m probably gonna have to install a solar system
which answers another question that a lot of people have what am I going to do
for power right now I have to go back and charge my batteries back in my truck
at the roads I’ve got to hike out of here right now
plug my batteries in keep the truck on I need to bring materials up from the road
anyway so that’s going to take some time and while that’s happening the batteries
are charging but that’s just not practical I need to get a charging
station close to the cabin that I can you know charge a couple of deep-cycle
batteries full-size a car battery size and I can charge everything off of that
and then we got address the things like Wi-Fi right now it’s just cellular and
surprisingly I have cellular service here right here at the higher part of
the property if I go down even to the back of the cabin sometimes or down into
the valley certainly or on most of the property I have no cell service so
it’s expensive of course to just keep doing cellular so I need a satellite
Wi-Fi system here eventually again completely against the grain of
completely being off-grid but that’s the compromise and I’m just going I’m going
to continue doing this that I’m going to continue sharing all my experiences up
here with you guys so I need to have that Wi-Fi to be able to do that right
now most the time I have to run into town even though I’m not up here
full-time like I said my Internet’s not much better at my house so I need to run
into town to a library or a Starbucks or something like that what you get is just
so opposite of what I’m doing here it feels odd to sit there Starbucks
watching uh listen to the sounds well while I upload a video of this
tranquillity here but those again that’s the compromises that’s the hypocrisy of
the age that we live in and what I’m doing here so am i 100% off grid you
know doing something that hasn’t been done in 50 years 400 years no I would
love to do that but the practicality isn’t probably not going to because I’m
going to have to have some modern conveniences I will have to continue to
bring in batteries or you know even kerosene or lamp oil trying to reduce my
inputs as much as possible if is that dedicated very serious about reducing my
living expenses to as close to zero as possible and that was my dream twenty
six seven years ago and when I was a teenager I’m getting back to that now
and I want to try to fulfill that now that I’m almost 48 I want to be able to
get to that point in my life where I could be totally self-reliant or as
close to self-reliance as is possible in this day and age yeah and in the past
that wasn’t really possible either typically communities helped each other
there’s always barter there’s always a importing and trading I mean break down
to the spices that I use for my cooking I can’t draw those locally so they’re
traded in and they would have been for the last thousand years or more we
are in a global with globalization things are easier to get they’re cheaper
but my goal is to reduce my footprint ecologically as well live a more
sustainable lifestyle which means trying to limit the inputs or the imports I
guess from you know far off and that includes things like soybeans that are
just not growing and corn for that matter not growing organically or
sustainably and we have to import a lot of that stuff here so I’m trying to
reduce that as much as possible while also having a clean healthy diet so a
lot of compromises and a lot of contradictions and a lot of hypocrisy
that’s uh that’s the way it is that’s the channel that’s who I am so what I’m
setting out to do here is there just reduce that hypocrisy as much as
possible so if you are new to the videos this is typically the way they’re
structured that I’ll build or do no fishing or
something productive at the beginning of the video most of the time it’s silent
because I’m not a big talker I’d rather just go do my stuff in the outdoors and
and enjoy the peace and quiet and the solitude the serenity and then at the
end of the videos I tend to talk and ramble on because it’s so quiet for so
long so this is what I’m doing right now so thanks everybody for watching this
video I really appreciate it look forward to seeing up the cabin next week
take care and have a great week

100 thoughts on “Off Grid Log Cabin: Alone with my Dog in an Ice Storm

  • 🌲🌲If you thought that was cool, check out the Forest Kitchen I'm building now . 🌲🌲

  • I'm so jealous lol I Luv this life style. I don't currently live like that, but I'm workin on it. Beautiful cabin & EXTREMELY BEAUTIFUL puppy 🙂

  • Well. I'm sure that I can speak for a lot of people when I say, Thank U so much for sharing. I Luv it !!! 🙂

  • Looking for any neighbors? I wonder if Colorado would allow me to do this. I plan on building one with more earth and stone. I'm even building my own truck starting with an engine and everything

  • I have a female golden, prefer her company to most anyone else, enjoy your exploits, you are a true woodsman, and I look forward to your new ventures.

  • I'm calling bullshit. Off the grid? Yet, you have a way to charge a camera, power very bright lighting for the camera, and upload to youtube. Also, that log you "cut" at the beginning has to be staged. Way to straight and clean.

  • Starlink will be available pretty soon for your wifi needs. It will be available in northern U.S. and Canada first.

  • this was beautiful . thank you for sharing. by the way, when you know you are a hypocrite, then you are not one, lol. be safe & remain peaceful. God bless 🙂 🙂 nancy in ga usa

  • Man ii envy you and your dog what a great environment and a intelligent dog you in. What's the recipe for the fruit desert?

  • First video here, and immediately a new subscriber.

    Regarding the hypocrisy discussion, another context you can put things in, since hypocrisy has negative connotations almost exclusively, is just that there's a duality to living in the modern world even for the self-sufficient. Buddhist monks living solitary lives of contemplation, but with access to cell phones for emergencies, things like that. People are an important element of anyone's life, and with people comes communication, and with communication comes technology. Maybe some elements of "purity" are lost, for lack of a better term, for people trying to live off the grid or lower their footprint, but it's okay to make concessions for quality of life or just general safety if you're conscientious about the bigger picture (as well as in cases like this of course, where there's the desire to live power-free, while at the same time running a youtube channel). Myself, I don't think having some xmas lights running off of a few rechargeable double-As diminishes the project at all. I was very impressed. Really enjoyed this and looking forward to seeing things develop further.

  • Check out Dick proenneke “alone in the wilderness” …. just saying. That guy made his on tools to make his own cabin . None of this North face , triple fleece lined goretex stuff.. he did it all wearing an old man suit in the middle of nowhere in Alaska. Lived there for 20 years.

  • LOVE THE CABIN, it is beautiful, you did a great job on it, I live in Florida and I have never seen snow in person, funny I know, but I haven't. it is so beautiful when you are walking away from the cabin with the dog, it is just beautiful, good luck and I will keep watching!!

  • Once I get my degree I’ll probably end up like any other graduate in the U.K, living in London working 9 to 5 doing a job I probably hate. But I actually want this life

  • Just seeing the inside of this cabin made my heart sing!!! All the warmth of the golden browns of the logs, even Cali is a warm brown color! And the sounds- GLORIOUS! The crackling fire, stirring the food cookin on the stove; pouring your coffee, the footsteps on the wood floor and even Cali's crunching her food. The snow/ice hitting your coat. Silence is golden; it allows us to hear the comforting sounds of LIFE. Heavenly! Good for you investing in your health so that you can enjoy many, many more days in the cabin with your favorite people/animals!

  • fascinating, but I wonder how to live off the grid and still have energy to run recording equipment and lighting, on top of radio/phone and other emergency devices. There is also the issue with injuries and drugs availability.

    Seems sustainable for maybe few months a year, but not as permanent solution.

  • oiga, ooh you speack english… that was spanish. I learned so much from you, actually im a videogames programator and designer (diseñador) and you have give me a good idea. Thanks for uploading this video. God Bless you and be well :). Do you hunt? I do hunt some times in here in El Salvador, tropical life, lots of food and so much noise heat and insecurity and danger of diying by crime or not find a job, but i see that life never is easy :v !

  • humans belong to nature, only in the wild humans can be really happy! you 're living the dream of the million people who want to escape from the cages of the urban industrial environments that we live in!

  • I’ve always said Dogs a so much nicer than most people! Laying in bed on my day off snuggled up to my 150# and 125# pups as they think it is “freezing” in Texas after a cold front blew in last night making it 45 degrees…lol, it’ll probably be 108 tomorrow😜

  • What an amazing, intelligent Man. I love his style of living,so plain yet peaceful. I'd give anything for this. Your dog is so adorable!❤️

  • Living like this out of free will might seem pleasant to us, but imagine you would HAVE TO live like this. Then most of us would say: No thank you. Would be a nice vacation. People do suck, yes… and most of us wish more of our lives. But living like this is just a metaphor for us craving another existence. Doing more of our lives. Him working with wood and cooking his own shit reflect that. But like he explains in the end, you always need batteries or other shit of technology. You will never be able to live completely on your own. You always have to compromise, like always. All of this simplicity looks like heaven. But do that for two days and you would be bored as fuck. But funny to see that you on your own would be happy there like it is, but you have the feeling to make it cozy for other people. Because in the end, you want to be alone, but you don't want to be lonely.

  • I just discovered your channel and I find the cabin interesting but I also have a suggestion. The best that I could see there is a possibility I may be wrong, there appears to be no outside air source for the combustion in your woodstove. Are you are probably aware every cubic foot of heated air in your cabin that goes into your woodstove is replaced by outside cold air leaking in at any place is possible to come in. The point of this is that you have already heated the air and you’re sending it back out up the chimney of the stove and sucking in ice cold air that you’re going to have to heat.
    Wood stoves at best are about 30% efficient so 70% of your wood cutting effort and heat from burning wood goes up the chimney and when it goes up the chimney it goes up there with preheated air from inside the cabinet. If it is possible to supply an air source for the combustion air from outdoors it would not use preheated air from in the cabin. It’s just like a clothes dryer it’s exhausting warm moist air from your home to the outdoors and it’s being replaced by cold air in the winter coming in any crack or crevice possible. Perhaps the woodstove manufacturer offers a kit that would help you.

  • Just started watching, this was my 1st video of yours. I was wondering how did you get a wood stove all the way out there like that I find it very interesting. Your way of life is very intriguing…

  • Sometimes you find yourself cutting a board or nailing it in place. It's seems insane in the moment and then the storm comes and that board is one of those few things that protect you and it suddenly makes sense.

  • Alle gemeinsam gegen Ungleichheiten wann immer Reichtummer aufbauen!
    Gemeinsam prodizirene Arbeiter, lehre, dr, Studenten, wirtschftler Wissenschaft, politischer wiessenschaft, soziale geselschften, Armut lebende Bewegungen, kann sehr scharf sein! Diese Bewegung ist gut für unsre herzen gesundheiten, unsre Demokratie, unsre freiheiten und Gleichheiten! Auch eine wichtige weg wichtigen poblikum Entscheidungen, ob auf reichtummer Reformen verfolgen oder alle menschenrechte, bedarf willen und Arbeitssteigene Maniefakturen die gegen setzwidirungen politisch egal welche Partei nicht sein ziele passt sind! Sowieso gegenteil Menschen wille Arbeiterklassen bleiben, weil wie immer nur an System Verlängerungen politischz und wirtschaftlichen reform denken! Die Entwiklungsgan der menschheit beeinflusst werden technische besonders elektronische mit unkostbare strom die förtschreitet zu nehmenden zwangapprat überflüssigen bestand haben! Dioe entwiklung menschheiten in jeder klassen kleine Geschäfte Arbeiter, rentner, Arbeitslose, auch studenten, legrer, schuler Armut lebende alle zusammen können wi chtige überbrücken alle poblikum jeder nationen mit soziale media finden, mit selbst entscheidene Volk mit menschheiten beeinflüssen Minimalismus, sozialerichtungen kann eine besere Demokratie soziale geselschaften Auf bauen nie mehr die reichtummer system zu viele ungleichheiten Aufbauen 99% menschen Armut leben! Nicht mehr kapitalismus uns Entscheiden wie narren,. Wie Atmen, und weiter leben, die erzugung dauerhaften überschussen entscheiden Selbsterzeugte Produkte werden soziale markt bringen nicht kapitalisten markt! Mehr gegen andre menschen egal welche stelle hier gesdtelt immer mit leih Arbeit , niedrige lohn, wenige leiztungen, Arbeitförderungen, kurz Arbeit und krankheiten leben todes alle Armut lebende! Das ist ungesunde leben wenn Mann keine recht finde weit unkrankheiten weg finden kann! Die Privateigentummär die Entwiklungswissenschft, wo sie sind, was sie wiesen, was noch nicht! Mehr ohne gründen Arbeitslos gestigen sind, mehr flöchtlinger geistigen sind, mehr Rentner gestrigen sind, mehr ungleichheiten gestigen sind, mehr Krankheiten geistigen sind! Weil immer Kapitalismus versuche mit macht alles Entscheiden! Fragen sie selbst wo vor soll alle menschen im reichtummer System mit niedrige lohn und leiztungen sterben, das ist keine demokratie Menschen hüngerig ohne medezin ohne famila Ohne Heimat ohne Bildung und Arbeitstelle sterben nur eine bessre leben suche! Ob wolle gebit genüg menschen lange leben 20. auch 50 jahre gearbeitet leben hart niedirig Armut! Wer ist zu ständg warheit sagen! Hüngerig sterben Das ist Schrfsten terror Menschen leben! Die individelle zureichbar soll allgemein sein! Nicht eine kleine familly diese welt reichtesten leben 99% Menschen Armut leben! Es soll alle egal wo, wie geld verdienen weil Öil, gas, Technologie steine, alle Produkten gehört menschen welsche nationen system protestieren geld verdienen! Wenn letztere zunehmenden massen von Andren Methoden vom Reichtum gut ist, warum millionen Arbeitslosen gibt, jeder studenten, jeder haus Arbeiterin, Jeder private entwiklungen Beschäftigung soll auch trinken geld verdinen , weil sie nutzen ihrem zeit, ihrem interne, ihrem Strom ihrem haus und wohnungen alles bezahlen selbst! Das ist nicht die nuterale vergutungen mit kapitalen media und daten schutzer alles Menschen Arbeite bedinungen schlocken weit ihrem Verbesserungen Verlängerungen Kapitalisten Reformen verbessern! Die Arbeitsplatz gehört menschen, die Arbeitskraft, idee und zielen technologhie alles mit poblikum Arbeiter klassen wird Auf gebaut aber mit leere Hände immer strafen bezahlen! Bevor sie wissen alle die obene genanten sind Arbeiter vom polikum vorder weahl! Die gesamte Organisationenheiten soll auch menschen gehören Arbeiter bewegung Arbgeitsbildung Arbeitssuchen alles nur poblikum w8ille und bedorfnissen laufe, die kritig arbeits ist eine bestraf zahlungen nicht weiter Lebens, die kritik ganz allein ohne unsre kraft idde, ziellen, gewinne nicht, die unsre bedarf soll keine grenzen haben wirtschaftlich ökonomisch gestiegen werden! Und jeder Feinheiten solle gleich sein alle zur kasse gehren! Die feinheit soll gleich sein die Schönheiten und fehler eines werkest selbstArbeit stellen wenn gleich stellen ist, nicht einen Fertigkeiten die Kritik jeder zeit auf die beste Art an zu wenden! Unsre Testamente das letzte gibt allein, wir laben zusammen immer mit viele Abstand, und familylos können auch nicht ein reichen land Aufbauen, jeder mit Freiheit und Gleichheiten weiter leben! Ahmad Hesam

  • It's like watching reality TV except nothing happens. Just watching a guy who doesn't talk or do anything except live.

  • great way to live and away from the hustle and the bustle of daily life in the city. This is certainly outside the Grid 🙂 Awesome!!!!!

  • Solar, wind power…and I don't know if you could grow willow bark but if you could dedicate an acre to it then you could farm that every year to keep you in wood. it grows incredibly fast to provide next years fuel for the house. Anyway you can still reduce your input by reusing your own waste with a compost toilet. ..I am sure you have thought of all these things though…I think you are in incredibly talented and enjoy your videos. Thank you.

  • First time I saw your video & enjoyed it very much. Love your golden retriever. I have always wanted to build a cabin and live off grid but never got a chance too & now I am 71 & my days of building a cabin of my own are long overdue. Raised four sons even thought I have had MS for 40 years. Thanks for sharing your experiences.


  • Let's throw this guy in the Alone show let's see how he does. Great Cabin by the way. You sir have made your dog very proud!. 😉

  • Popped back to watch an older video. I'm always amazed at how peaceful your videos are, Shawn. This probably wouldn't be something that I could do now at near 60 with some of the health problems that I have but oh to spend time in nature doing what you do with a dog as well trained and devoted as Callie. Love your drone footage of the wilderness around you, combined with the peaceful music. Thanks for taking us along on your journey.

  • I don't see it as hypocrisy.. i see the best of modern and the best from times past mixed together. I see actual attempts to lower footprint and to source locally rather than relying on big chain stores. It works out better for everyone in the end and yes although many of my fellow self reliant types like to do this alone, community (even if its small) goes a long way. We evolved to live and thrive in small groups, makes sense we still have a yearning for it; modern conveniences but the peace and tranquility, natural light and air away from the cities. Circadian rhythms tapping a happy beat!

  • I don't think you are being hypocritical using modern technology. I think if you can be as off grid as possible while using modern technology that enables you to be off grid [solar power, WiFi, windmill etc] you will have the best of all worlds while being the most environmental:)

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