I'm new to this community, but have been lurking about, and have an idea to bounce off you wonderful frugal-minded folks. First, some intro, since I suppose that is only polite :-) I live in the Pacific Northwest and have just returned to school. I am currently taking courses at Thomas Edison State College, via their distance learning program (I don't recommend them however, and am trying to get into Eastern Oregon University next year). I am in the Oregon National Guard too. I'm thinking this summer of either spending an entire month (versus the normal two weeks) of Guard stuff or working at the local Girl Scout camp for the summer (money, plus free room and board!), but I also have this wild idea... There is a large amount of land very close to where I live that is uninhabited except by a few squatters. This land is mostly hilly plains, with some valley bottom, brushy brambly areas and some stands of trees and is part publis and part private. I hike back there almost everyday during good weather and sometimes not so good, and partly inspired by hearing about that guy from Utah, I keep thinking what an awesome place to live it would be. I've currently been scoping out good spots and reading up to see how feasible this is. I have a great deal of outdoor background and skills, but it would be a big change, even for me. This area is within easly hiking distance to a shopping center that has a good Winco and a laundrymat, and I can ride my bike to the local university to get internet access and do my homework. (I have friends check out most of my textbooks from there for me and only had to buy one book this term) I quit my crappy retail job a couple months ago, but my drill money isn't enough to pay for rent, but it would cover my other bills plus food just fine, so I wouldn't need to work otherwise or I could get a parttime job and get some savings again. I have a nice light two-man tent but I am thinking I would want to replace it with something larger (like a well watersealed four man from Freddies or Target) that would give me more room and I wouldn't miss too much if someone found my campsite and stole it. I'm thinking I could have have a tent and then pitch a tarp in front of it just overlapping for a kitchen area and place to stretch out. Rain is a huge consideration here. Maybe put down a couple cheap rugs (or make my own out of crocheted plastic bags) to keep the mud down too. I have recently been playing with an alcohol stove made from a soda can. The flame is practically invisible and I can get fuel from Winco (although I'll probably draw some funny looks buying Heet in the middle of a warm spell since they don't have regular denatured alcohol lol). My cooking style would have to undergo some *very* dramatic changes for this to work, especially since I'll have no refridgeration, but I do know many food really don't need it for short-term storage (hard cheeses and eggs, for example). There are planty of streams and springs in the area for water and I know how to dig a proper trench latrine for long-term use. During the warmer months I can use a solar shower and perhaps get a gym membership for the cold ones. I can get a cheap prepaid cellphone from T-Mobile that gets service there so the Guard/future employers have a way to contact me. I could go on, but that's probably enough rambling for the moment...any longer and I'd have to figure out how to do an lj cut... So, anyone have any experience in these matters or just any thoughts on my plans? I'm planning on doing a trial run later on this week if it stops raining (would at least be able to set up when it's somewhat dry even if it starts again a few hours later), but thought I'd try and bounce the idea on you guys too. If anyone knows of any squatting resources that aren't about living in abandoned buildings please feel free to pass those on too!