December 12, 2012

My Adventure In a Tiny House

Last January I covered Zack Griffin and the beginning of his tiny house adventure visiting the great ski areas with several friends across North America. Here is the link.

Zack recently contacted me and here is what he had to say:

Last year I built a Tiny House in order to go on a ski trip! Along with my girlfriend, brother, and two other friends we took the house all over the western United States and into Canada, over 9000 miles. We had the time of our lives! My brother made a movie that I wanted to share with you. I hope you enjoy it!

Below is the movie and some still photos of their adventure. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. Thanks Zack for a great update to your adventure.

See still photos below.

tree on the house

framing the roof

Carter helping out

working hard

tiny house completed

rolling along

road grime

first parking lot

Silverton, Colorado

mountain pass

fixing the truck

cooks in the kitchen

Canada lights

warm inside

home in the mountains

summer resting place

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DJ - December 12, 2012 Reply

I love the videos. Good background tunes, personalities, narrative, construction process, spiral stairs, rustic Americana and love for all things outdoors.

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I’ve never owned Outdoor Research products before but since watching the videos, I’m very much intrigued and would strongly consider buying from them.

Niall - December 12, 2012 Reply

Sounds idyllic going on a ski-tour with a tiny house… That’s what I plan to do as soon as I manage to build my own! Just need Ireland to snow a lot more during the winter… hmm.

    Annie - January 18, 2013 Reply

    You COULD wait for Ireland to snow more.
    Or you could go on a road trip across Europe that ended(?) with the Alps! Dream big πŸ™‚

    I love this Tiny House – the stairs are just so cool!

Mike - December 12, 2012 Reply

This video is a great nudge for all of us standing at the dream/reality threshold. Thank you.

Hunter - December 12, 2012 Reply

What a fantastic tiny house. Having said that i think at least a toilet should have been built in. But otherwise , one great house. Sorry about Rusty. great film. congrat’s. we need to see more of these awsome homes.

WD Flooring - December 12, 2012 Reply

That is what we call livin’ the dream of the endless winter.

    laura - December 16, 2012 Reply

    So very very true. πŸ˜› πŸ™‚ Eight whole months… :S πŸ™‚ Then one month for spring and two for summer and one for fall lol πŸ˜›

Cephus - December 12, 2012 Reply

I’m a tropical brother, and cannot handle the cold weather much, however I do find your little adventure inspiring. If I was that young again, I would be all over doing something like this as well. I’m currently converting my 6X12 DooLittle cargo trailer into a camper but without a bathroom either. I am leaving a spot for it in case I decide later to add it in.
By the way, how did you get the Tiny House back or did you choose to abandon it in a parking lot in Canada?

Heather - December 12, 2012 Reply

Excellent video and adventure. Very well done indeed.

Hugh Wolfe - December 12, 2012 Reply

Wonderful story of what must have been an awesome trip, even with the mechanical breakdowns. Not a skier myself, but having lived in Silverton for a month, in the railway depot, I can relate to the area. I’m curious as to what equipment was used for producing the video? Thanks for sharing.

stpauligirl - December 12, 2012 Reply

Wow – excellent documentary (mini-mentary? adventure-mentary?). I’m trying to force my mind away from all the obvious questions and simply enjoy the dream. They look like incredible skiers and someone is an amazing videographer. I enjoyed every minute of that video!

LaurelB - December 12, 2012 Reply

What an amazing story and experience. The movie is so well done…I was there! The mountain segments are awesome and beyond beautiful. Canada is lovely and we can usually guarantee snow. In fact, we had about an inch of pretty powder fall on us today here in Winnipeg.

Aric - December 12, 2012 Reply

Wow! I am speechless. What an awesome video!

May Rusty D rest in peace!

Mike - December 13, 2012 Reply

I really like the stair case. So cool because it dubbs as a seat and it beats a ladder any day. How did the house make it home after rusty D died?

Anne B - December 13, 2012 Reply

Fantastic cinematography! Left me feeling exhilarated and thinking of adventure. I especially appreciate that you included clips of difficulties encountered. The soundtrack was perfect for the story and I hope to see a sequel.
Have been buying OR for years and like the added features they put into items for less than I would pay for trendier brands.

william carlisle - December 13, 2012 Reply

Kudos and congrats on living your dream !!!!!!!!!!! God Bless Ya’ll and Merry Christmas

AnthonyRizzo - December 14, 2012 Reply

How does someone go about financing such an adventure? It sure looks expensive!

Paul M - December 15, 2012 Reply

Great film, makes me wish I was 25 years younger, I build an 8 x 20 tiny house called the Duck Shack. We pulled it to Arkansas from Ky. for the hunting season. I got 6 mpg in my F-150, I wondered how thirsty Rusty was on your trip?

LeeK - December 15, 2012 Reply

Thanks guys for taking me on a micro part of your fantastic journey. Well done! How about another episode?

Carol - December 15, 2012 Reply

What a fantastic voyage you took us all on… Thank you! Keep that spirit of adventure, creativity and exploring the unknown alive in everything you do. Love your tiny home!

Rusty served you well….The memories you created will last a life time.

Merry Christmas and God Bless!

Sarah - January 4, 2015 Reply

I am trying to figure out how to apply to be on the Tiny House Nation show. Do you have any knowledge of how to contact Zach or the show?

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