Mikey Basich has quietly become possibly the most influential snowboarder of all time. I mean, he basically invented the selfie and POV style photography in action sports and spearheaded the #VanLife movement long before it was actually called that. The best part is he has done it all behind the scenes without craving the fanfare and attention. And he’s still at it!

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Sample:

TGR: WHAT’S IT LIKE LIVING TRANSITIONING TO FROM THE OFF-GRID HOME TO LIVING IN THE VAN?

Mike Basich: As you know I have the cabin at Donner summit, but I’ve always had a camper or traveling vehicle my whole life. 

The Donner cabin was as a dream project–I spent somewhere between five and 10 years doing that. But after creating that amazing place I still had the itch to adventure. So I dove back into building out a vehicle for traveling. 

I first built a Dodge truck that could haul a sled but could still be parked at my Donner spot. That worked for a while, but I missed the vans I used to have growing up that I could stand up in. I built a tiny home trailer to tow with the truck, but I got sick of how long it was and how hard it was to park in cities. 

The van I’m in now is probably my sixth vehicle I’ve transformed, and I’ve put all my experience into a compact vision. It’s actually smaller than my Dodge truck and fits in a parking spot really easy.

On top of that, I wanted to bring in everything I like doing into the van, so I can fit the snowmobile in it.

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Click to TETON GRAVITY RESEARCH for the interview with Mikey Basich about his new build

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