Mike Basich was a snowboarding pioneer. But after hundreds of competitions that brought money and fame, he went in search of something different. ROCK MUSIC PLAYING Welcome. Thank you. It’s such a rush just to get up here. MUSIC PLAYING When did you first get into snowboarding? My mom was always looking for something different and fun for us to try out, so that’s how we.
Discovered it. And the sport had no rules. And that’s where that kept us in it, because no one was telling us what to do. Oh! Ouch! From 7 to about 14 years old, I had epilepsy. And so being different than everyone else, you felt at home. That’s something my parents drove into me every day, saying it’s OK to be different. I just tackle things that way. MUSIC PLAYING Well, welcome.
Wow. This is the inside. It’s beautiful. How long did it take for you to build this place? It took me five years two and a half years to do all the rock work. I think I moved about 175 ton of rock. Every piece of cement was hand mixed, and gathered the water for it by hand, as well. God, it’s such a labor of love. You get to do fun things. This is actually a shower here. And it’s a seat in the daytime.
But you get to use it’s a bit camping style. No shower curtain, just out in the open. Pouring water, sitting down. MUSIC PLAYING I’ve got a little oven, which the door’s from the junkyard. And bought a nice little fireplace, which is my cooking, heating water, warming the place. So that’s the central attention for the utilities. Yeah. This is it. Where are you getting your water?.
Yeah, this is creek water, which I have two creeks on the property. Mike, where do you sleep? I’ve got the loft as my bedroom very different than anywhere else I’ve lived. I go to bed with the sun, and I wake up with it. I don’t feel like I’m trying to race time. In a city, you always feel like you’re on a rat race. And here, it feels like you’re in sync with what’s actually happening. So this was your dream. Since you were a little boy, you’ve been wanting to do this. This is my dream and reality, 40 acres to do whatever I want with. It’s really fun.
MUSIC PLAYING Tell me when you first started getting into that competitive circuit. Competitive circuit was right off the start. The World Cup, traveled the world a bunch I’d be in a different country almost every weekend. Worked my body hard. I was making about $170,000 a year. Played it pretty smart. I bought my first house, 4,000 squarefoot house huge because I went for the American dream. I bought the big house and had a fancy car. It didn’t do anything different for me. It just took up time.
We started getting sponsors that didn’t have anything to do with snowboarding. You started dealing with people that didn’t really care about your imagination. I let go of the competition 15 years ago, at least. I do a lot through photography through snowboarding, so that’s been my outlet versus the competition. And that’s how I end up in the back country. MUSIC PLAYING Where did the decision come from to build this place off the grid? Nature inspires me, and that’s why I choose this kind of environment. I want to learn how to live off the grid, have appreciation for nature, and how to keep the rain off my.
Living Off the Grid is Harder Than You Think
This family went from living this urban city life with financial stability to boom, being off the grid. I don’t think that it’s something that many Americans could do. What was that adjustment period like for you? For the first few months that we were here,.
We felt successes after successes. This is our bikepowered washing machine. I got this off of Craigslist for $20. We got this bike at a thrift store, and we were able to select gears so that we can go kind of slow for a tumble, and then we can gear up and go really fast to drain it and to spin it out. The kids bathe in a bathtub once a week on the weekends,.
And then Nick and I also shower at least on Sundays, and more often if we feel like we need it. We carry water for the shower, just like we carry everything in a basin. We heat up water on the propane torch and mix that together with cold water until we have the temperature right, and then that mix will run through a hose.
Downhill to the shower. My rule is that I won’t shower at anything less than 20 degrees. It’s something that I thought would be a disadvantage, but actually it’s very enjoyable. It wasn’t until the wintertime that we met challenges that we really weren’t able to surmount. I had not been prepared for how dark.
It is in the wintertime when you don’t have electricity and how that affects your emotions. It’s too cold for the kids to be outside very much, so we did have that sense of family cooped up in small spaces. It just wears on you. It just got to be really heavy. I want you to calm down.
Find something else to do. What else could you do other than torture each other? And I had a few failures as a homesteader at that time. I had failed to take care of my first bee colony. There they are. You also mentioned you had a confrontation with a bear. So when the bear came, my husband was out of town, and I was caring for my three children by myself.
And I have no communication, so I couldn’t call someone to come. That was a scary moment for me. So this dish that our dog drinks out of, it’s bent in from my banging it against another pan when I was trying to get the bear to go away. I got this gun after we had the bear incident. I have very mixed feelings about it, and we rarely, if ever,.