Handbuilt Off-The-Grid Tiny House Has Its Own Ropetow & Backcountry: Base Camp

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If you paid attention at all to snowboarding during the days before Facebook, then Mike Basich needs no introduction. But while the salad days of his pro snowboarding career may be in the past, he's gotten acclaim for years for chucking it all aside to build his own off-the-grid tiny home near Donner Summit in Lake Tahoe out of 175 tons of solid rock that took two and a half years to move and finish–all by hand. The house is accessible only by snowmobile in the winter, and sits on 40 acres of land that doubles as Basich's private backcountry paradise, even counting a ropetow that Basich salvaged and installed on his property. He's also got a snowcat he runs on veggie oil and can use to plow a road for his sled or build booters for visiting jibbers. Did we mention there's a wood-fired hot tub, too? It's called Area 241, and you're going to be wanting to quit your job and build your own after watching this video.

See also: TGR cinematographer Dan Gibeau builds his own mobile tiny home for $40,000.

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