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Deep Freeze – January 15-18, 2011 (Trip 25)

Posted by Justin in Building, Each Trip, Full Account

The roof is roughly 75% complete!

This trip was unlike all others to date. I started off for Trapper Creek around 10 a.m., Saturday morning, after inflating all the truck tires. In Trapper my first order of business was to pick up items that were still stored on a friend’s property. The items consisted of a one-place trailer that would make [...]

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On a roll! – June 21-23, 2010 (Trip 17.1)

Posted by Justin in Building, Each Trip, Full Account, Video Posts

Cabin Foundation Cross-members

My first order of business, before moving up towards the roof and other VERY important aspects of any dwelling, was to reinforce the foundation. I must admit, bracing my underlying posts is something I should have done prior to working on my first floor, let alone the first floor walls, second floor walls, second floor, [...]

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Memorial Weekend, 2010 (Trip 16)

Posted by Justin in Building, Each Trip, Full Account

The cabin as I left it on Memorial Day. Notice the tall window that is now framed and cut out.

What a great weekend at the cabin! The weather was warm and sunny, and the terrain was a bit dry, which made for easy travel. Also, being springtime, when I did come to tough areas I was able to easily spot alternate routes through the low vegetation. It’s amazing how different things look without all [...]

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Knee High in Spring Thaw (Trip 15)

Posted by Justin in Building, Each Trip, Full Account

Dee crossing a second branch of the ice cold Trapper Creek

Dee and I planned to hike out to the property on May 1, 2010. It would allow for one last excursion together before she left for the summer, and serve to get moving on my upstairs walls. We weren’t sure what to expect, whether or not there would be much snow, whether or not we [...]

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Race Against the Sun (Trip 14)

Posted by Justin in Building, Each Trip, Full Account

The bottle opener from Belize works great!

On March 27-28 I was on a mission. First, the snow was melting fast under the growing daylight hours and warmth, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to return to the property until spring unless I hiked in. Second, I couldn’t stand the thought of that wall that had been pushed out by the [...]

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Summer Solstice, Let the Construction Commence (Trip 7)

Posted by Justin in Building, Building A Backcountry Cabin

The moment of truth! I had lumber staged at the property, some new tools and construction hardware loaded up in the car, and a burning desire to build. It had been roughly a year and four months since I bought the property, and time had flown by without any construction progress; although, it’s not as [...]

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