Joshua Killeen, a US Veteran War Photographer, lives off-grid on a beautiful property in Northern Arizona and is the Media Coordinator for the Arizona Rural Landowners Association (ALRA). This Association was recently formed in order to combat the corruption, harassment, and extortion from Yavapai County code enforcement officers on rural landowners which has been happening for years. From landowners being charged astronomical permitting fees to being kicked off their land, the corruption is widespread in Northern Arizona. In this episode of Nomad Ramblings, Joshua tells their story and what they are doing to fight back.Read More
Christo’s nomad resume is off-the-hook. He’s spent the last 21 years as a river guide, launching from Honduras, Alaska, Grand Canyon, Salmon, Idaho. California, Colorado, and West Virginia. His love affair for the past eight years is paragliding, an activity which rises far above sport for him, but he does compete internationally. Some of the highlights include: In the Rat Race, in Applegate Valley, OR, he was the Sprint class winner in 2016, the Sport class winner in 2017, and the overall Sport 2017 US National Champion. In 2017 in Pemberton, British Columbia, he placed 6th in the Canadian Nationals. He’s paraglided in Nepal two different years, Thailand, Columbia, Canada, and Mexico. His 2019 Fall plans take him to India, where he intends to Vol Biv Fly his way over the mountain range where the Dalai Lama lives. Vol Biv is the current frontier of paragliding, where pilots work their way cross-country, flying from peak to peak, camping along the way.Read More
What’s up, Nomad Ramblers! Craig here with the honor of introducing a big milestone for Nomad Ramblings. Welcome to episode 50. We’re in just over a year on this extended conversation and Brian and I want to thank all our listeners for tuning over the past year. Having this venue is a big driver for growth for us. Thanks for being part of it.
Fitting for this milestone, in this episode Brian and I talk about how we define a nomad, as well as VanLife trends and impacts we see and experience. It dawned on me while editing this episode that we may come across as a bit negative in our VanLife discussion. We talk a lot about how mountain towns with surrounding public lands and their respective National Forest/BLM offices are acting to limit dispersed camping in response to increased public lands abuse. Towns are even outlawing sleeping in one’s vehicle. These trends are disappointing, but understandable. Keeping our eye toward solutions, though, we call on the responsible vast majority to step up and educate and guide any unknowing bad actors giving we nomads a bad name.
Our conversation ends pondering what it means to be a nomad. Brian sees nomads as free minds; I view nomads as artists. What do you think? Let us know.
Hey Everyone! We’re back after a short 6 week break and had a chance to record a podcast from camp just north of Crested Butte a few days ago. This is a free-flowing podcast with no real outline so we touch on a number of topics including the Omega Man concept, why being an “influencer” can be a distraction, Craig’s travel plans to the East Coast, and Brian’s summer in Crested Butte working for the town as a part-time gardener.Read More
Too much Dr. Phil and the comforts of home gravely threaten Brian’s sanity. His mind seeks escape through the utopia of social media, but he finds only the chaos of morons with moronic opinions. Without the life and death excitement of snowmobiling daily in and out of the Off-Grid Monastery, Craig seeks inspiration. He needs some healthy goals. Now is not the time to indulge in the false comforts of social media. If you relate to any of the above, it’s time to make a plan to hit the road!Read More
Why is there such conflict these days? Why do people feel the need to control everyone else’s thoughts, speech, and beliefs? Have we lost the ability to be tolerant of other viewpoints? Is social media to blame for the “group speak” causing brain atrophy? We talk about a few different real life examples of why it’s dangerous to engage in identity politics and how being open-minded to opposing viewpoints can foster positive changes personally and professionally. Thanks for tuning in!Read More
Being completely honest with this statement…Craig is lucky to be alive today. Immediately upon his return from Bears Ears, a massive lightning strike decimated the off-grid ranch in Gunnison. Craig was in the house when it happened and witnessed lightning bolts of energy pulsing through the air in the living room area. He explains what happened, how the strike completely destroyed the entire electrical system, and what it’s going to take to get everything back up and running again. Thanks for tuning in!Read More
Roughly 10 days ago, Brian was driving to a camping meet up with a bunch of people from all over the country. Arriving early in the day, Brian anticipated a weekend full of good times and memories hiking around with others and enjoying the wonderful scenery. However, one irresponsible dog owner changed all that as his aggressive German Shepherds attacked Sierra leaving her with a 6 inch gash on her neck. They would have killed her had Brian not been right there to defend Sierra.Read More
In true truck camping fashion, we recorded this episode on the back of Craig’s tailgate this morning from camp in Bears Ears National Monument. I’ve been wanting to talk to Craig about his experience this past winter living at the off-grid ranch in Gunnison County, CO with snowmobile access only. What was it like when the walls started to close in? Was there ever a moment when he wanted to quit and leave the ranch? Craig goes into detail about how this past winter changed him physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thanks for tuning in and have a great weekend!Read More
We both feel this is one of our best conversations yet! Craig decided to come truck camp for a week in Bears Ears National Monument so we’ve been hiking to ruins and enjoying the incredible scenery while truck camping all over this amazing place. This episode was recorded at an unbelievable dispersed camping spot called Muley Point located high up on Cedar Mesa, the top of the world views were second to none and we very much enjoyed catching up by the campfire on a 2,000ft ledge!Read More
Hey Everybody, welcome to another episode of Nomad Ramblings: Conversations from the Road. Craig here. Brian and I finally caught up the other day to get this episode out. Brian started his volunteer efforts at Bears Ears National Monument and I’m still at the Off Grid Monastery here in Gunnison, Colorado, where it’s still snowmobile only in or outRead More
In episode 40, Brian sits down with Chad Bria who has been living off-grid in a remote section of Northern Arizona on 38 acres. For the past two years Chad and his wife Lisa have been building their off-grid property bit by bit. Chad goes into detail as to why he chose the simple life off-grid and how it has improved his quality of living. Thanks for tuning in!
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Who here in the United States and Canada are sick of winter?! This podcast was recorded when Craig was dealing with a blizzards in Gunnison, CO while Brian experienced the same thing in Sedona, CO. Craig talks about his snowmobile adventures and Brian shares how recent psilocybin use has helped him put to bed some issues that have been bothering him for some time.Read More
Today’s conversation stems from a listener’s question - how do we handle loneliness. Though we touch on the practical things we do to keep ourselves busy, the bulk of our discussion focuses a slightly different question - Why am I lonely? Brian and I both share how our nomad lives improved our self understanding and helped us become comfortable being alone.
So settle in for another conversation from the road, one which includes humor, hypocrisy, and plenty of deep thoughts.Read More
Hey Everyone! I was able to connect with Phil from Down2Mob Overland over the past few days in Sedona, AZ for a little winter pickup truck camping. Phil has an incredible overloading rig - a Dodge 2500 4x4 with a custom box camper mounted on a flatbed built for full-time living. We talk about various topics including reasons for getting on the road, why you shouldn’t wait until your retirement years to enjoy life, and what motivated Phil to make the switch from a traditional lifestyle to one spent adventure traveling across the United States. Thanks for tuning in!Read More
In this episode of the podcast, Craig talks about the dangerous nature of his snowmobile commute to and from the off-grid ranch. The snow continues to pile up while temperatures plummet in Gunnison, CO making his commute truly dangerous should any accidents happen while on the snowmobile. Brian dives into certain aspects of nomadic living and talks in detail about the fundraising efforts for his Bears Ears National Monument volunteer endeavors starting up on March 22nd and running through the end of April. Thanks for tuning in!Read More
Hey Everyone! Sorry for the absence as of late, both of us have been super busy since the first of the year. In this episode, we dive into a user submitted question from Ken Arbuckle who asks about truck camping in the New England and West Coast regions. Craig has some experience in these specific areas so he shared some advice on how to make your truck camping endeavors successful on out East. Thanks for tuning in!Read More
Craig reveals his dog Roux is suddenly blind. As heartbreaking as this is, Craig is soldiering forward finding a way to continue his adventure lifestyle with Roux every step of the way. Craig discusses the rapid decline of Roux’s sight, the diagnosis from a local veterinarian, and how he’s adjusting to the “new normal” with Roux’s condition. Then the podcast switches to Brian’s recent news of being invited to Bears Ears National Monument to volunteer full-time from March 22nd - April 30th. He’ll be working with other volunteers on backcountry crews in environmentally sensitive areas and has started raising funds for this endeavor through Patreon. Once his budget is met, Brian plans to donate all excess funds to the Bears Ears Education Center.Read More
Craig has been working in subzero temps at the off-grid ranch for weeks while Brian battles the flu. This episode covers strategies to keep the off-grid ranch complex at livable temperatures while discussing realistic New Year Resolutions.Read More